the sunflowers

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|

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAISY in the Sunflowers

Last week after our discussion about Groundhog Day, the children all took a vote whether or not they wanted the groundhog to see his shadow, meaning we would have six more weeks of winter, or if they wanted the groundhog to NOT see his shadow, meaning spring is near.  The vote was unanimous.  No one in the Sunflowers wanted the groundhog to see his shadow.  The children were very happy to come back to school to find out that last Shabbat Punxsutawney Phil did NOT see his shadow.  So far his prediction has been true and the children have enjoyed being able to play outside.

Last week Morah Debra told the children that this Tuesday will be her dog, Daisy’s birthday.  The children decided that Daisy needed to have a birthday party.  On Monday the children baked a very special cake for her. Each child took turns adding and mixing all the ingredients before it was placed into the pan and put into the oven to bake.  The children were so excited Tuesday morning to be greeted by Daisy.  Daisy spent the entire day with the children. Daisy visited every classroom and the shul office.  Everyone had a fantastic time playing with Daisy.  Daisy in turn had a fantastic time.  She joined in for circle time, storytime, playtime, and our outside time.  Daisy loved her party.  We sang “Happy Birthday” to her and “how old are you now”.  Daisy is five years old.  The children and of course Daisy enjoyed the cake and fruit which Morah Debra brought in.   The children took another vote which again was unanimous. Daisy can come and be in our class anytime.

The children have been busy strengthening both their gross […]

By |February 6, 2019|

We’ve got rhythm…We’ve got music… Who could ask for anything more! in the Sunflowers

The Sunflowers love for music is marvelous.  The children just can’t get enough of it.   The class was fortunate to have Zachary’s mom come play her guitar for us.  The children gladly sang along and followed the hand motions to some of their favorites.  IF YOU’RE HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT, OLD MACDONALD HAD A FARM, SHAKE OUR SILLIES OUT  to name a few.  After singing our favorites, the children then learned a new song. It’s called MAN GAVE NAMES TO ALL THE ANIMALS  by Bob Dylan.  Morah Debra held the book up and turned the pages showing off the beautiful illustrations as Zachary’s mom sang the song.  It was an amazing experience watching the class sit with bated breath for what the next animal to get a name would be.


Morah Jill came to play with the Sunflowers this week.  Everyone enjoyed being able to use scarves and shakers as part of their music experience. Utilizing the entire space in the exploration room is always a blast whether we’re marching, following the leader, or this week being bunnies and having Morah jill catch us and give the children a “carrot”.  Each music class starts with the HELLO SONG followed by all the fun exciting songs Morah Jill brings with her.  This week’s songs were:






The beat goes on and on as the children were able to experience playing a […]

By |January 13, 2019|

The Sunflowers Want to Know, Shall We Hibernate?

The Sunflowers have been having a wonderful time hearing all the different ways that animals hibernate through the different poems and songs that the Morot have shared with the class. Watching the excitement and enthusiasm on the children’s faces as they act them out has been amazing.  The children couldn’t wait to hear the next lyric.

Please feel free to ask your child to act out and recite and sing for you.  They may need some help with the words.


The children continued to have fun with the hibernation theme by building their own cave and hibernating inside of it until it was time to wake up (springtime).  We took the chairs from around our tables and unfolded a tablecloth and laid it over the chairs.

Morah Aimee took some of the Sunflowers into the Toddler’s classroom to share some of our winter poems and songs with them. Hearing the story of “The Three Billy Goats Gruff”  for the first time was so much fun especially when the goats were able to trick the troll and crossover the bridge and eat the green grass.  The Toddlers truly enjoyed having Morah Aimee and the Sunflowers visit their classroom.  Of course, so did all of the Sunflowers.

The children continue to show off their dexterity by using their hands to string more buttons on the strings, picking up and sorting the pegs by color ( green, blue, red, and yellow) and then placing them in the corresponding color on the matching board, using their imagination to build cars, houses, a cave for the hibernating bears out of the design sticks, and had fun creating a city […]

By |January 4, 2019|

“Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” with the Sunflowers?

