As Pesach approaches:
- We told the story of Moses and his adventures. We started when he was a baby, telling a little bit more every day, and got all the way to the other side of the Red Sea.
- We brought out babies and baskets, Afikoman covers, cleaning supplies and a Sedder plate.
- We made cardboard Afikoman and the children took turns hiding them in the classroom.
- We talked about the making of bread, and showed the children how to separate the wheat kernels from the surrounding shell, then used pestle and mortar to ground up the wheat. The kids enjoyed trying it out and ended up grounding many other things.
- We talked about the rising of the dough and how the people of Israel didn't have time to wait and that's why to this day we eat Mazzot on Pesach. We observed the process by following the rise of our Challah dough.
- We also sang "Ma Nishtana" and "Dumam Shata" ("Silently sailing", a song about Moses in the basket), and Melita sang many other holiday songs with us.
This week we gave our share in the collective effort to help the refugees. The children took all the coins in our Tzdakah boxes, sorted and counted them. At circle time, Lauren took the money we counted and the children went with her in groups to the store to buy self care items like shampoo, tooth brushes, deodorant and more. On their way, the children shared with members of the community and the clerks at the store what they were buying and why.
We had a very exciting visit from Rabbi Stu Kelman and Peter Wharahftig, who came with their musical instruments: Clarinet, bass clarinet, tuba, flute, and their ancestors- the Shofar and a conch shell. We learned about high and low sounds and attempted to blow air in the certain way that's needed to play the Shofar and the Tuba.
Marcie, Angelina's roommate, bought a box full of strawberries for us, and we gobbled them up. This inspired us to read "The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear".
We wrote thank you notes for Peter, Stu and Marcie, for sharing their abundance with us.
We had another exciting visit from three 8th graders from Tehyia day school, Adam, Jack (our Sarah's big brothers) and Lilly. They came to read stories for us on Friday. They stayed for a whole hour and we were very VERY excited with their presence.
Angelina found a dead crab on the beach and we examined it carefully ... outside, of course!
We did mesh art with nets and tempera paint.
Have a beautiful weekend!
Anna, Angelina and Colin