January 27-31, 2014
26-30 Shevat 5774
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
This week we tested our boats and how they float.
We also talked about mayim/water, the drought, the rain, and why we need water.
We did a rain/geshem dance!
We made a mailbox. This was a multi-day project including cutting out the mail slot one day, painting the mailbox another day, decorating the painted mailbox with markers on still another day. Finally, the mailbox was ready and with the teachers assistance the children wrote letters, placed them in envelopes, addressed the envelopes, and placed them in the mailbox. We talked about stamps and will add these before emptying our mailbox to send our mail out on our field trip to the post office this coming Thursday (parent volunteers needed).
We read "Captain Jiri and Rabbi Jacob" by Hirsch in a "bookclub." We talked about the ideas of the book -- that you need learning and a strong body. We then made our own notebooks and books.
Inspired by Ima and Rabbi Dorothy Richman's teaching on Sunday, we told the children the story of Daniel in the lion's den. We shared with the children that Daniel spoke some of the words of Modeh Ani prayer in gratitude to God.
Melita sang songs with us this week!
Last week we added a Halleluyah prayer (from Psalm 150) to our morning tefillah. In between halleluyah's the children shared what they are thankful to God for. This list is on display in the kitah.
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 shape was: the Mishkan, AKA a mailbox.
Ruth, Shirlee, and William