January 11, 2013
29 Tevet 5773
Dear Nevonim Parents,
We had a nice week back after the long break. Everyone was very happy to see each other. Much of our week's focus in the kitah was on space (Chalal in Hebrew). We made a spaceship which grew and changed each day, with control panels, blasters, oxygen tanks, and cockpit. It was a big group project with painting and building from many children. We have started making the planets out of paper mache, as we have talked and learned about the planets, the sun and the moon and how all related to the earth. We also make individual jetpacks and astronaut costumes. We read many, many books about space and space travel.
We further explored space by looking up and drawing constellations of stars. We poked holes for the stars with pins on black paper and then put them on the lightbox so we could recreate the constellations in the night sky. Some of the constellations we looked at were Big and Little Dipper, Cassiopeia (crown) and Orion's Belt. We also made space necklaces and decorations.
Additionally, we talked about our winter vacations. We made 3-d collages, many of our houses. We made popcorn for snack and talked about the science of how it pops. We made up many stories, including several about princesses. Nora came to read books to us, including a very silly one about Minerva the chicken. We started talking about Exodus, which is the book of the Torah we are reading now. We read versions of the Moses story and even made our challah into a basket for baby Moses today for Pretend Shabbat.
We have been making lots of rock and roll music and dancing to it, thanks to the books about Pete the Cat. We heard that it has snowed in Jerusalem this week so we read a beautiful book called Snow in Jerusalem about a Muslim boy and a Jewish boy in Jerusalem who learn to share a cat called Snow.
Next week, we will continue space (as it is very engaging for all), but we will also start learning about the next holiday of Tu B'Shevat, the birthday of the trees. We would like to ask now for you to start saving your avocado pits for the kitah, so that we can sprout and grow enough avocado plants for every child!
Ruth, Caitlin and Shrilee