November 30, 2012
Kislev 16 5773
Dear Nevonim Parents,
We had a short week last week where we focused a lot on Thanksgiving. We leraned a song about the earth and giving thanks. We also learned a song about dirt making our food, as a way to appreciate the earth's harvest. We voted on what seasonal treat we wanted to make to send home for Thanksgiving. We decided to make apple sauce which we hope you all enjoyed. One day, we peeled and cored the tapuchim, the next day we cooked the sauce, put it in jars and wrote our names on labels. We also made persimmon jam (from Eli's tree) which we ate in class. On Tuesday we sang songs with Melita including "Thanks Alot"/. On Wednesday, we had the fun of having family helpers, several siblings and even one son!
We continued our exploration of Peter and the Wolf on Monday when Nana Teri brought her cello in and we listened to her play, learned about string instruments, and even got to try plucking and bowing. We made a wolf cape to use in dramatic play and used our carpentry skills to make a rainstick which was a great project.
We also did Havdalah with Malkah, welcomed a new class pet rat named Boris and played Scooby Doo in Hebrew.
This week we started our learning with an awesomely fun field trip to the Oakland Zoo! Thank you to all the parent (and grandparent) drivers. We divided into four groups - the bats, the tigers, the giraffes and the elephants. In these small groups we explored the zoo, answering questions the children had posed, and identifying different species. We had our lunch in the children's area and had a great time. Several groups had even more fun navigating the zoo using the zoo map.
We continued with this emergent theme of maps in the kitah. We looked at a world map and one of Alameda county where we noted how many of us live in which cities. We made a amp of our kitah and one of the shul, which we used to find the giant chanukiyah upstairs. We also continued zoo learning by talking about our favorite animals and planning activities about them. The favorite animals were tigers and sun bears - we are planning gmaes, paper mache and other projects. We also posed the question, "Why were there pumpkins in Cages?" The next day we did research on the computer about many animals (sunbears, ligers, and even dinosaurs named Argentinasaurus. The Oakland Zoo website has a direct webcam link looking in the sun bear's cages. Their information answered our question about pumpkins, since all animals need enrichment, things to play with, just like people. Following this, many of us pretended to be sun bears.
We revisited last week's parashah since we weren't together as a class. In it Jacob has a dream and angels ascend on a ladder that connects the earth to the sky. We made a ladder out of paper mache one day, painted it the next day,and danced with it the next day, singing "Malachei Ha'Melachim."
Menachem came to teach us about this week's parashah, focusing on how Jacob and Esau were separated by the river Tabok, and how many of us have family in far away places. In circle, we also talked about Jacob marrying Rachel (and Leah) and so sange "El Ha Maayan" which includes Rachel in it.
At lunch we listened to several Jewish Stories; The sun, the moon and the stars, the Idol Breakers, and one about Aaron and Moses. We also picked many pomegranates from our trees (rimonim ), juiced them, added honey and made pomegranate lemonade. From the skins and seeds that were leftover, we make pomegranate prints which are on the wall in the science area.
We ended the week by starting talking about Hanukkah, which we will continue for the next few weeks. We told the story at circle, read books, sang songs and started making dreidels. Lots mor to come next week!
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirlee