Archive | May, 2017

Enjoying the Sunny Weather!

25 May

What a beautiful week of sun and warm weather! The Chickadees had a great time playing outside this week. For the first time this year, we took a walk on the trail in Interlaken Park! The Chickadees touched and climbed trees, saw flowers, heard birds, saw a spider, and blew dandelion puffs!

The Chickadees also had a lot of playground time this week! We brought out our sensory table and filled it with water and toys. It was a big hit! We also had water bottles and paintbrushes outside and the Chickadees enjoyed painting with water on the sidewalk, playground, and building.

We enjoyed the sun some more by taking time to play in our Fire Drill Field. The Chickadees had fun playing with leaves, running, and watching Morah Nicola blow bubbles!

Of course, this week was also full of lots of classroom play! We also celebrated L’s birthday and her mom read us two very silly stories.

In My Gym this week the Chickadees ran through and crawled under foam blocks with Moreh Ryan. They always have to much fun in My Gym!

It has been a fantastic week in the Chickadee classroom!

Only one month left :(:(:(

18 May

Hi Hummingbird families,

As our last month of school approaches, we are feeling very sad that our time with your lovely children is coming to an end. We are in constant awe of their achievements throughout the year and we are so proud of them. They came to us as your babies and they will be moving onto the chickadees as hilarious and bright young toddlers!

These pictures really reflect where they are at now. They are constantly playing with each other, having full blown conversations, opening their lunches by themselves, focusing on one project at a time, attempting every playground activity, retaining an abundance of knowledge, and the list goes on!

We hope you enjoy the pictures and videos!

Morah Julia, Moreh Eli, and Morah Ronisha

 

 

 

 

Imagination and creation!

18 May

We have had a fun week in the Chickadee class! It was a joy to start off the week with Grandparent’s Day. We loved seeing the Chickadees interact with these people who hold a special place in their lives. Chickadees proudly showed their grandparent’s their classroom, engaged in table top activities with them, read stories, and toured the school. It was a very fun Monday morning!

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The Chickadees have incredible imaginations! This week we saw so much elaborate pretend play. There were picnics, birthday parties, princesses, cowboys, monsters, music, and so much adventure! We are loving how well the Chickadees are playing with one another, as they learn to take turns, share, and work together.

We definitely have a class full of artists! Paint (whether with Dot Paints or brushes) has become a favorite medium. The Chickadees often mix their paint colors and employ many different painting techniques. Some of their creations are sent home and some are hung up in our classroom!

This week’s My Gym was a little different, but still so much fun! Moreh Ryan made us a giant tent filled with stuffed animals and balls! The Chickadees really enjoyed playing in it, running around it, and throwing toys through the hula-hoops.

We’ve had a fun, imaginative, and exciting week in our class! We are looking forward to a sun-filled next week!

 

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15 May

Eagles: Exploration and Learning

Fuse Bead Fun!

For quite a while now, the children have really enjoyed making creations with Fuse Beads.  They are tricky beads to work with, as they can be knocked off very easily by just a brush of the hand or a jiggle of the table.  We have been very impressed with the amount of concentration and creativity the children have demonstrated while working with their Fuse Beads.  This activity develops fine motor, concentration, coordination and patterning skills.  Working with Fuse Beads also helps develop patience, as the beads often fall off and the children have to start their creation again!

Judaic Studies

Introduction to Yom Yerushalayim

Morah Chani began talking to the children about Yom Yerushalayim.  She emphasized the importance of Israel, Jerusalem, Beit HaMikdash, and the Kotel to the Jewish people. Morah Chani also told the children how the Kotel wall was on the Arab side, but after lots of arguments,  it was moved to the Jewish side, and this why we celebrate Yom Yerushalayim.

Shabbat Party

Thank-you to Caleb’s family for hosting our Shabbat party this week!  We really enjoyed being introduced to the book “Being Wendy” by Fran Drescher.

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My Gym

Story Drama

Art

 

 

Playing and Friendships!

11 May

This has been a great week with the Chickadees! We noticed how beautifully everyone played together this week. It is a joy to watch the Chickadee’s play grow and expand to include different kinds of play and new friends. We had a few days of warmth and sunshine this week and we took advantage of it by playing outside for a long time! We saw so much running, jumping, imaginative play with friends, riding, and climbing!

Of course, we always enjoy playing in the classroom as well. More and more, we see Chickadees playing and building together. We are so proud of how well the Chickadees play together and so impressed by their complex stories and imaginations. The Chickadees also enjoy independent activities like reading, sculpting, and drawing. They are often very proud of their creations, showing them off to us with a big, “TA DA!”

On Thursday we spent more time inside because of the rain. This means that we were able to do an art project! The Chickadees loved painting with the different foam paintbrushes. We saw dabbing, brushing, stamping, rolling, and some hand painting too.

We had a great My Gym on Wednesday! Moreh Ryan brought a rope for the Chickadees to jump over and crawl under. He also brought foam mats for them to tumble on! The Chickadees really enjoyed playing with the pom poms, especially when they pretended they were different animals’ tails.

It has been a fun-filled week in our classroom! We are looking forward to Field Day tomorrow and Grandparents’ Day on Monday!

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8 May

Eagles Exploration and Learning

Eagles Flower Shop

This week we adapted our dramatic play area to be a a florist.  The children get to take flower orders, add up how much money the orders cost, and wrap the flowers or create an arrangement.  They called it the “Eagles Flower Shop”, and they made a sign.

Judaic Studies

Happy Birthday to Israel!

To celebrate the birthday of Israel, we started the day with a special Ti’fillah Kotel then we took a plane ride to Israel, made our own orange juice and ate snack in a Misadah Cafe!  We also made flags and hats and joined the Lower School in their special assembly for a parade.

Plane Ride to Israel

Orange squeezing and eating snack in the Misadah Cafe

Waiting for the Parade

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The children were very excited to eat the BBQ lunch!

My Gym – May the Fourth be With You!

 

Happy Birthday Israel!

5 May

What a fun, sunny, and busy week with the Chickadees! We started off the week preparing to celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut on Tuesday. The Chickadees watched as Morah Nicola made blue play-dough (because it’s Israel’s favorite color!) and then the Chickadees made their play-dough into cakes for Israel. We sang Happy Birthday in English and in Hebrew a lot this week! We used blue markers, crayons, and stickers to make posters to hold while we marched in the Yom Ha’atzmaut parade. The Chickadees worked hard to make sure the posters were full and beautiful!

To prepare for the parade, the Chickadees practiced marching up and down the EC hallways and holding our posters and flags. Some Chickadees even wore blue ribbons around their heads or bodies! Even though the parade was loud and had lots of big kids, the Chickadees did a great job marching, sticking together, and waving to older siblings. We were so proud of them!

We also made a cake to celebrate Israel’s birthday! The Chickadees watched as Morah Aimee mixed the ingredients together. Each Chickadee got a turn stirring the batter and putting blueberries in. When it was all done baking, we lit the candles and sang Happy Birthday to Israel. Then, the Chickadees enjoyed a piece after lunch!

We enjoyed the sun and took a nature walk on Thursday! We loved seeing so many different kinds of flowers. We saw them, smelled them, and used our gentle touches to feel them. This is also great practice for our upcoming field day!

We were lucky enough to have My Gym two times this week! The Chickadees practiced their balancing a lot this week, as well as taking turns and listening for the music cues.