September 9-10 and 16-20
28-29 elul and 9-13 tishri
We introduced our daily t'filot, which we sing everday at circle time. We begin with Modah Ani, then sing a Elohai Neshama chant, followed by Mah Tovu. We also have a Boker Tov song that gives the children a chance to greet each other each day. This song also includes singing Boker Tov to many other things as well, giving us the opportunity to introduce Hebrew vocabulary in the context of circle time throughout the week. In the middle of circle time we have other songs and activities. These weeks this time included multiple Rosh HaShanah shirim/songs, the story of Jonah and the Whale (or big fish, as it were). Each day we finish circle by reciting the shema. We have a few ways of reciting the shema, including a version that includes sign language. Often a child will volunteer to lead this recitation and choose which version we will perform that day. This fun introduction to davening happens every single day!
In addition to singing Rosh HaShanah songs we had also had many other activities for HaYamim Noraim.
We had shofarot in the kitah. Some of these were mishpachah/family shofarot which were brought in for day. Many of the children are quite accomplished at blowing the shofar. These children were teaching other children how to blow the shofar. We learned are the different shofar calls (tekiah, truah, shevarim, and tekiah gedolah) and even the children who can't yet blow a shofar practiced these calls with their voices. We even told shofar dinosaur stories.
We had an apple tasting and each child chose which kind of apple they most like to eat (red, yellow, green). Then we dipped apples in honey for a sweet new year. If that wasn't sweet enough, we made honey cake muffins also (big thanks to Ima Jess Login for volunteering to help with this activity).
We also have many books in the kitah about Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur.
Finally, we took a field trip yesterday,Thursday, to Strawberry Creek where we performed tashlikh before playing in the park. The children also heard a strong princess and rabbi tashlikh story.
The children received bandaid stamps for Yom Kippur.
Every week in the kitah we have a variety of options available for the children to explore their fine and gross motor development, emerging literacy (including pretend play), artistic creativity, emerging math skills, and sensory development. This week these included sponge painting on huge rimmonim/pomegranate shaped paper, making a huge group mural, sticky foam, playdoh, beading, magnet tiles, blocks, railroad tracks, playing a memory game, easel painting, making sukkot decorations outside in our play yard, running, jumping, climbing, dancing, and more. There was also a lot of children taking care babies, which utilizes developing fine motor skills as well as empathy and caring.
The children were introduced to Melita, our guest music teacher, who comes once each week, and Nora the Librarian who visits our kitah once a month.
Shanah Tovah u'Metukah,
Ruth, Shirley, and William