January 13, 2012
18 Tevet 5772
Dear Nevonim Families,
This week we really got to know our substitute teacher Colin well
because Caitlin was out much of the week. We heard Coln's guitar one
day and his mandolin was a big hit for several days. We heard and sang
Wheels on the Bus, Twinkle, Twinkle LIttle Star and many other tunes.
Many children were very enthusiastic restaranteurs - we had menus, order
forms, food and tables set the whole week - we learned the Hebrew words
for restaurant (misada) and waiter (meltzar) as well as many food names.
We saw an outpouring of creativity in the art department - bracelets,
spiderwebs, traps as well as "ish" drawings. (a picture that looks sort
of like something - like flower-ish). On our walls we have some great
mishpachah (family) portraits which is an ongoing project.
Over several days we explored different versions of the Three Bears
story including Jan Brett's Snow Bear version and a super modern one
where the bears eat chili instead of porridge! We measured and cooked
our own gluten free porridge using oats, water, dried cranberries,
sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. We cooked in the classroom and had
lots of fun acting the story out - first with teachers and then children.
On Tuesday we sang and danced with Melita and we went to the Berkeley
Way Mini Park - on the alphabet train. We have been using children's
names as a vehicle for playing with letters, resulting in a huge
outpouring of "writing". We have been using math to play board games
and measure project. We are very excited with a new Ms. Frizzle science
experiment book that we will start using next week. We have been
continuing with our Torah stories.
On Wednesday, Rabbi Shalom came and told us a midrash based on this
week's Torah portion, the first chapter of Shemot (Exodus). It was a
story to explain why Moshe had a speech impairment. To paraphrase: The
story goes that in order to test his desires when he was a baby, Moshe
had to choose between a bowl of gems and one of hot coals. The angel
Gabriel interceded so the young Moshe chose the coals and in so doing he
burnt his mouth. Even with this damage, he still rose to become a great
leader. This teaches us all that our strengths and weaknesses add to
We hope you all enjoy your long weekend celebrating another powerful
leader and we will see you all on Tuesday, hopefully with Caitlin back
Caitlin, Ruth, Shirley