January 6, 2012
11 Tevet 5772
Dear Nevonim Parents,
We had a great first week back. We read Abiyoyo many times. We heard lots of Caitlin's animal stories from her travel. We continued our weaving projects and expanded them to weaving on a giant twisted fig branch. That fig branch (originally from Ruth's tree) is now a fabulous flag pole with an American flag on one side and an Israeli flag on the other. It is great to see what emerges from all of us together. In keeping with that idea, we have changed our morning circle a little this week - in addition to prayers and singing, we are now hearing what children enjoyed doing or playing that morning before circle - it has been a great way to share all the exciting projects that happen throughout the room that not everyone gets to see - flags, sorting, making traps and making horizontal and vertical lines are all ideas that were shared. The sorting was an ongoing activity this week with lots of mini fruits being classified and counted in many ways. The trap making (some of it to trap mice and give them medicine) also continued after we talked about it at circle.
On Monday, we also shared what we did on our vacations. We read a favorite book called "In the Doghouse" which is very humorous. We also did Havdallah with our Nachshonim friends. On Tuesday we sang with Melita. On Wednesday, Rabbi Shalom came to share a song and a story with us - the story was the one about the whole Torah being told while balancing on one leg - the important idea being Treat others how you want to be treated. We celebrated two birthdays this week, Naia on Monday (age 4) and Judah on Wednesday (age 5). And of course today we made challot, bags and celebrated at Pretend Shabbat.
We played matching board games and bingo all week, reinforcing great math skills. We had lots of fun outside using spraybottles to make paint art. Inside we used eyedroppers and yarn to decorate the last of our tzedakah bags. We also used a tunnel and stepping stones for many different purposes - obstacle courses, circus fun and magic tricks. One of the most memorable uses was filling the stepping stones turned upside down with water and making "animal baths."
The year is just beginning!
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirley