Friday, October 7, 2016

Little Builders

Extended day students are always busy building new structures, roads and bridges out of whatever materials they can find.  Working together is important when building and creating our projects and we love to see what each creative individual adds to the team.

This is our Princess Castle!

We up-cycled our pizza boxes and turned them into car ramps.

Our rubber ramp and tubular tunnels are always a big hit. Keeping the ball on the ramp is no simple task. From start to finish it needs to be just right. But what joy it brings to them when the ball makes it all the way to the end with no hiccups!!!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Remembering Rosh Hashannah . . .And What's Next?

      After every significant event, we like to sit down and have a chat.  What did we do?  Where did we go?  Who did we meet?  What did we eat?
      And after a major Jewish holiday--even more so!  We have so much information to share.

     The week before Rosh Hashannah, we set up a Rosh HaShannah table (above, Anslee adjusts the candles while Evan looks on.)  We heard the Shofar and we ate round challah.  On the Friday before the holiday, we cut-up a pomegranate to experience all the seeds and to give it a taste. We know that so many foods are "symbols" (our new word!) We want a good, sweet year full of mitzvot.

     So when we came back to school after Yom Tov, we spoke about our experiences.  What did we say?

Here are some of our thoughts:
Lily:  I heard my sister's Shofar.  I know the sounds!
Ezra:  I ate round challah.  My mommy made honey cake.
Yannai:  I dipped the apple in the honey.
Caleb:  I ate lots and lots and lots of plain challah!
       Lily:  pretend?
       Caleb:  No, real!
Anslee:  I like the challah.
Yinon:  Challah!
Evan:  I go to my Bubbie's house with my cousins, and when they were about to go, I leaved!
Sammy:  I heard the Shofar two times, and I had a blue bracelet and I was in the class with my sister.
Annabelle:  I go to my grandparents, and I gave tzedaka.  I gave poor people food and money.
Becker:  I heard a real Shofar!
Maddy:  I love that!  I liked the apples and challah.  I didn't like the honey.
Annika:  I heard the Shofar with my Mommy!

     And what's next?  We are learning about Yom Kippur and the Story of Jonah.  That story tells us that HaShem is everywhere!  

      We know that it is a big mitzvah to give Tzedaka, especially this time of year.  We prepare our own Tzedaka boxes.  (Above:  Annika and Sammy, painting.  Below:  Lily joins in.)
      We paint our cans with tempera paints.  Then, we decorate the tops.
     Above:  Becker decides he would prefer a different medium to decorate his can.  He chooses dot paint and chalk.
We are ready to take our Tzedaka cans home! 
G'mar Chatima Tova--May you be inscribed for a healthy and happy New Year!  

Fondly, Morah Susan and Morah India


Which horned animal are you?

As part of the theme of Rosh Hashanah, we spent time learning about the Shofar- the horn that is blown on Rosh Hashanah. We learned that the Shofars come from the horns of animals, and we got to see and examine many different animals that have horns. We then gave the children two horns and posed the question: Which horned animal are you? Here are some of the imaginative answers we got:

A Ram!

An Elephant!

A Daddy Sheep!

A Rhino!

An Elephant!
A Giraffe!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Kitah Alef Prepares for Rosh Hashanah

Here is a summary of  many activities we've engaged in to prepare for and experience Rosh Hashanah.

We've had themed sensory bins:

 Shofar blowing practice:

 and heard one blown by a rabbi!

 Apple manipulatives:

Our wooden Rosh Hashana set:

 Painting with red, yellow and brown:

 Scientific apple exploration:

 Shofar making:

Apple and honey tasting:

Baking honey cake:

Happy Rosh Hashana!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Carrots in KDH

I went shopping at the market for Rosh Hashana and came upon carrots that were unusually large! I thought, "Those are amazing! I must bring one in to share with KDH."
At circle time, I presented the VERY LARGE CARROT. There were lots of wows and eyes open wide all around. We passed the carrot around for everyone to feel and look at close up. Seizing the moment, I asked the children, "Would you like to compare the typical carrots we have in school with this one?"  "Yes," they answered.
I asked them to define the word compare. Freeda told us, "That means what is the same and different."  We set out to make the comparison:

 Freeda: They are both carrots!  
Max: They are both orange.
Noa: Both of them have stripes all around.
Dovid: You can eat both of them.
Yoni: They both smell like carrots.
Ari E: They both have peels.

We cut the large carrot and one regular one in half and looked inside.
Izzy: They both have dots inside.
Hannah: They smell the same.

We talked about carrots being root vegetables and the water and nutrients traveling up the carrot to the stem and leaves. We looked at the carrots on the outside and inside. We took out the balance scale from science center. We put the big carrot on one side. We needed seven carrots on the other side to balance the scale!

Today, the children peeled the carrots for tzimmes, a traditional Rosh Hashana food that we will eat at our Rosh Hashana party on Thursday. 

Who thought that carrots could be so engaging! We can't wait until the weather cools off so that we can plant carrots in our garden. 

Morah Ruth