The talk of WINTER  is a constant in the Sunflower’s classroom.  The children know that there are four seasons. FALL,WINTER,SPRING, and SUMMER. All the children share with us how they love the winter season.  In our morning conversation, the children went around the circle and said what they liked best about winter.  Playing in the snow, making snow angels, sledding, and building a snowman were the top favorites.  We then made an invisible snowman in our circle describing what the eyes, nose, mouth, and arms were made out of, along with what color the snowman’s hat and scarf were. The children then started “gathering the snow” in their hands into a “snowball”  then “rolling the snowball until it was big enough to make each part of the snowman”, while the real snowman that we made dried in the Art Studio. To create each of the three tiers of the snowman the children used items with different textures.  After Zachary’s father came to read a book to the Sunflowers, he joined the class in watching  it snow in our classroom.  The children and Zachary’s father loved spreading the snow around on the” ground.”  The snow was made out of one of our favorite things, shaving cream.  The children like how the shaving cream feels; it is almost like snow, but not as cold. Making our “snowflakes” out of doilies and crinoline was another way the children enjoyed creating a wintery vision in our classroom.


We can not wait for more mom’s and dad’s to come and read and spend some time in our classroom.  Please contact the Morot via email to set up a time.

Morah Aimee taught the children some amazing poems about winter […]

By |December 27, 2018|

We went to the zoo zoo zoo. How about you you you? The Sunflowers

The Sunflowers started their week off with a trip to the zoo.  Morah Jill came with her caravan of animals.  There were lions, tigers, bears, giraffes, zebras and more. Every child was offered a different finger puppet and were encouraged to march around the room singing “WE’RE GOING TO THE ZOO ZOO ZOO HOW ABOUT YOU YOU YOU.” Morah Jill had different verses to the song where the children fed the animals, played with the animals ,and ended with putting the animals to sleep. In between each verse the children would sing “WE’RE GOING TO THE ZOO ZOO ZOO HOW ABOUT YOU YOU YOU”  while marching round the room. The children were mesmerized by the keyboard that Morah Jill brought in instead of her guitar. The keyboard was so big and had so many different buttons on it.  Morah  Jill explained that the buttons are called keys. There are black keys and white keys for which you can play different notes. The children were also able to take a turn beating on a small drum.  Music ended with the children getting to use a very special parachute.  Morah Jill helped the children raise and lower the parachute until finally a special surprised popped out of the hole in the middle of the parachute.          

As we continue our unit on winter which will officially begin on Friday, December 21, we thought we would invite the Toddlers into our classroom and bake snowball cookies together.  Everyone had a wonderful time mixing all the ingredients together to make the dough.  Rolling the dough between our fingers to form the cookies is always fun.  The children could not wait for the cookies to come out of the oven […]

By |December 20, 2018|

Let’s Make Olive Oil in the Sunflowers

Rabbi Rosenblum came to school this week to show us how to make olive oil that can be used to light our chanukiot.  First, the children, with the help of the morot, took the pits out of the olives.  It was not so easy to do.  Rabbi Rosenblum then asked for a lot of volunteers to help him. The children sat patiently to see when they would be called up to help. After taking the pits out we then put the olives into a big bucket called an olive press. Next, we turned a handle which pressed the juice out of the olives.  Singing Chanukah songs made to time go by while we waited for all the juice to be drawn out from the olives. Rabbi  Rosenblum then poured the juice into a test tube which he then placed into a scrambler.  It made a really loud noise.  When the timer went off, he took it out of the scrambler and we could see how the oil had separated from the juice.  Rabbi Rosenblum then placed the oil into the chanukiah.  Next, we had to make the wicks.  Rubbing a piece of cotton between our hands a certain way became magical because when finished a wick was made. Rabbi Rosenblum the lit the Chanukiah and the children helped him make the brachot.  Thank you to Rabbi Rosenblum for a fun and exciting experience.

Morah Jill came to sing with us this week.  With the help of a special Chanukah book, Morah Jill reviewed in song the story of Chanukah.  The children then acted it out pretending to be candles standing tall as the flame shining so bright. As the candles […]

By |December 7, 2018|