September 21, 2012
5 Tishrei 5773
Dear Nevonim Parents,
We had a short but very sweet week. We started the week by talking about Tashlich, the custom of casting one's sins into a moving body of water between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. Since children have no sins, we discussed mistakes we made last year that we don't want to make this year (we got examples like hitting and yelling). We read two beautiful books about the tradition - one called New Year at the Pier and one Tashlich at Turtle Rock. Then with great parent volunteers (thank you Kara, Peter and Laura), we headed out on our first field trip to Strawberry Creek Park. We cast our crumbs (mistakes) into the water from the bridge, and then played and took advantage of the slide still being there!
We have expanded Tashlich to include talking about water and water creatures. Many of the children are very interested in the sea creature toys we have; some have become sharks and whales etc. outside. We read a book on Thursday that Menachem brought back from Ghana called Crocodile Bread. We looked at what was the same and what was different about the lives of the children in the book. On Friday, we followed their directions and made our challah dough into a crocodile which was great fun.
We made a giant whale out of newspaper and then covered it in paper mache. We heard the story of Jonah and the whale which is traditionally chanted on Yom Kippur. We also sang "Jonah Lives in the Belly of the Whale" sung to the tune of "We all Live on a Yellow Submarine" and written by William.
In small groups we played lots of math chicken games, set up for Pretend Shabbat (counting out cups and other fun tasks). We also made French Toast one day, and playdough that same day. We played a game called Scooby Doo that allows all the children to perform something for their friends and we played the whole thing in Hebrew! We have also been having lots of fun with music games inspired by the Wednesday class. We welcomed back our friend Rikki which has been a nice way to start this new year.
Have a great and peaceful Shabbat,
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirlee