April 20, 2012
28 Nissan 5772
Dear Nevonim Parents,
We had a great week of reconnecting with each other after the Pesah break. On Monday, we had the fun and delicious treat of making chocolate pasta with Nava's abba Arnon who is a professional chef. This was a big hit and a good way of celebrating Nava's birthday. We also have started counting the Omer (the 49 days between Pesah and Shavuot) each day at circle.
The weather has been so lovely that we had a picnic lunch outside one day, and several circles outside. We have also had a lot of waterplay (remember to send in spare clothing for those wet, hot days). We have been reading books by Mo Willems and Keiko Kasza - if you have any books by these two very funny authors, we would love it if you could share them with us.
We learned a new song about Miri and what she is wearing. We put on several emergent Pirate plays. We had the excitement of recording our voices singing with Rabbi Menachem the beautiful Modeh Ani that he wrote.
We tried some new art media - graph paper, paperclip chains, molds for playdough boxes and paper weaving - it is exciting to see ho many children have really improved their small motor skills. We added a new prayer to our morning circle t'fillah - "Mah Tovu" and when we get to the line "mishkanot'eycha", we all point to our mishkan! Some of us played an elaborate rowboat adventure game, narrated by Adiel. We were very excited to find caterpillars on our pea plants and a nest of baby spiders under our play structure.
Next week is Yom Ha'Atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) and we encourage you all to send your children to school with photos or momentos from any family trips to Israel. Also, a reminder that Monday is our first of two field trips to Urban Adamah!
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirlee