Sunflowers

In the Sunflowers

In the Sunflowers today we continued to talk about the upcoming holiday of Yom Kippur.   The children remembered how  important it is to be kind to our friends and how we ask for forgiveness   if we accidentally hurt our friends.  The children enjoyed making their YOM KIPPUR SOCKS  (shoes) that they can wear to shul instead of their Shabbat shoes.  The children also enjoyed when their friends from the Gan Tziporim (4 year old class) shared their water bottles, shovels, and bubbles with us when we were outside on the playground.  We used our good  manners  and said “Thank You.”

Below the children enjoyed trying on their Yom Kippur socks.

 

The children can not wait to come back to school on Thursday and start to build our very own sukkah  for our classroom.  It is going to be so much fun.  Putting the walls up,  the roof (Sachach), and the decorations is going to be a lot of hard work.  We know that the children will be up  for the task.  Stay tuned to see how it turns out.

 

Wishing everyone a very easy and meaningful fast.

Morah Pam and Morah Aimee

By |September 17, 2018|

In the Sunflowers

In the sunflowers this week the children were eager to return to school and share with their friends how their Rosh Hashanah was.  The children enjoyed hearing the shofar being blown in shul; TEKIYAH, SHEVARIM, TERUAH, AND TEKIYAH GEDOLAH.  Dipping the apple in the honey was so yummy.  After hearing how everyone’s holiday went, the children couldn’t resist singing DIP THE APPLE IN THE HONEY… We started to talk about the next holiday of YOM KIPPUR.  We talked about how important it is to be kind to our friends and always say you’re sorry if you hurt someone. We also ask “What can I do to make you feel better?” The compassion the children show to each other is beautiful to observe. WE talked about some of the ways we celebrate this special day. The children said we got o shul and we mentioned that our mommies and daddies stay in shul for a very, very long time. We even talked about some things that we do that are so different than what we normally do like our mommies and daddies don’t eat- they fast. And how silly we thought it was to find out that we don’t wear our Shabbat shoes and instead we wear sneakers or slippers!! We can’t wait to talk more about these things next week!!

Here are some pictures of us being good friends.

 

We had our first Fire Drill practice this week. First, we talked inside our classroom about safety and ways to be safe. The children were able to give us a whole list of ways they know to stay safe from holding hands while crossing the street to walking safely on the steps. We spoke about how sometimes we […]

By |September 14, 2018|

Our Beginnings/Rosh Hashanah in the Sunflowers

We have had so much fun during the first week at school! We loved the playground and the Exploration room.  And especially playing with our friends.

This week we read books about the first day of school and Rosh Hashanah including Apples and Honey by Joan Holub and Mouse’s First Day of School by Lauren Thompson.

Rosh Hashanah is on its way. We talked about that it is the beginning of the year.   We were able to hold, feel and play with real shofars. We used magnifying glasses to look closer and saw why we felt bumps on each one. We noticed that some of the shofars had stripes and some had two colors or more. We wished we had our own shofars so we decided to create them in our classroom.

We also discussed how we eat apples dipped in honey for a sweet New Year.  We heard that one reason why we eat them could be that since they are round it symbolizes how the cycle of the year goes around and around. So many of the children expressed that they love to eat apples, so, we tasted 3 different color apples with honey.  Then we graphed which color apple each child liked best.

We enjoyed celebrating Shabbat with our friends.  We drank grape juice and tasted Challah.  We even got up and danced to the songs.

Thank you again, Morah Kerry! We loved having you with us!!

We wish you a healthy and happy New Year and look forward to seeing the children next week.

 

Morah Aimee and Morah Pam

By |September 7, 2018|

What a wonderful year in the Sunflowers!

It is hard to believe that the year is over. The yeladim have grown tremendously and they have not stopped singing their songs in the kitah! It really was an amazing day on Wednesday and we are so proud of all our yeladim!

We showed the yeladim their art folder that they decorated. They really look great and inside the folder is some of the art work that they have made through out the year. They created such beautiful creations. Hope you enjoy looking at all the fun stuff the yeladim made.

We celebrated Emily’s birthday on the last day of school. HAPPY BIRTHDAY EMILY! The girl’s painted Emily’s frame red and the boys decorated her frame with all of her favorite items from the supply closet.

Thank you for letting us teach your children. WE  gained so much from them as teachers and we wish them continued growth. Have a wonderful summer and remember to keep in touch!

 

Morah Lilli and Morah Yafit

 

By |June 15, 2018|

ABC’s on the table on the Sunflowers!

The yeladim LOVED the stencils last week so this week we put out ABC  stencils. It was so much fun identifying the different letters with their sounds!

We finished our special project for our “special person”. Now we have started  making a cute card full of “ sunshine”.  They started painting the rays of the sun using rotini pasta! THEY CANNOT WAIT TO BRING THIS SPECIAL PROJECT HOME NEXT WEEK!

Scooters were put out in the gym instead of cars this week. The yeladim  move as fast as they do on the cars. Yesterday we played with balls in the gym. Who wants to play soccer? We do!

Brenda came and  she and the yeladim were playing rhyming games as well as name games. They really enjoy the 15 minutes they have with her every week.

Lauren brought in a bird’s nest from her grandfather’s  house. We compared that birds nest to another one that we had in the kitah. But they looked very different. One birds nests’ base was made out of mud. It was very hard! The other bird’s nest was only branches. It was so interesting to see that two different birds make two different homes for themselves!

Cannot wait for graduation next Wednesday morning! Have a great shabbos!

 

By |June 15, 2018|

Time to taste in the Sunflowers class!

