Thursday, October 2, 2014

Yonah and the Big Fish in KDH

Gail and I continue to watch and listen to the children and are awed by their creativity and imagination. Today we had such a "moment." ,,......
Before Yom Kippur we talk about the Haftorah reading of Yom Kippur afternoon, the story of Yonah, the prophet. The children can tell you the themes of the story, "You cannot run away from Hashem," and "We are forgiven if we regret our mistakes, resolve not to repeat them, and beseech Hashem for forgiveness."
As parent, Miriam Lipskier related, "I have seen many depictions of Yonah, from over the years. The one from this year is a new one. It's different!" Gail and I chose this version (from the Chinuch website) because it included a gift wrap/paper towel roll in it. The children are always using the ones in our art recycling tray, making all kinds of creations. We thought they'd enjoy this too. Looking through the rolls and seeing Yonah would be fun.

The children cut out the fish, dot painted with cork, pompoms and sponge brushes. Then they colored Yonah using color pencils and finally cut him out along the circle with special pointers. Next, we assembled Yonah in the big fish.
The children were very excited to look into the fish. They all peered inside and saw Yonah.
Motty took his fish and put it up to his ear. He said, "I am listening to Yonah davening!" Luba went on, "He's is asking Hashem to forgive him!" Great idea, Motty! 
What a fantastic way to use the "fish" and recall the story of Yonah.

Morah Ruth

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Kitah Alef- New Year

The children have enjoyed spending more time outside, with the weather cooling down and the leaves slowly descending from the trees. We set up a corner with a little tree composed out of branches tied together, and lots of colorful string to wrap around. The children have taken turns wrapping the string around the branches and pulling it this way and that.

Yesterday, we brought a light table into the room and placed magna tiles on it. Today we will explore sliced apples on our light table. The children will be able to investigate the shape and color of the apples more closely with the help of the light coming from underneath.

It is exciting to watch the new friendships that are blossoming in the class. During circle time we have been singing "Yadaym Lemala Al Ha Rosh, Al Ha Ktefayim, Achad, Shteim, Shalosh..." ~ Hands up high on the head, on the shoulders, one two three. We have also been singing our Rosh HaShana songs like: dip the apple in the honey. The children really enjoy circle time. Ezra always has a book picked out for us to read.

 In our sensory table we have been digging for little apples hiding in the dirt.

We wish you a Shan Tova and can't wait to see everyone when we come back!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Kitah Bet is Busy!

We have learned so much our first few weeks here at school. We have met some new friends, some new teachers, and are learning our daily schedule. It has been a time of adjustment for some of us, which is what is expected from our young age group.

So far, this is what I have learned about our unique class. First, many of our children have a talent for painting. Some even have discovered that using their hands is as fine as a tool to use as a brush. We have decided that with this new discovery we will continue hand painting and take it outside and use our brushes for our inside art. This way we can learn two sets of skills and maybe explore other outside objects, such as sticks and leaves, to use as well.

Secondly, our children love to play with our sensory table. Each week, we put different materials in the table, like, pink colored rice, soil, water (always a hit!), corks (all different sizes), and many other fun and interesting materials. We place all kinds of objects in there as well to make it more interesting. For example, we put scoopers in with the rice, fake mini apples in the soil, and little tweezers in with the corks so the children can practice picking up the corks using their fine motor skills.

Lastly, I have learned that children are our best mimics. It has been fun watching them learn from each other, and of course from us! The old saying, monkeys see monkey do is so true. For this reason, I am in awe how quickly the children have caught on to our daily activities and routines, how to share and take turns with one another, and that being at school is a fun place to experience learning in all different forms. And of course we have to be our best selves as educators, so that we are setting an excellent example for the children.
Thank you for sharing your precious, inspiring, and joyful children with us!

Morah Kim

Working Together

Kitah Gimmel went to the upper playground and noticed a set of very large plastic pieces scattered around the playground, different shapes, sizes and colors.  Many of the children were drawn to it.  These children walked over to them, touched them, moved them, climbed them and even turned them.  “It’s a big puzzle!” was overheard.  Using their cognitive skills, the children then examined each piece closely for its shapes and details, where and what could ‘fit’.  With motor skills, they experimented moving them around, adjusting and readjusting them to fit together.  With their social skills, they were communicating to their friends what they needed, listening to what their friends were saying, and encouraging each other as well. 
“We did it!”  
Teamwork is defined as “the combined action of a group of people, especially when effective and efficient.”  I’d say that is exactly what our children showed here! 
                                                                                                                     -Morah Risa

Gathering the pieces. 

Trying it out, while we add on more.

Getting it built.

Taking turns.

Cheering ourselves for building this! 

Everyone gets a turn. 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Wacky Science For Rosh Hashana in KDH

KDH children and parents welcomed Wacky Scientist AKA Rabbi Sollish into our classroom this past Thursday. "On Rosh Hashana, we go to Tashlich to throw our mistakes away," is one of our favorite Rosh Hashana songs. What did Wacky Scientist want to demonstrate to us about that? The children all drew pictures of actions they wanted to change for the coming year. Wacky Scientist had us put the papers into water and, poof! They dissolved and disappeared.

Similarly, we can resolve to change and improve. Mistakes will be as if they never happened. 
We all enjoyed the science fun and can't wait for Rabbi Sollish's next visit.