the sunflowers


Rabbi Rosenblum and The Matzah Factory came to IBECC.  The Sunflowers enjoyed a morning full of fun and excitement.  Learning how matzah is made and how quick it has to be made was a wonderful experience for all.  The children started by shucking the wheat and placing the seeds in the hand grinder where Lauren from the Fours and Rabbi Rosenblum turned it into flour.  From there, Ezra, another friend from the Fours, took the flour and poured it into a bowl.  Caleb then poured water into the flour where Rabbi Rosenblum mixed it together to make a dough. Everyone then received a piece of the dough and used a rolling pin to flatten it out and make it into matzah.  Rabbi Rosenblum then used a special instrument to put the little holes in the dough before placing it the special matzah oven.  Matzah cannot cook for more than 18 minutes if it will be Kosher for Pesach. We hope everyone enjoys the matzah that came home in the backpack.

The children continue to find many different ways to act out “being slaves” in Mitzraim and building so many buildings.

Stay tuned for more Sunflower excitement

Morah Pam, Morah Aimee, and Morah Debra


By |April 10, 2019|

The Sun Rays Shined Upon the Sunflowers

The Sunflowers were so delighted to finally feel the sun rays upon their faces.  After being cooped up inside for so many months due to the cold, the Sunflowers  were so excited to be able to go outside this week. Climbing, sliding, drawing with chalk, and playing “King of the hill” were just a few activities the children did.  Also, playing with the fours is always fun. The children were so happy when a friend walked by with her dog.  Everyone ran to pet it.

The children experienced a new type of art.  Sponge painting. The different textures of the sponges made for some unique imprints.

The children had a wonderful time learning about the mitzvah of HAFRASHAT CHALLAH, separating the challah.   We mixed all the ingredients together, waited for the dough to rise, punched it down and kneaded it again.  Then we formed the challah rolls, waited again for the dough to rise, and then finally placed them in the oven and said the special bracha we make when making a lot of challah.  Morah Pam placed the dough that was separated to “burn” in the oven.  Everyone is looking forward to eating the challah on Shabbat.

Wishing everyone a Shabbat Shalom!

Morah Pam, Morah Aimee, and Morah Debra

By |April 5, 2019|

The Sunflowers had a Marvelous Music Monday

The Sunflowers experienced a marvelous music Monday with Morah Jill. The children are always excited when Morah Jill comes to sing with them.  They wait with bated breath to see what songs they will learn, along with what cool instruments Morah Jill will bring for them to use.  Morah Jill couldn’t believe how many Passover songs we knew.  She smiled when the children were able to sing along with her since they knew all the words.  Ma Nishtanah, The Frog song, and NO NO NO I Will Not Let You Go.  Morah Debra acted as Pharoh while we sang that song.  The children thought that was just the funniest thing.  Playing with frogs was great, especially when everyone was able to make them jump up and down on the blue parachute that was representing the YOM SOOF.   The jumping matzah ball was fun too.  Morah Jill taught us a counting song using matzah balls.

The children were given the challenge to build Paroh a city as if they were slaves in Mitzrayim.  The children absolutely met the challenge.  All the different ways they used the blocks to build was incredible.

Morah Debra also challenged the children.  Setting up a picture of a piece of matzah for them to draw was no easy task.  The children had no problem with the challenge.  Sheer matzah masterpieces.

We can not wait to see what type of adventures the rest of the week will have.

Morah Pam, Morah Aimee, and Morah Debra

By |April 3, 2019|

Happy Birthday, Morah Debra ! Love, the Sunflowers

The Sunflowers took a little break from preparing for Pesach.  Playing with the blocks, cars, and trains to create a great big city took a lot of time and concentration.  The children used their creativity and of course team work.

The children had a wonderful surprise when the Morot opened the classroom door to welcome The Little Beginners in for a short play time.  It is always a pleasure to watch with excitement the expression on the children’s faces when they are able to spend some time with their siblings and all the other younger children.

Happy Birthday, Morah Debra! Everyone had a wonderful time celebrating Morah Debra’s birthday.  We surprised  her by inviting the Fours in for a Pesach sing-a-thon and ended it with a rendition of HAPPY BIRTHDAY, YOM HULEDET SAMEACH, and a cake.  We believe we truly surprised her.

We continued the party outside. Running up and down the hill and around the play area along with climbing and sliding down the slide was a great way to work off the cake they just enjoyed.

Have a Shabbat Shalom.

Morah Pam, Morah Aimee, and Morah Debra

By |March 29, 2019|

It’s Center Time!!!! for the sunflowers

The Sunflowers enjoyed taking turns at all the different learning centers.  It has been wonderful to observe how their coordination has improved from the beginning of the year until now as they rotate between the tables and floor showing off their fine and gross motor skills.  Using the sensory box to feel the sand and corn while finding all the different objects that were hidden was incredible.  None of the children wanted to go to another center since they were having so much fun.  But they enjoyed playing their favorite bingo game, alphabet game or even having a dance party.  The children were truly mesmerized when listening to the Passover story.  Watching how the story encoded into their minds was evident as we watched the way they built with the blocks.  Using the cork pyramid made it appear as if we (the Jewish people) were SLAVES in Egypt.

Spending time with the loose parts is always a wonderful experience. Watching their creativity come out as they design on their mirror boards is great to watch.  They are always so proud of themselves.

The children are looking forward to the upcoming holiday of Passover (Pesach).  Singing Passover songs is beginning to become the norm in our classroom.  The children love singing the order of the seder; KADESH OORCHATZ KARPAS YACHATZ…. feel free to ask them to sing it for you.   Talking about the foods we can and can not eat on Pesach is interesting.  One of the foods we eat on Pesach is MATZAH.  Though not edible, we enjoyed making matzah in our classroom.  Using a lego board the […]

By |March 28, 2019|

NOSH NOSH A HAMANTASH…. with the Sunflowers

Eggs, flour, sugar, baking powder, vanilla, and more are the ingredients the Sunflowers mixed together to make delicious hamantashen.  Taking turns adding and mixing the ingredients together as the children counted to ten in either Hebrew or English, the boys remembered that they needed to count in the ZACHAR (masculine) and the girls remembered that they needed to count in the NEKAYVA (feminine).  It was a proud moment as their counting was done with such zest.

After the dough was rolled out the children enjoyed choosing the flavor for their hamantaschen before folding the circle into a triangle.  Morah Jill taught the children a song about the shapes a hamantaschen start out as and then become.

HAMANTASHEN (to the tune of Clementine)


Speaking of Morah Jill, the children were so excited to see her.  It always feels like a long time since the Sunflowers are able to spend time and sing with her.  Being able to sing all our Purim songs and learn even more was so much fun.  Morah Jill brought in some of her favorite graggers. It was a great experience for everyone.  Hearing all the different sounds, seeing how graggers can come in many shapes and sizes was, as one child said, was “cool.”  Ending our time with Morah Jill with the parachute was great.  We even shared this experience with the two’s.

The children put forth a lot of hard […]

By |March 21, 2019|

Thank You, Jagger, For Visiting the Sunflowers

Can you believe that Purim is less than a week away?  The preparations are ongoing in the Sunflowers classroom. Our graggers are coming along so nicely.  The children had a wonderful time filling them with beans and popcorn kernels.  The sound of the graggers was approved by the children when they tested them out with a few big shakes.  A few finishing touches and they will be perfect.  The children can not wait to use them.  They know to say BOO and shake their gragger when they hear Haman’s name.

The children can not get enough of the Purim story. Acting out the story with the help of masks has been a favorite thing to do. Everyone took turns being the different characters. We love hearing the children recite the story when acting it out.

The sunflowers had a special guest. Morah Debra’s son Jagger came to visit.  The children sat quietly while Jagger read them a book.  They also enjoyed when he played with them on the carpet.  Everyone had blast with Jagger and can not wait for the next time he can come for a visit.

The children have been enjoying our new reading nook.  They have enjoyed having a quiet welcoming place to go to read a book.  The two small carpets add a homey comfort to the room.

