All Set for Yom Kippur in Gan Tziporim

In order to understand the meaning behind the holiday of Yom Kippur, we read the book Sammy Spider’s First Yom Kippur by Sylvia A. Rouss.
The book present the concept of teshuvah, including saying and meaning the words I am sorry. It is presented in an accessible format, with common, easily relatable mistakes that children make such as not listening when mommy or daddy ask to clean up, or playing ball in the house, or accidentally breaking something. The discussion really resonated with the children as you could hear in their play throughout the day.

The children really enjoy giving to each other and especially as we sing our tzedakah song each morning. Through our discussions about kindness towards others, they like to imagine how people would use the tzedakah money. Your children created these lovely Tzedakah Bears to keep at home to collect their own Tzedakah. Kindly help them learn the mitzvah of giving. When our school tzedakah box is full, we will use the money to purchase things people need and give it to them. We are sure your children will enjoy doing this at home with their special Tzedakah Bear. They are so excited to watch it fill up!!

We look forward to our Sukkot preparations!! We will see you all on Thursday!! Gmar Chatima Tova. May we have an easy and meaningful fast.


Morah Yafit and Morah Fran


By |September 17, 2018|

Discovering Rosh Hashanah Rituals in Gan Tziporim

The week started out learning some new routines and getting to know Morah Fran.  Our class name is Gan Tziporim.  When the children enter our room in the morning they go to a big nest and find the bird with their name on it.  The children are delighted with their name birds and enjoy taking them out of the nest and then putting them into the tree.  This is a quick way for them, and their teachers, to notice who is in class and who is absent. They also have additional name recognition through the birds and their names on their cubbies.  Next, they sit on the rug and Morah Yafit leads them in tefilla.  They have started learning and singing “Adon Olam”.

The children have been happily exploring their new room.  They have given their attention mainly to the kitchen/housekeeping/dramatic play area and the dollhouse.  They love opening the various cupboards and oven and refrigerator doors and interacting with the contents.  They are busy cooking and serving food using real or realistic bowls, cutlery and pots, and pans.  They particularly enjoy using a picnic basket set, laying out the checkered cloth and napkins and china tea service.  A group of them were pretending they lived in a “house-tent” and set up a whole household with kitchen and living and sleeping areas! Some put chairs together and said they were beds.  They get so involved! We love observing them as they get more creative each day, building on what they thought of the day before.

Another group (our three boys) played with the dollhouse, setting up all the rooms with lots of furniture – figuring out what was needed in a particular […]

By |September 7, 2018|