December 21. 2012
Tevet 8 5773
Dear Nevonim Parents,
We had a very cold, cozy and emotional week as we all (parents and teachers especially) appreciated the love that we have. In the kitah, we explored winter themes, talking about signs of winter. On Monday, we did an experiment where we put water in a bag in the freezer to see what would happen, on Tuesday, we added salt and food coloring to see what would occur to the great chunk of ice we created. We also spelled the word for winter in Hebrew (Choref) with our bodies, using Aleph Bet Yoga. On Tuesday, Melita sang with us, we made playdough, we played Mr. Fox outside and we made art with tissue paper, water and glue to illustrate a winter book called "Bearymore". We also had the great fun of popping corn in honor of a winter book we read called "The Bear Snores On." On Wednesday, Menachem came to the kitah wrapped in a pink blanket that covered his face to teach us abou the parashah "V'yigash" when Joseph meets his brothers again, but they do not recognize him. We practiced looking into each others' eyes as a way to recognize each other. We also made oatmeal which was a warm treat on a cold day. In small groups, we started weaving and leaarning Hebrew games. On Thursday, we did wintery glitter watercolors, we learned and acted out the song "Yonatan Ha'Katan", a song about a boy who climbs a tree, looking for chicks, and ends up with a hole in his pants instead. All week we read lots of winter tales by Jan Brett
Today, we played Jewish twister, used fabric pens on fabric to make a variety of things. Also today we reintroduced our old friend "Shabbatasaurus" who is a plastic dinosaur that connects school to home, by visiting each child for one Shabbat. The families celebrate Shabbat as they normally do in their households and write, draw or photograph their experiences in a notebook which also accompanies the dinosaurt. The next week, the dinosaur comes back to class and we read aloud its adventures during circle time. Children love this act of sharing school and home. We started with A and will work our way through the alphabet so that every child will get a turn (we promise!) Thursday, was a good day to explore fire and the sun since it was Orange/Yellow Day, and today was a very cozy Pajama Day.
Also all week a theme emerged about space and space travel. We built airplanes and space shuttles out of bristle blocks, put thme in a space museum, gave tours, and one day had a shuttle mission to freezing Neptune (our truly cold play yard), another day to Mars, Mercury, the Moon, Uranus, Venus and Saturn. We researched the planets on the computer, printed out space maps, and acted out the solar system, and the planet's rotations at circle (just in case you were looking for some themes to explore over winter break!)
Shabbat Shalom! Have a great, safe and happy vacation until we meet again next year.
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirlee