March 30, 2014
Iyar 30 5774
Dear Nevonim Parents.
As we have been continuing to count the Omer (the days between Pesah and Shavuot), we are getting very excited about the upcoming holiday of Shavuot. This week we read many books including "No Rules for Michael" (although we read it as "No Rules for William" ), "the LIttlest Mountain" and we began the Book of Ruth. Over three days we made borekas, making the dough one day, and filling and baking the next two days. We ate them today and truly enjoyed the tradition of eating dairy for Shavuot. We also made flower wreaths today to wear on our heads. We also sang "Eretz zavat Chalav."
Wednesday was a special day because it was "Yom Yerusahlayim," the day that celebrates the reunification of Jerusalem. We sang many Jerusalem songs including "Yerushalayim shel Zehav". We brought out extra block sets so we could build a giant Jerusalem. We also talked about who had been to Jerusalem and who was going this summer - which is a lot of people! We read "Snow in Jerusalem" and "Ella's first Trip to Israel" and next week we will be writing notes to send to Jerusalem with Shirlee and Menachem so that they can put them in the kotel for us. You can write one at home with your child, if you would like to participate in this as a family! Just bring them into the kitah and we will collect them.
Melita came in and sang songs with us about colors, about animals and about Shavuot. We also had fun being silly with "Down by the Bay." We missed Cheryl since there was no school on Monday and we look forward to seeing her on Monday.
Monday and Tuesday in class we will be celebrating the coming of Shavuot. We would love it if your children wear white, and bring in flowers as we appreciate the bounty of spring!
The bookclub with the children who will be entering kindergarten in September finished the final chapter of the final book in the trilogy that we have been reading. In order to celebrate, the bookclub "sponsored" snack by making popcorn (which was great fun making) as well as apricots (to look like tangerines) because much of what takes place in the books is in Popsicornia and the Island of Tangerines. The six children also talked about the book during circle as a way to have closure.
In terms of emergent curriculum, we saw lots of monkeys this week (like Koofy the Kof in Ella's trip to Israel), cheetahs as always, a return of cats, and lots of cool rockets made with tinker toys.
It was a great week! Shabbat Shalom.
Ruth, Shirlee and William