January 27, 2012
3 Shvat, 5772
Dear Nevonim Parents,
As the rainy day began our week, we continued talking about winter
subjects - we read lots of books about bears and hibernation including
the Very Cranky Bear, Big Bear and Little Bear and Polar Nights. We have
had a lot of fun acting out the Very Cranky Bear with lots of
performances featuring many children. On Monday we had rainy day fun in
the social hall and in our kitah. We used chalk both outside in the
rain and on our winter mural. We also explored using a lot of glitter
this week for our winter wonderland (as your children's clothing
probably showed you!) We have had wintery snacks also, oatmeal one
day, baked potatoes for another and then we "smashed" our potatoes today.
The children discovered a water creature whose identity has been a great
scientific exploration all week. We did research on the computer and in
books to try to determine what kind of animal it is - the children
guessed "water dog" as it has a tail and whiskers, but it has now shed
its skin and so we are exploring further. This led to a discussion of
tadpoles and amphibians (one of the guesses as to what it was) - so now
we have been talking about these as well. We were very surprised to
learn that while polar bears do not actually hibernate - (except for
pregnant moms) - frogs actually do hibernate!
We also continued our drama theme by acting out many books including the
very popular and interesting Estie the Mensch which led us to talk about
what it means to be a mensch at home and at school. At circle today, we
made a spiderweb out of yarn which was based on each child talking about
what made him/her a mensch (a good person). On Tuesday we went to the
library and as always enjoyed hearing Nora the librarian read us new books.
We began talking about Tu Bshvat which is a week from Wednesday. We
made many different kinds of found object trees including one out of
recycled tin cans that also served as our Shabbat vase! The trees from
torn paper decorate our classroom as does a huge amount of new art that
we are very proud of.
Over the next week we will have two very special family Tu Bshvat events
that you are all invited to. The first, led by Naomi's Savta Irene will
be on Sunday, February 5, 2012
2-3 or 3:30 at the Botanic Garden in Tilden Regional Park. The other
will take place on the actual day of Tu Bshvat, Wednesday February 8th
at 10:00 in the upstairs art room and will be a Tu BShvat Seder led by
Rabbi Bochner - as this has limited space, we ask that if you plan to
attend you RSVP on the signup sheet which will be on the door of the
kitah. This is also not an event that we recommend for toddlers.
This week Shabbatasaurus went home with Isaac and Wild Thing with Liam.
Next Friday Wild Thing will go home with Isaac and Shabbatasaurus with
Clara! Keep your eyes open for these visitors from our kitah.
Have a great weekend,
Caitlin, Ruth and ShirleyHa