We went to check on our garden and we could not believe are eyes! The plants have grown so much that we were able to taste the “fruits of our labor”. The yeladim were able to taste butter lettuce, arugula and spinach. They tasted so fresh and delicious. Thank you so much to Negev’s mom for all her help with our garden!!

We received a very special present from Caleb’s grandmother. The yeladim LOVE  the light pads that were given to us! We made pretty designs with different color shapes. Their faces really “ lit up” when Morah Rachelle brought them into the kitah.

Preparations for our big graduation is well underway. Morah Jill came on Monday morning with her guitar and the yeladim really sounded amazing! The girls painted their very special glass candlesticks with pretty colors of glass paint.

Happy birthday Lia! We had a great time at her birthday party in class. We had vanilla cupcakes and played our bean bag birthday game.

Last but not least the yeladim’s started a very special project for someone very special in their lives. That is all we can say!

By |June 6, 2018|

Markers, Pencils and Easel Paper in the Sunflowers

Last Friday we planted our last plant at the side of the shule. Now all we have to do is to keep watering them! We will take a peek to see how they are growing!

We opened up a new activity at our tables in the Sunflower class. Large stencils were laid out and they were shapes of many things. Cats, cars, bears, and boats were just some of them. The yeladim took markers and started tracing inside all the different shapes. This is great for them to learn how to hold a pencil or marker. Easel paper was put on the easel as well to give the yeladim the opportunity to create lines that are vertical or horizontal. They loved this new activity and we will have this special activity all week!

Towards the end of the day we sat in a circle and listened to We are Going on a Bear Hunt. We repeated everything that the song said. We slapped our thighs with our hands and listened to the beat! We did the song three times and the yeladim want to continue singing this fun song!

 

We are getting our kitah ready for our special End of Year Celebration. The yeladim made different color handprints for a border on the wall. They picked two colors and kept pressing their hands different ways and angles! They look so cute!

By |May 31, 2018|

Red, White and Blue…….in the Sunflower class

We hope all of you had a beautiful Shavuot with your children. We have been checking on our garden all the time and we have been noticing small changes. The yeladim love to observe the plants and water them as well but we have had so much rain that the yeladim keep saying “ The soil is STILL wet!” Yes it is, and will be wet for awhile.

Next Monday is Memorial Day. During circle time we talked about how Memorial Day is really not a Jewish holiday. It is an American holiday where we remember many special people that protect our country. Just how Israel has soldiers that protect Israel, America has soldiers that protect it as well.

We looked at books that have pictures of the American flag but the yeladim knew that the colors of the flag were red, white and blue. We wanted to make a special decoration for Memorial Day so we decided to make a windsock. Not really made out of socks, but with this decoration you will be able to hang it outside and when the wind blows the streamers on the cans will be moving along with the wind!

The yeladim had a choice of painting their cans blue or red. Then they decorated with different materials of red, white and blue. They really look fantastic and very patriotic!

It was so much fun to fingerpaint with our patriotic colors as well! The yeladim figured out that blue and red make purple or that white can  make a color lighter!

Last but not least, we went to the two round gardens by the side of the parking lot. […]

By |May 24, 2018|

Shavuot is Here in the Sunflowers

The yeladim were so excited when Morah Jill our music teacher walked into our kitah! They were already on their chairs ready to practice with her guitar. They sounded great and their voices are getting louder every day!

We had a special visitor from the Livingston Board of Health. Her name was Jessica Kelly and she spoke to the yeladim about Playground Safety. Waiting our turn and that we should not stand on swings were some of the many things she discussed. We were so happy that she came to visit us and talk about this important topic.

Shavuot was really in the air when each one of our yeladim were able to become Sofer. They learned that a Sofer is a man who writes the words on the Torah. That is such a big job! Every letter has to be perfect and in a straight line. The yeladim received their own feathers and dipped them in black paint. They enjoyed being able to try to fill in the Hebrew letters on the paper that had their Hebrew name on it. It is NOT easy writing with a feather!

In circle time we talked about some customs that we have on Shavuot. The first thing that some people do is that they learn Torah all night. We know why! Because Hashem gave us the Torah on Shavuot! The second thing is that some people only eat dairy foods like pizza and macaroni and cheese and lasagna just to name a few dishes!
So in honor of this special Chag we made delicious cheesecake parfaits. The yeladim crushed the graham crackers in a sandwich bag with […]

By |May 18, 2018|

Carrots, Cucumbers and Tomatoes in the Sunflowers

We love going to our new garden! It is located at the side of the shule. We planted so many delicious vegetables. Some of the yeladim had a chance to make holes in the soil and the other ones had a chance to put the plants in the soil. It really was so great that we had this special opportunity to do this because we have been learning about plants and flowers over the past couple of weeks. We have to make sure that we take care of these plants very well! We will need to water them and make sure that they get a lot of sunlight. All we have to do is remember our plant song! Thank you so much to Negev’s Eema, Shyella, for all her hard work and donations to help give us this amazing experience!!!

Continuing our plant theme it was the perfect time to decorate our planters for Shavuot. The yeladim picked different colors and painted recycled containers. Next we added beautiful flowers made from fabric and paper. They look gorgeous and we look forward to planting our flowers in them.

Rabbi Y visited us on Tuesday morning and talked about how a Torah is made. It was so interesting to learn what the words of the Torah are written on. They are written the skin of a kosher animal.

  

As the week progressed we kept a keen eye on our plants. Our garden is looking good! All the plants look nice and green and the soil is very moist. We checked on each plant and remembered which one was the […]

By |May 17, 2018|