October 12, 2012
26 Tishrei 5773
Dear Nevonim Parents,
Now that the holidays are over and the Torah cycle has started anew, we focused a lot this week on the parashah of the week - Breysheet (Genesis) with the story of Creation. On Wednesday, Rabbi Menachem came into the kitah for his first visit of the year. He brought his guitar, led us in the prayer for studying Torah, told us the story of Breysheet, and then taught us a "happy niggun" (wordless song). After dividing the waters and making land, was the creation of light - we celebrated this by saying goodbye to our old unsafe wooden box (I am sure many parents are happy to see that gone!) and welcomed in our new light box. We have all been enjoying having a light table to test materials on - for example, see-through magnetic blocks create amazing lit structures, and science materials look very different.
On Thursday, Nora came to read us books which is always a great experience. We also sadly took our sukkah down, but we are happy for geshem (rain). We have been working on a Breysheet mural, starting with light, land, water, plants, animals and finally people and all their creations. It has led to some great discussions - did God make something or did people.....
We picked our first rimon (pomegranate) from the yard. We opened it, using a science experiment, and then ate it! The box from the light box has also been a fun emergent project, one day it was the cockpit for a rocket/plane (since watching the shuttle fly overhead a few weeks ago was a great classroom experience), then it became a building project with pretend tools. We found that the pretend saws actually cut through the box! Then the box remnants became tumbling and dancing props until finally it found its home in the recycling.
One day we had a small group read and act out the story of Hannah and her Shabbat dress, one group help set up pretend Shabbat, and another group play cards. Today, Ruth brought in two of her 3 week old chickens (Yoko and Nutmeg) because we were learning about the creation of animals that fly. They spent a peaceful morning in the mishkan, well fed and well observed by many friends, who soon became chicks themselves.
A small group of children this week had a meeting about teasing and how that feels; they brought us books to look at and we are working on instilling the value of treating your friends the way you want to be treated.
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirlee