January, 20-24 2014
19-23 Shevat 5774
Here is a list of activities emerging in the classroom. In this regular font I'll list activities that the children initiated. The other font is teacher initiated activities or resources. You'll notice that most of the teacher initiated materials are in direct response to the children initiated activities.
-boat making with cardboard, paper, tape, corks and popsicle sticks
--stocking the classroom with cardboard, paper, tape, corks, and popsicle sticks
----and books about boats
-spaceship and rocket making with popsicle sticks, corks, paper, and tape
----books about space
-airplane making with popsicle sticks and tape
----books about airplanes
-dock making (for the boats of course) with cardboard, tape, and corks
-taking care of babies
----books about babies and their big brothers and big sisters
--Taking Care of Babies Documentation Board
----on display right outside the classroom
-------note: not all children who have been taking care of babies in the kitah are pictured on the board
-hotels for horses
-using acorn tops as hats for miniature people figurines
-mail, mail boxes, stamps, letters, addresses, envelopes
This week we were inspired by Parshat Mishpatim to talk about class rules.
(for more Jewish Curriculum see below under things that happen Every Week)
Melita sang songs with us this week!
Rabbi Creditor came to our class this week and taught us about the importance of rules, because Parshat Mishpatim lists more rules than any other Torah portion. He demonstrated the importance of rules with a story about "Hatzenplatz." Then he summarized: "No rules - bad! Rules - good! Asking why - better!"
This inspired the teachers to put the similarly themed PJ Library book "No Rules for Michael" out on the classroom bookshelf.
Extending the learning from last week's Torah portion we had three more children visit the Nachshomim classroom as helpers this week. The children are very excited about this activity. Those who haven't yet visited the Nachshonim classroom are asking regularly when their turn will come. Those who have visited stay for the whole morning and then go home and tell their parents all about it!
This week we added a Halleluyah prayer (from Psalm 150) to our morning tefillah. Perhaps Rabbi Dorothy Richman will need to add extra sessions to her parent education series to keep up with the children! ;-)
Every week the children make an individual challah. We also make two challot for Pretend Shabbat, in shapes inspired by the week's Torah portion. This week's shapes were: a horse (inspired by the teaching in this week's parsha to return lost livestock to its owner, even if the owner is your enemy) and collage of small dough balls (representing the many rules included in this week's parsha).
Ruth, Shirlee, and William