Dear Nevonim Parents,
We had a great field trip yesterday! Thank you to all the drivers. When we got to the farm we met our tour guides Casey, Yotam and Lizzie. We sang a few songs, warmed up our bodies and learned the word for earth (adamah) as well as a few other words in Hebrew and English (all of which our children knew already!) One guide came and whispered a farm animal name into each child's ear to indicate which group - ceves, (sheep), tarnagolet (chicken) and barvaz (duck) we were in. Each group went on a mini scavenger hunt to do and find items on the farm - we were rewarded with smiley face tickets since, as we learned, every smile brings as much satisfaction as 10,000 pieces of chocolate. We learned how Urban Adamah raises eggs and fruits and vegetables that they give away to people in the neighborhood who need them as an act of tzedakah.
After a delicious snack (not yet grown on the farm), we divided into two groups - one that went to collect eggs from the very well fed chickens in the chicken coops and the other that went to plant sunflower seeds in the greenhouse. Then we switched. We learned lots of interesting facts such as chickens like a private place to lay eggs and the color of the eggshell can be determined by looking at the color of the chicken's legs! We learned that seeds consist of several parts including an outer "jacket" to keep the seed warm. We plan to go back in May and see how our sunflower seeds have grown.
Even though it was cold, it was great to be outdoors and see such an inspiring farm, hear Hebrew being spoken and a shofar being blown as a sign for us to join together. Signs throughout the farm include ideas we talk about in class such as Bal Tashchit (not destroyng nature) and Saar Baal Chayim (taking care of living things). It was very timely to visit Urban Adamah as we finished talking about spring plants and animals. and as we are looking at life in Israel and reading books about Israel and kibbutzim in order to celebrate Israel Independence Day on Thursday.
Speaking of which, we want to remind you to bring in any pictures or souvenirs from family trips to Israel which we will look at Wednesday and Thursday. Thursday we will have the treat again of having a Skype video conversation with Adiel's abba Yehudah who is in Israel with his 8th grade class. Last year we also talked to him in Israel on Yom Ha'Atzmaut.
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirlee