This week we have been focusing on the topic of Kehila (community), Tikkun Olam ("fixing" the world) and Chesed (loving kindness).
We are doing communal projects, like group puzzles and joint Lego structures.
We also fix things together, like torn books, thus showing Kavod (respect) for our belongings.
When a group of kids tumbled and jumbled over each other on the rug, we learned about baby mice, who sleep together in a "puppy pile", to stay warm and feel safe- that metaphor strengthened the children's feeling of being a family.
On Tuesday we went over our donation box and sorted the items into categories. Then, the children got coins from our Tzdaka box, "bought" the items and placed them back in the donations box. We then had an interesting discussion about Tzdaka and what it means (Sharing our toys, giving stuff to people who need it...).
On Wednesday we went to the Women's Day Time Drop In Center to deliver the donations. We got to meet some of the people who work in the center, and they explained to us what they do there. It was very interesting and heartwarming. We then continued to the playground, to get all our excitement and wiggles out.
Other things that happened this week:
We had peas for snack, and read the funny story "Little Pea".
We played with shaving cream and liquid paint
Tinker Toys are a big hit! The children build intricate structures, either alone or in small groups.
For those of you who missed it, I'm sharing again the thank you letter from the volunteers at the Women's Day Time Drop in Center:
On behalf of the entire staff and women served at the Women's Daytime Drop-In Center we want to thank you for the generous donation of hygiene items your beautiful children brought in this morning. We love making connections out in the community and we relish the opportunity to share our center with our neighbors and young children growing up in today's world. Thank you for imparting notions of Tikkum Olam at such an early age and for helping to raise mindful and compassionate citizens! With gratitude, Beth