Parparim 1 4/27/15 – 5/1/15

Our classroom had a visitor for two days. Her name is Izzy the Iguana. She is a stuffed animal who  has been traveling around different Jewish preschools since 2012. Wow! Izzy has raked up quite the frequent flyer miles. She has been to New Jersey, Connecticut, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York and Florida. Our class enjoyed showing Izzy our class room and playground. Izzy really enjoyed our garden where she tasted some of our delicious fennel. We decided to make Izzy a new kipa so she would have a souvenir from Florida. Thanks to Ms. Janet and her sewing machine, Izzy looks beautiful sporting her new colorful kipa.

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In our clothing unit we talked about the labels on our clothes. Ms. Janet discussed how a label shows the size of the clothes and what it is made out of. The majority of class wears clothes made out of cotton. The class learned that labels also tell you how to wash your clothes, cold water only, and we used a globe to see where certain clothes are made. The class could not believe that some of their clothes traveled all the way from Bangladesh, in Asia, to the United States.

In Jewish Studies we are talking about the importance of family members. The children took turns on leading the Adon Olam prayer in front of the class. They all have such beautiful voices.

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We have fennel, tomatoes and parsley sprouting in our garden. Everyday our class runs over to see what vegetables and spices they can name. They are getting to be great gardeners!

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Question of the week: ” What does Izzy the Iguana eat? ”

Simon – Grass.

Madison – Salad.

Mayer – Leaves.

Joseph – Oatmeal.

Aaron – Grass.

Andi – Blueberry waffles and peanut butter.

Zachai – Bunny food.

Leah – Doggy food.

Emma – Apples and cheese.

Noam – Books.

Lela – Apple juice.

We were little artist when we made spin art using paper and paint. Emma said the  pictures look like swirly rainbows.

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In Discovery Studios we made a food web using string and learning how the sun, plants and animals are all connected. Lela said the food web looked like a spider web when the class was finished seeing how plants need the sun to live and how some animals need plants to live. It was a great hands on way to learn about the food chain.

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Our young buckaroos had the best time on our class field trip to Diamond D Ranch. They had the biggest smiles when they boarded the big yellow school bus. They pointed to boats and big trucks on our bus ride to the ranch. Once we arrived at the ranch our class went on a nature hike where we learned about different trees and poison ivy. Yikes! Our class then had the opportunity to feed giant catfish in the lake. After our nature walk we went on a hay ride out into the pasture where our brave little cowboys and cowgirls had the opportunity to feed cows. The cows had huge tongues with lots of slobber on them. The children laughed and backed away when the hungry tongues came their way. This was one time I was happy to be the photographer and come away with clean, dry hands.  We then went to feed the goats who were so cute trying to stick their little noses between the fence. After our hay ride the class went on pony rides. I was so happy to see that everyone tried riding a pony even when the pony was taller than me. After everyone hopped off the saddles, we went jumping in a bounce house and took a spin in the barrel ride. We then enjoyed a delicious picnic lunch under the covered pavilion. I cannot express in words how much fun our class had at the ranch. Ms. Janet and I would like to thank all of our chaperones. We enjoyed spending the day with you and appreciated all of your help. I hope the 102 pictures I took can help capture the magic of our fun and tiring day.

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Our class would like to send out a big welcome to Owyn who started with us on Friday. She is a great addition to our class.

A big thank you to Leah’s grandmother, aunt and cousin Tyler who were our mystery readers on Friday. The class really enjoyed the book about babysitting grandpa.

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Upcoming events:

May 7th – Water play day. Please dress your child in a bathing suit and sunscreen when you send them into school. Remember to send in your sunscreen permission slip.

May 8th – Shabbat out in the garden followed by our mother’s day tea. The festivities start at 10:30 a.m.

*** Please make sure you have a change of clothing for your child either in their backpack or cubbie. Especially underwear. Thank you!

We enjoyed potatoes that our class made on Friday. It was so much fun using forks to mash the potatoes up. It was even more fun mixing in the butter and a dash of salt. Yummy!

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Leah and Simon did a fantastic job as our Ema and Abba this week. Next week our Ema is Noam and our Abba is Joseph.