January 25, 2013
Dear Nevonim Parents,
We had more fun this week with space and trees, and trees in space. We rooted our avocado pits and will be watching them grow. We listened to two Jewish stories about Honi, Honi and the Carob Tree and Honi and the Rainmaker. We had many meaningful discussions about what trees give us - air, shade, fruit, nuts, chocolate, coffee, rubber, cork, paper, wood, etc. One day we decorated our yard trees with paper airplanes which we launched into the trees many times! One day we took a nature walk to see trees, gather leaves and hug a few of our tree friends at the park. With these leaves, we made decorations for the kitah and for the table for the Tu B'shevat seder that Rabbi Shalom led for us on Thursday. We celebrated all four seasons with a different kind of juice and a blessing, and we celebrated fruit from trees with a pit you can't eat, with a peel you can't eat, and fruit that is fully edible. We heard a story about an apple tree at summer camp that kept staying alive, despite great odds. We sang and acted out the song "Etzei Zeytim Omdim" (the olive trees are standing). We had our own fruit tasting at snack today - you can see the results posted on the kitah door.
We sang tree songs with Melita. We did several plays about monkeys in trees. We learned about the Northern Lights. We played Go Fish. We built with legos. We played cat and dog and veterinarian. We played restaurant. Many children helped illustrate a book for Purim with a poem written by Rena - stay tuned for its publication soon!
Menachem taught us about this week's parashah, by parting the sea of children at circle and then watching the circle close again. We learned how it was the bravery of Nachson that helped the water divide as he stepped forward to enter the water. Today at Pretend Shabbat, some of the children showed this in a play.
Next week we hope to go the botanical garden on Thursday for a field trip with Savta Irene, but we still need more drivers. Let us know if you can help.
Thanks! Chag Sameach and Shabbat Shalom!
Caitlin, Ruth, Shirlee and William