February 6, 2015
Shvat 17 5775
Dear Nevonim Parents,
As you know we have had a busy few weeks with many new faces in the kitah. Through it all we have continued to have fun and explore many themes especially Tu B’Shvat.
We collected leaves, we did leaf art, we did tree art, we made a list of how trees help us. Many of these are on display in the kitah. We started indoor gardening and have continued with our outdoor gardening. We are preparing to sprout seeds on our chia cat. We really enjoyed exploring a print of a tree cross section given to us by Pamela Waxman; it shows the many layers of the tree. We counted 110 which means the tree was that many years old.
Last week we went to the library. Thank you to Liora and Jenni who were able to come with us.
This week in particular we had many special events;
On Monday, Liora Brosbe came in to share books with us about babies and how they grow since both she and Anna are expecting little on just one month. On Tuesday we celebrated Tu bshvat with Melita by singing lots of tree songs. On Wednesday, we had a Tu bshvat seder in the upstairs art room, with tablecloths that children made, table settings and a ceremony led by Jennifer Kirsch. She taught us how to become the different parts of a tree. We tasted and blessed tree fruits some that we can eat the inside or outside or both! We had grape juice, coconut, pears, dates and we smelled citrus and cinnamon. Later that day, Menachem came to talk to us about this week’s parashah Yitro. On Thursday, Willa Mamet, a local artist and congregant, came to visit our kitah. She shared with us her collection of wooden Judaic art, some completed, but a lot in progress. We looked at her mezzuzot cases that she carves with a shin from lots of different woods that she collects including persimmon, cherry, plum, Manzanita, willow and others..
In addition to all these special events, we had lots of emergent play including dinosaur bone hunting, pirate ships, building with giant cardboard blocks, play on our new trampoline and Friday rainy day fun.
We welcomed two new teachers Rinat and Inbal and enjoyed the company of substitutes Colin, and Sarah. We also celebrated Fiona’s 5th birthday.
We made get well cards for Judy and we truly wish her a R’fuah Shleimah!