February 8, 2013
28 Shevat 5773
Dear Nevonim Parents,
After talking about the earth last week, we moved very organically into talking about the ocean and underwater life this week. We sang many water and shark songs, in Hebrew and English. We played aquarium train and all chose sea creatures to be. On Thursday, we had the opportunity to study a real whale skeleton set up in the social hall by the Berkeley school. Even though it was only a baby whale, it took up the entire room! We learned about whales and how they eat. We discussed dolphins and other mammals and compared them to fish and reptiles. We played sharks and minnows, sardines and Yam Yvashah (Sea/Dry Land).
We made clocks and talked about how we measure time. We learned the word Chai (life) and why 18 is a special number for Jews, now that we have eighteen children in our class! We spelled the word with our bodies, using Aleph Bet yoga, and we counted up that chet is 8 and yud is 10, therefore 18 is the number for life.
We changed our writing area so that there are only writing materials there, and we have produced a great outpouring of children's writing, including several books (and even series of books!) Look forward to more writing as many of our children are right there, developmentally.
We did splatter art. We sang with Melita including a clock song the day we were learning about clocks.) Menachem came to teach us about this week's parashah Mishpatim and so we talked about rules and laws and why we need them.
Have a Shabbat Shalom,
Caitlin, Ruth and Shirlee