March 3-7 2014
1-5 Adar II 5774
This week the teachers instituted two new activities into the kitah. Both of which have been very successful!
The children love dancing (to klezmer and New Orleans brass band music) while they clean up!
After snack each day this week the children were divided into duets. These dynamic duos were chosen at random, a different pairing each day. The children were instructed to begin their after snack play time with their partner. In the few cases where it was challenging for new playmates to negotiate initiating play together the teachers helped talk them through different possible ideas of what to play. Once the children chose their activity it was smooth sailing together. Many of the children continued growing these friendships at other times of the week, choosing to play with their former partners outside of partner play time, usually in a group thus connecting children to even more new playmates. We haven't had much exclusion among the children this year but there are a handful of groupings that choose to play together most of the time. One of the many goals of Partner Play is to mix up the classroom's social network groupings. And it has been very successful in doing so. It's fun too!
also this week:
Spontaneous Drum Corps Marching Band Parade
What month of Adar is complete without one?!
Fun with Shaving Cream!
writing our names!
drawing and writing on our dry erase board!
book club and notebooks!
Getting Down with Groggers in the Kitah!
with wooden boxes and tape!
with paper cups, tape, and popsicle sticks!
Purim-themed Collaborative Art Project
with masks, hamantaschen, and playing cards!
Why playing cards you ask???
Kings and Queens!!!
on display in the kitah!
making dough with Ima Jess!
voting on fillings!
taking turns rolling and cutting dough, adding filling, and then forming cookies!
Aleph Bet Yoga
spelling Purim with our bodies!
Singing Purim Songs
"... shalosh pinot ..."
"... rahsh! rahsh! rahsh!"
Are you as excited about Purim's arrival next week as we are?
Ruth, Shirlee, and William