October 19, 2011
21 Tishrei 5772
Dear Nevonim Parents.
Another short week, but another fabulous week of Sukkot and Simchat
Torah. We started the week by learning about the symbols of Sukkot,
the four species. We talked about which plant has smell and which has
taste, and how people can be different from each other as well. We
smelled the etrogim that Naomi's family brought in from their tree We
took turns saying the blessing and shaking the lulav. We learned
that one of the reasons we shake it is to make the sound of rain,
because we want the rains to come to help with crops. . One day we
ate snack in the sukkah and the next day we ate lunch in it,
overlapping with our Nachshonim friends. On Tuesday, we sang with Melita
and then went for a nice long "Sukkot Stroll" to Nevo's house.
We sat in his sukkah and took turns shaking his family's lulav and
etrog and admired all their lovely decorations. On his short street
(literally Short Street) we were lucky enough to visit three sukkot!
We played eye spy in one of them and compared what was the same and
what was different about each one. We had shade, could have seen the
stars if there were any, and noticed that the walls are temporary. It
was a great field trip - thanks to Elana and Adam and their neighbors
for their hospitality! We saw pictures in our kitah of a squirrel
eating the pumpkin that we put into our play yard sukkah - so now we
know who really enjoys fruits and vegetables as sukkah decorations!
In keeping with building our sukkah, we have been practicing with our
pretend tools, building lots of things including machines. After the
holidays, we will expand into the interests of our children by
starting to use real tools! Today, we used our lulav shaking skills
to expand to shaking cream to make butter! - it was a huge and tasty
success. We also looked at our collection of miniature Torahs at
circle - every child got a chance to hold a Torah and say the Shema.
We also unrolled a miniature Torah to see how incredibly long the
Torah is. We sang "Torah Torah" and anticipated dancing with the
Torah for the upcoming chag. We also took short trips into the
social hall to see the adults who were enthusiastically praying in the
sukkah and dancing with the lulavs for Hoshana Rabbah Services and the
mystical beating of willows! We really packed a lot in!
The Nevonim Teachers
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirley