February 3, 2012
Shvat 10, 5772
Dear Nevonim Parents,
We started the week with the excitement of meeting our two new kitah
pets - Shira and Rina. Over the course of the week we learned alot
about taking care of them. We took turns feeding them bell pepper and
petting them. We are researching what their different sounds mean and
we are trying to keep our voices low around them because they have
very sensitive hearing. We also learned the Hebrew word for guinea pig
is Chazir-Yam (literally ocean pig!). One day Shira (the more
outgoing of the pair) climbed into Caitlin's sleeve - this was so
funny that some of the children have been writing and illustrating a
book about this adventure.
We also continued some other themes - Ruth brought back snow (which
became more like ice) from Tahoe and we had fun breaking it apart,
dying it, watching it melt and also using it on "boo boos" as an ice
pack. We cut open Lauren's giant lemon after many fun guesses about
what might be inside - we found many seeds which we plan to plant for
Tu bShvat. Also for Tu bShvat we recycled our fall mural and made
leaves for a tree we have "growing" on the wall. We spelled out the
word for tree in Hebrew using Aleph Bet Yoga. Both the ayin and the
tzadik sofit required great balance which led us right into the tree
We watched our "water dog" became a mosquito which then died. We went
to Strawberry Creek Park and said goodbye to the giant slide (assuming
it does get taken down) and we learned about a diesel spill that
happened in the creek.
We also make a "potion from the ocean" over several days with paint,
water, soap and other materials. We are still waiting to see what
this will grow into!
On Tuesday, we sang with Melita. On Wedneday we learned a a tree song
called "Etzei Zeytim Omdim" (the olive trees are standing) with Rabbi
Shalom. We look forward to his Tu Bshvat seder next Wednesday. This
Wednesday we also made Thai food for snack - banana and coconut soup
and brown rice since we have been loving hearing Caitlin's stories
from her Thailand trip. On Thursday we celebrated Liam's 5th birthday
with strawberries and challah.
Today Shabbatasaurus went home with Judah and Wild Thing with Isaac.
Next week with Liam and Ido.
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirley
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Friday, February 3, 2012
HaShavuah - Nevnim