February 20th-24th

27 Feb

Eagles’ Exploration and Learning

Sensory Table

As part of the Tu b’shvat celebrations we filled the Sensory table up with dirt for the children to explore during the Tu b’shvat Hop.  Last week the Eagles continued to enjoy playing with the dirt in the classroom.  Over the long weekend the table was covered and this week when we opened it we had a nice surprise.  Over the weekend some beans that were left in the table from our last activity had sprouted!  The children were very surprised to find them there, as were we.

Living and Non-Living

Continuing our conversations about the needs of living things we have begun categorizing things that are living and non-living.  The children understand that living things grow, move on their own, and need food water and air, non-living things do not.  The children worked together to sort pictures of living and non-living things under the correct titles

New Activities

We are always working towards creating a learning environment for the children that has activities that both challenge and interest the children.  At times, our ideas of what might interest the children may not always be correct!  So, we appreciate it when the ideas for activities come directly from the children.  In the past few weeks we have had two children give us ideas for new materials to put out.  One child asked us if we had any fuse beads and after a little searching in the cupboard we found that we had a large container of these beads and lots of patterns to use.  This activity has been extremely popular in the classroom, with multiple children creating at once.  Fuse beads are a great activity to refine their fine motor skills, it is also a test for patience, coordination and concentration, as the beads need to be placed on very carefully to avoid knocking the other beads off.

 

Another activity that came from a child also is great for refining fine motor skills.  We had a plastic tray with holes in it that held new glue sticks.  When we had used the glue sticks we placed the tray on the art shelf to see if someone had any ideas as to how to use it.  After a few minutes of it being on a shelf we noticed that a child was placing small pom poms in the holes, not only did it look wonderful with all the colors, it was also a great way to practice those fine motor skills. For added challenge, the children can use tweezers, instead of their fingers, to pick up and place each pom pom into a hole.

Happy Birthday Mordechai

This week we celebrated Mordechai’s 5th Birthday. Thank-you to his family for helping us celebrate with Ice-Cream Sandwiches!

Judaic Studies with Morah Chani

This week we continued our study of the book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”.  We added food and butterflies to the leaves we made a few weeks ago. You’ll be seeing these creations soon! As we worked, Morah Chani took the opportunity to reinforce the vocabulary for the different foods from the book.

Shabbat Party

This week our Shabbat Party was hosted by Sarah’s family.  We were very fortunate to have Sarah’s immediate family plus two Grandfathers and an Aunt! We are looking forward to hearing all about Bentzi’s adventures this week!

 

Art with Morah Jan

This week the children got to try printing.  They used a pen to draw a picture on a thin piece of foam.  The children really had to work at this as they had to push the pen in hard enough to leave an impression in the foam. They then used a roller to put ink on the foam.  The print was made by pressing a piece of paper on the inked foam.  The  children needed to sing their favorite song while they pressed down on the paper to make sure the print came out.

My Gym with Morah Ryan

The children got to move with ribbon batons this week. Morah Ryan also did a 5 Speckled Frogs skit with puppets, which many of the Eagles continued to act out on they playground!

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