Thursday, March 15, 2018

Main Event Art

What could be more fun than dripping paint, blowing it, pouring on salt and sticking on bubble wrap! This is the kid friendly way that KDH worked cooperatively to create a color masterpiece to auction off at the 
Main Event.
It actually started quite a while back. We put out paint one morning with paper and straws. The children picked colors and dripped the paint on their paper, and then blew the paint across their individual papers. They colors mixed and new colors were created. Then the children took foam circles and made large circles of color and used bubble wrap to make smaller groups of circles. They experimented with kosher salt and our fake snow to see what kind of other textures were emerge after that dried.
When the paintings had dried we put them all up together, to create one large painting on our bulletin board. That is one way to create cooperative art. Individual art is beautiful but put it all together and it becomes, "Wow!"
For the Main Event the children wanted to do something more collaborative. We bought a large piece of cotton paper and the children all excitedly asked for their turns to be apart of this wonderful masterpiece that emerged right in front of them!

Morah Ruth
Morah Sara
Morah Gail

Monday, March 5, 2018


"This Book is My Favorite!"

     The Kitah Gimmel Morahs regularly share books during snack time and lunch.  First, we spend a few minutes getting settled.   Then, the children have time to get involved in some table conversation.  Finally, it's story time!
     I tend to introduce each story with this statement:  This is one of my favorites!
     Now, is this logical?  There are approximately 180 days in the school year.  How can a Morah have that many favorites, and more?
     The answer is just as logical:  if you've lived your life as a reader, a parent, a grandparent and a Morah, stories are naturally an integral part of your very being.  And so, to say that you have more than one hundred favorite children's books is a true statement.
     Never did this seem more obvious than my most recent visit to the grandchildren.  I went out-of-town to celebrate the Brit Milah of our latest grandson (Mazel Tov!)  While there, I performed some mundane tasks as well:  laundry, garbage, dishes, grocery shopping.
     I had some downtime, so I decided to organize the children's bookshelf, with the children carefully assisting.  The wonders we found!
     "So, there it is," said one of the children.
     "Hey, I remember that one," said another.
      Each one of us had so many favorites!  I've decided to share some of the gems that we discovered in their bookcase.  Perhaps you, too, are looking for a new favorite!
     Here's my list,  not complete, and not in any order--and each one is a goodie.  I've included fiction only, this time around. Most are picture books, contemporary classics and available anywhere:

Llama Llama Red Pajama, Anna Dowdney
Click Clack Moo Cows That Type, Doreen Cronin
Angelina, Katharine Holabird
Caps for Sale, Esphyr Slobodkina
If You Give a Pig a Cookie, Laura Numeroff
Marvin K. Mooney, Dr. Seuss
Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See, Bill Martin, Jr.
Are You My Mother, P.D. Eastman
Knuffle Bunny, Mo Willems
Elephant and Piggy, Mo Willems
Don't Let the Pidgeon Drive the Bus, Mo Willems
Goodnight Moon, Margaret Wise Brown
A Pocket for Corduroy, Don Freeman
Madeline, Ludwig Bemelmans
The Little House, Virginia Lee Burton
The Story of Ferdinand, Munro Leaf
Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak
Curious George, Margaret and H.A. Rey
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Bill Martin Jr.
Freight Train, Donald Crews
Harold and the Purple Crayon, Crockett Johnson

     (Of course, new books are being written and illustrated all the time.  Recently, my husband and I met Georgia resident R. Gregory Christie, an illustrator with several awards, including a Caldecott and the Coretta Scott King Honor Award.  We bought one of his books for our grandchildren.  We enjoyed Mousetropolis, a retelling of the country mouse-city mouse story.  I love my old favorites, and it's so nice to find something new, too!)
Morah Susan 




Sunday, March 4, 2018

KDH visits blabla Dolls

KDH has shown a keen interest and love for dolls. When we needed more, we made them by stuffing baby clothes, and making challah dolls with stockings and stuffing. What could we do with this interest to give our children a deeper experience?
Morah Dena suggested that we visit blabla dolls. blabla dolls is a company based in Atlanta that was begun by two friends, Susan Pritchett and Florence Wetterwald, who visited Peru together. They saw the knitting cooperatives and were inspired to start a business making cotton knitted dolls.

The car ride is always a treasured part of our field trips.

Less than 1.5 miles from IJP, on Virginia Avenue, tucked into a residential street is the store front and design center for this beautiful enterprise. 

The owners and employees prepared a special program for us. Our experience began in the store with  the children being encouraged to look around and asking them which dolls they wanted to hold and examine. The children chose the ones they liked and passed them along to each other. 

We were struck by the beauty and peace that we felt in the store. The love and respect that the blabla personnel have for children truly resonated with us.
After watching videos of the dolls, it was time for the children to help design a doll. Florence drew the basic doll on a very large chalkboard and asked the children what kind of doll they wanted to create. A koala bear blabla doll complete with a whistle was the result of this cooperative effort.

We were taken to the design center. Flo and Lora showed us the props that they make to use in their books and videos. They demonstrated how they stand up and steady the dolls for the picture taking. 

 May read us two entertaining books. We also saw videos of the women knitting the dolls. There are about twenty hours of work that go into making each doll!

Before we left, each child was presented with a bag with the catalog, stickers, a note pad, a coupon. 

 Anslee went home and found the blabla doll that her brother Reed had gotten when he was a new born. It stills looks new. Natalie used her pad and drew many more blabla dolls.

The next morning the children designed more blabla dolls and named them.

 These are being used for a thank you note!

Yinon's mom came in and showed us the knitted finger puppet that she knitted. She is coming in to make them with the class!

Dramatic play, knitting, geography, finding the hidden treasures in our neighborhood and the kindness of  the blabla dolls owners and employees are all part of this exciting outing!

Morah Ruth
Morah Sara

Purim Day in KDH

How is Purim celebrated in IJP?
KDH is sure to do all the mitzvot of the day. 

We came in on Purim Day and after admiring everyone's costumes, we sat down to make mishloach manot men. We decorated a juice box, apple sauce and raisins that could be glued together to make the men. Put these foods together and they can be given as shalach manot. We suggested that the children use them to give to a family member when they got home.                               

Next the entire school gathered together in the third building to listen to Rabbi Schusterman read Megillat Esther and watch a video of the story as it was read.

Later, while the parents were up in the third building, the children set up our classroom for the seudah/feast. When the parents came in, we sat in a large circle together with the parents, and collected matanot l'evyonim, money for the poor that the Rabbi could distribute on Purim day

Next we played a round robin, sending the mishloach manot bags around for everyone to have a chance to give mishloach manot. 

Finally, it was time for our seuda/feast. We served our guests challah rolls, soup, salad. pickles and grape juice that the children had baked and cooked.

HAPPY PURIM to everyone!!!

Morah Ruth