Parparim 1 4/13/15 – 4/17/15

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a wonderful Passover. I couldn’t believe how big our class got over the break. It makes me realize that our little butterflies will soon be flying off to v.p.k. The end of the year is coming too quickly.

This week we have started our new unit on clothes. We asked the children what they knew about clothes and here is what they said; you can sew them, fold them, they have stripes, they come in different colors and you can wash them. We then looked at images of clothes that people wear in other countries. The children really enjoyed the picture of the hats people wear in Thailand.

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In  Jewish Studies we read a book about kosher food and talked about how all vegetables and fruits are kosher and that fish that have scales and fins are also kosher. We are getting ready for Yom Ha’atzmaut – Israel’s birthday! We will be doing a school wide celebration next Thursday 4/23/15 and plan on having everyone wear blue and white in honor of Israel’s flag.

I asked the children what they did over the Passover break and this is what they said:

Simon – I played toys with Eli. It was fun.

Madison – I went to Disney on Ice.

Mayer – I did nothing.

Joseph – I went to One Spark and saw food trucks.

Andi – I went to New York and stayed in a hotel with an oval tub.

Zachai – I went to Disney and skated with all of the characters.

Emma – I went to Legoland and rode the Cheema and got soaking wet.

Aaron – I did nothing.

Noam – I played with two friends.

Leah – I went to Orlando and visited my old friends.

Lela – I went outside and saw nice animals.

In Discovery Studios we talked about butterflies and their different stages. Ms. Amanda wrapped up the class in toilet paper like they were in a cocoon and then they had to break free. The children then had to put their hands behind their backs and drink out of a straw , which is similar to the long tongue of a butterfly. Our class were pros at drinking like butterflies. We then went into the butterfly tent and saw butterflies and chrysalis. The best part was when we released a butterfly into our our garden. The children and I had a good laugh when the butterfly decided to land on my nose.

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We read the book Caps for Sale by Esphyt Slobodkina and loved the part when the monkeys stole the peddlers caps.

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We had a great time being junior chefs when we made matzo ball soup. We added eggs, oil, and water to matzo meal. We then rolled our mixture into matzo balls. We added the matzo balls to vegetable broth.  It was so yummy!

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Our garden is flourishing. We have strawberries that will be ready to pick soon, carrots, peas and corn. Soon we will have enough for a feast.

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We had a great time dancing with our colorful class room scarves. The children loved throwing the scarves up in the air and then catching them. They used the scarves as hats and bracelets. It was a great time by all.

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Thanks to Simon’s mom for making our class Oobleck to play with. If you have never seeen Oobleck, it is firm one moment and gooey the next. It is so cool according to Madison. Simon’s mom concocted the pink goo out of applesauce and corn starch. Leah said it smelled like apple pie. It was a blast!

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Show- N-Tell was a lot of fun today full of flying cats, robots,purple mermaid hair, a flashlight ring,headbands, a ninja turtle car, airplanes and leap frog books. The children are so good about getting up in front of the class and talking about what they bought in to share. They have become great speakers.

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Andi did a fantastic job as our Ema and Zachai was a great Abba. Next week our Ema is Emma and our Abba will be Mayer.IMG_6731 IMG_6730

A big thanks to Simon’s mom for being our mystery reader this week. The class enjoyed the Curious George book and the book about dinosaurs.

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Class reminders:

4/20/15 – No school. Teacher planning day.

4/23/15 – Wear blue and white to celebrate Israel’s birthday.

4/26/15 – Community University at the Jacksonville Jewish Center

4/30/15 – Diamond “D” field trip