Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday with their family and friends. Ms. Janet and I were so happy to see the children. They came back eager to learn and full of questions of what we did over the winter break. We decided to go over the letter “M” again this week since there are so many activities and learning opportunities that can be done with this letter. The children came up with different words for the letter “m” such as; milk, meet, mat, Moses monkey, moon and me.
In Jewish Studies we are talked and sang about David And Goliath. The children made puppets out of paper and popsicle sticks and then came back to our room to perform a puppet show. They really liked how David defeated Goliath.
We read a book about Moses and the Ten Commandments and then talked talked the Burning Bush. Our class worked together making a replica of the Ten Commandments and the Burning Bush, which is displayed on the pedestals by the front office. The class loved gluing and then playing with the stuffing we used for the Ten Commandments.
Our little artists learned all about Claude Monet who loved to paint pictures of water and flowers. They loved The Water Lily Pond painting. We then put out a huge piece of yellow paper and let the class make flowers out of sponge rollers and brushes. The class titled their painting River Flowers. You can check out this magnificent masterpiece outside on our classroom bulletin board.
For science this week we did an experiment outside with Ms. Maria’s Parparim class. We used a bottle of Pepsi and a package of Mentos to make a geyser. The children were amazed when the Pepsi erupted out of the bottle. It happened so fast I didn’t get to snap a picture of it. We promised to do the experiment another time since everybody loved it.
In Discovery Studies with Ms. Amanda we made Gak. The children mixed water, glue, borax and paint in a bowl. They could not believe their eyes when the liquid Gak turned into a solid. Everyone was giggling when they took it out of their bowl to play with it. Hopefully you had a chance to play with it when your child brought it home with them.
In art we made magic hats out of paper and crayons and made Mezuzahs to put in our cars to keep out travels safe.
Ms. Ilene came into our room to read a story. She passed out packets of seeds in honor of Tikkun Olam.
“We had a delightful time in music with Ms. Zina. The children clapped their hands to” If your happy and you know it” and danced around to the Hokey Pokey. They learned about Tchaikovsky and his three ballets; Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker.
Ms. Janet showed how a compass works and then made one with the class using a cork, needle and a bowl of water. She let the children take turns to see how the needle always point north. The children couldn’t believe how the needle always turned north. She explained that a compass is used to find where you are going and how hikers and explorers depend on them to help them get back home.
Thank you to Zach’s mom for being our mystery reader. Our Ema Leah and our Abba Zach did a wonderful job this week at Shabbat. Next week our Ema is Madison and our Abba is Simon.
As you can see our New Year has started off with a bang. Paperwork was sent home for enrolling your child in the upcoming school year. The first deadline in January 30th. School t-shirts are still available in the front office. They are $10.00 for one shirt or $15.00 for two. Show your school spirit by buying a shirt.