You can hear the children’s voices throughout the halls of IBECC. Hearing all the Purim songs is a wonderful noise to hear.  The children are gearing up for next Friday at 10:15-10:45am when they will  be inviting their families for a Purim carnival and sing-a-long. […]

By |March 15, 2019|

CAN YOU BELIEVE IT!?! in the Sunflowers

All the teachers had a wonderful and inspiring experience during our in-service this past Thursday.  Visiting the classrooms at Agudath Israel in Caldwell was remarkable.  It was interesting to see another school which follows the Reggio Emilio philosophy like we do.   Based on their example we reorganized the classroom and put out a lot more toys for the children.  The children were very happy with the changes and liked having choices to explore their interests.  They didn’t know what to play with first.  The children are aware of how to respect our space and each other and understand how to put things back before taking a new toy.

We are up to the letter F in our alphabet unit. The children are loving  the songs and projects.



Can you believe the Sunflowers were able to go outside and play?  Although we are not able to run around on the playground yet,  it was great  just to be outside.  Using chalk to draw on the pavement was so much fun.  The children all said that they could see their shadows and that’s what they decided to draw.   The children also enjoyed tossing a ball around and just getting outside to run.   We are looking forward to warmer weather so that going outside will be a regular thing again.

The week is off to a great start.

Morah Pam, Morah Aimee, and Morah Debra

By |March 13, 2019|

“I’M A MORAH/MOREH NOW!” in the Sunflowers

It is a wonderful feeling when we see the Sunflowers pretending to be the MORAH/MOREH.  As the children play with their friends we hear the songs that we have taught them coming out of their mouths and they are usually in small groups recreating circle time.  We decided to actually let each child have a turn “BEING THE MORAH/MOREH.”  Everyone had a chance to sit in the MORAH CHAIR  and pick their favorite part of circle time and lead the class.  The children were so excited and couldn’t wait for their turn.  The Morot couldn’t wait to see what they were going to pick.  A lot of the children picked counting to 10 in Hebrew.  Both masculine and feminine.

Purim is in the air. With only 12 days until Purim the children have been very busy learning the story of Purim and its songs.  To help enforce the encoding of the Purim story and songs, Morah Aimee put on a school wide puppet show.  Everyone enjoyed hearing the story and watching as Morah Aimee used the puppets and the special felt board to sing some of the songs and tell the story.


The children enjoyed making their graggers.  Each child was able to pick what color paint they wanted and then it was poured into their bottle.  Next, it was shake shake shake until the entire inside of the bottle was coated with paint.  Everyone showed off their muscles as to how fast and quick they could shake their bottle watching the paint cover the inside so fast.  Even the children were surprised.

Continuing our Purim preparation, the children couldn’t wait to choose the color of foam to make their special mask.  Watching the children decorate their […]

By |March 6, 2019|

“Oh, What a Seussabration!” in the Sunflowers

What a wonderful day the Sunflowers had in celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday.  The day started with the children coming to school wearing a CRAZY HAT.   The thought and creativity that went into making these hats was unbelievable. We had a crab, a squid, a giraffe, a Hershey’s kiss, a wrapped gift, a construction worker and two Jamaican men.

The children enjoyed making special birthday cards for Dr. Seuss. Everyone took their time coloring their special picture.

The children then switched hats to their CAT AND THE HAT hats.  They enjoyed listening to the book and then making their hat.  All the children took such care in laying the stripes so straight.  They did an incredible job.  The children couldn’t get enough of Dr. Seuss.  All they wanted was to hear more and more stories by Dr. Seuss.  Hopefully, at home, you will continue to read them.

The children were very excited to hold up their special letter which they painted with Morah Debra.  Morah Debra taped their first initial onto a canvas and had the children paint over it. When the paint was dried the tape was peeled off so you could see the letter.  The children loved listening to Dr. Seuss’ ABC book.  Doing this project helped to reinforce the children’s letter recognition, just like we do in our circle time as the children sit on a laminated card with their first initial.  This is also showing the children other letters in the alphabet which they are starting to recognize.

The best part of celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday was the party, especially getting to eat the cake.  The children enjoyed making, decorating and of course eating the CAT AND THE HAT hat […]

By |March 6, 2019|