June 1, 2012
11 Sivan 5772
Dear Nevonim Parents,
We had a lovely warm week. We started our week by sorting and counting the tzedakah money we have collected so far this year. We divided the coins by color and size and then counted them. The grand total (give or take a few) was $50. We are discussing lots of meaningful ideas of where to contribute the money - which has allowed us to think back over the tzedakah projects we have been doing all year such as making bags for Jewish Children's and Family Service food delivery service for the elderly as well as our own baking and delivery to Helios Corner - also to help the elderly. We are figuring how to donate our funds and our time over the next week.
Tuesday we sang with Melita and went to the park with Nachshonim. We have been reading a few new PJ Library books this week, as they are always the most popular books we read. A new favorite is the Shabbat Puppy which is a heartwarming story about how to find Shabbat Shalom and celebrates the relationship betweem a saba and his grandson who have a tradition of taking a Sabbath walk (with and without an unruly puppy). We also read 5 Little Gefiltes which has a similar theme of a mother gefilte fish being reunited with her children who have wandered off - respect for the elderly hadarta p'nei zaken is a Jewish value we have been emphasizing.
We have been having a round of Hebrew games at lunch, circle and outside time. One game we play is "Magic" which teaches counting and Hebrew as we take away objects (identified in Hebrew) which the children have to guess and identify what is missing. We have also been playing "gogoim" which is an Israeli game that uses pits from mishmishim (apricots) . Today, since there was no challah dough we were able to make a sweet Shabbat treat of "mishmish" muffins to bring home.
One day we picked lots of our garden herbs and chopped them and made "Green Eggs" which were a big success (no ham of course!)We had fun observing the replanting of our etz rimon (pomegranate tree). We spent hours in the warm sun washing our new building tubes which we can use to build structures. We also worked with clay outside and made watercolor paints by recycling old markers.
At circle we heard several stories including the midrash of King Shlomo and the devorah (bee). We also talked about tsar baalei chayim (taking care of all life forms) as Ruth told the true story of a wounded crow which she and her family brought to Lindsay Wildlife Museum to heal. We are following the crow's progress.
As always, letters, words and numbers, both in English and Hebrew are integrated into all our learning, as our daily tefillot which are now led by the children themselves!
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirlee