Week of 2/12

Ahhhh… the week of love!  Of course, here at Dubow every week is the week of love and we celebrate each day, the love of God, and we thank you for letting us love your children!!

This week we are learning about the letter “S”.  Books we read include: Caterpillar Spring by Susan Hood, Angelina, Star of the Show by Katharine Holabird, What’s That Sound? by Disney, The Sneetches by Dr. Suess, You Are (Not) Small by Anna Kang, Two for Stew by Laura Numeroff, What Sisters Do Best by Laura Numeroff, A Perfectly Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnell, Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle, The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle,  While You Were Sleeping by John Butler.

Our “S” project was a work in progress:

“S” is for Sea:

“S” is for Sand:

“S” is for Sailboat:

“S” is for Sun:

Wait for it………..

“S” is for Summer!:

“S” is for Soup:

Music with Ms. Emily : The kids are improving fine motor skills using sticks while make making music (which also helps in their writing skills):

PE was soccer time!:

In Gardening the students planted a spring harvest of corn:

In Library the boys and girls heard I’ll Teach My Dog 100 Words by Michael Frith :

They had a ‘monster’ of a time in Art. They brought the clay monsters home but most didn’t get into their backpacks looking like their original creation: 🙂

Freeze dance with Mr. B. and his box drum:

Early/closed days: Monday, February 19th is Presidents’ Day.  The school and Kids Club will be closed.

Our Mystery Reader read Caps For Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina:


Show & Share with the letter “S”:

We had a very nice addition to our week.  We got to attend a Shining Stars performance.  Three of our own from our class were starts of the show!  If you weren’t able to attend the show, enjoy the attached video.

We sent home a flyer about Shalach Manot boxes with your child on Monday.  Please see attached if you need to peek at it again:

Speaking of Shalach Manot, we are collecting items to give to the boys and girls in Parparim 2 as a their very own.  You should have received an email from our room Mom with an assignment of which item to send in.  Please send it in by Feb 23rd.

Some other upcoming events:

Picture Day is coming.  Parparim picture day is Wed, Feb 21st.  March 1st is Purim!!  We will be going on a field trip to Rivergarden as part of our celebration.  Your child can dress up in a costume.  We are departing at 9:30.  We need drivers if you are available.  March 2nd is Shobee Dobee Shabbat.  Our children will be on stage so please have them in their “Shabbat best”.   March 6th – Diamond D Ranch.  March 26th – Model Seder at 11:00.  March 29th – Teacher In-Service Day.  The preschool and Kids Club will be closed.   March 30th – Passover.  The preschool and Kids Club will be closed.

Getting ready for Purim:

Making bean bags for our Bean Bag Toss booth at the Purim Carnival.  (Bringing Home Ec back to school):

We also got to celebrate a birthday!  Happy Birthday 4 year old!!

You might be hearing about the 10 Commandments from you child.  All year we have been talking about who made the rules for the whole world and why.  (To learn how to love each other and to make good choices).  In January we started concentrating on 1 per week.  So far they learned 1-5.  Next week we will teach them Commandment #6.


Irit 904-322-3130 isalzman@dubowpreschool.org

Julia 904-349-1820 jatkins@dubowpreschool.org



Week of 2/5

Happy February!  Can you believe January has come and gone already?  If you haven’t keep up with your New Year’s resolutions,  not to worry.  Just remember…it’s never too late to make positive changes!  Every new day is a new     day 🙂

This weeks activities included learning about the letter “R”.

“R” is for Rainbow:

“R” is for Rice:

“R” is for Rooster:

“R” is for Road:

“R” is for Rainbow milk:

Don’t worry, they’re not drinking it!  They are blowing rainbow bubbles.

“R” is for Robot:

“R” is for Race Cars:

Books we read with the letter”R”:

A Bath for Rags by Mary Beth Spann, Red Riding Hood retold by James Marshall, The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister, Rachel’s Rocket by Ann Tracy, Rooster’s Off to See the World by Eric Carle,  My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann, Roller Coaster by Marla Frazee.

In ‘Circle Time’ the boys and girls are learning the ABC’s:

In Jewish Studies the students were introduced to Purim and are preparing for the Scoobie-Doobie Shabbat on March 2nd.

In Music, with Ms. Emily, the kids made sweet music with eggs, scarves, and sticks:

Mr. B. introduces them to the Melodica:

In Gardening the children reaped what they sowed.  Did everyone enjoy the carrots?

In Library the boys and girls heard Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and The Pigeon Finds a Hotdog! by Mo Williems:

In Art the students created stamp art:

In PE the children did some yoga to the  “I’m Going on a Bear Hunt” story.  And check out those stickers for good work:

Our Mystery Reader read Little Red Riding Hood by Dubravka Kolanovie and A Rainbow of My Own by Don Freeman:

Show & Share with the letter “R”:

Rings and Rabbits:

Rainbow rocks:



“R” book:

Rainbow Dash:

See attached flyer for a fun night of science.  Don’t miss it!

Early/closed days: On February 19th we will be celebrating Presidents Day.  The preschool and Kids Club will be closed in observance of.

A couple events coming up we want to keep you in the loop of: March 1st – Rivergarden.  We are departing at 9:30.  We need drivers if you are available.  March 2nd – Shobee Dobee Shabbat.  March 6th – Diamond D Ranch.  March 26th – Model Seder at 11:00.  March 29th – Teacher In-Service Day.  The preschool and Kids Club will be closed.   March 30th – Passover.  The preschool and Kids Club will be closed.


Irit 904-322-3130 isalzman@dubowpreschool.org

Julia 904-349-1820 jatkins@dubowpreschool.org


Week of 1/29


This week our themes were Tu B”Shevat and the letter “Q”.

Practicing writing the letter “Q”:

Q-Tip art:

“Q” is for Quilt:

“Q” is for Queen:


“Q” Books read: My “Q” Book by Jane Belk Mancure, The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! by Carmen Agra Deedy, If I Were Queen of the World by Fred Hiatt, Thump, Quac, Moo by Doreen Cronin, Quick, Quack, Quick! by Marsha Arnold, The Quilt by Ann Jones, Quack-Quack by Frederic Stehr, Quick, Little Monkey by Sarah Thompson, Never Too Quiet by Barbara Diamond Goldin.

Jewish Studies concentrated on the celebration of the Trees’ Birthday Tu B”Shevat:  They used a pretzel and Fruit Gems to create trees:

Our little ones made planters to in honor of Tu B’Shevat:

In Library the students heard the story A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry in preparation for Tu B’Shevat:

In Gardening the boys and girls got to get a close up look at how the vines “stick” to the trellis net:

In Science the children created structure from building materials:

This week Art was about robots!:

Show & Share:

“Q” is for Queen:

“Q” is for Quilt and Queen:

“Q” is for Quill:

“Q” is for Quarter and Q-Tip:

“Q” is for Quarter:

“Q” is for Quail:

Next week we will be working on the letter R.  Please send something in that starts with the letter R for Show&Share.

Or Mystery Reader read the boys and girls Wheels on the Bus by Sylvie Kantorowitz Wickstrom and Good Night Maine by Adam Gamble.

Shabbat Shalom:

This week the kids got to enjoy a very special birthday party!  Dubow’s 75th birthday!


Irit 904-322-3130


Julia 904-349-1820


Week of 1/22

As we all are saddened that our Jaguars did not make it to the Superbowl, we are so proud of the way they played!  There’s always next year!

This week was Snow Week!  We enjoyed many related crafts and activities:

Mittens to warm us:

Do you want to build a snowman?:

Hot Cocoa time!:

Snow Day fun!:

PJ party!!/Fashion Show:

Our upcoming holiday is Tu B’Shevat and the boys and girls are getting excited!  So in honor of it we made green playdough so we would remember to appreciate the birthday of the trees:

Tu B’Shevat trees:

Jewish Studies was all about the introduction to Tu B’Shevat:

This week our letter was “P” and we created some fun crafts beginning with “P”.

“P” is for Popcorn:

“P” is for Pancakes:

“P” is for Peacock:

“P” is for Pete the Cat:

Books read this week:

If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff, Princess Pearl by Nicki Weiss, The Perfect Pet by Margie Palantini, The Princess and the Pig by Jonathan Emmett, Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester, The Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo Willems, Pete’s A Pizza by William Steig, Peabody by Rosemary Wells, Pigsty by Mark Teague, Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes.

The students have discovered a fun group project.  They have really taken to building with the blocks.  It is so fun to see how well they work together:

In our library resource the children heard The Snowy Day by Ezra Keats, keeping in line with our snow week and winter theme.

In art the boys and girls made paper sculptures:

Science was a day of exploration:

The kids enjoyed their first day with Ms. Whitney in PE:

Music with Mr. B:

Shabbat Shalom!:

Show & Share:

“P” is for Pickle

“P” is for Pretzel, Palace and Pencil:

“P” is for Poppy ;

“P” is for Purse and Ponies:

“P” is for Pony and Penguin:

“P” is for Pony:

Our Mystery Reader read the children: Happy Birthday Biscuit! by Alyssa Satin Capuilli and Penguin and Pinecone by Salina Yoon.  And because Biscuit was a dog we also had a visit from Chucky (the dog):

Early/closed days: This Monday, January 29th is a teacher in-service day.  The school and Kids Club will be closed.


Irit 904-322-3139 isalzman@dubowpreschool.org

Julia 904-349-1820 jatkins@dubowpreschool.org

Week of 1/15/18

Hi all!  We’ve enjoyed a short week after reflecting on the dream of a peaceful world where we all live in harmony and we pray we can keep the dream alive through the teachings and nurturing of our teachers and leaders.

Snow/winter theme continues with anticipation of our Dubow Snow Week next week:

Enjoying some cocoa:

Winter Art:

Snowman in the making:

Snowmen complete:

Letter of the week:  Meet “O”:

“O” is for Orange:

“O” is for Oats:

“O” is for Owl:

Books we read that have the letter “O”:

Olivia Owl’s Opposites by Maurice Pledger, My “O” Book by Jane Belk Mancure, Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae, Owl Babies by Martin Waddell, On Top of Spaghetti by Paul Brett Johnson, Paddington’s Opposites by Michael Bond, Rolie Polie Olie by William Joyce, Olivia by Ian Falconer, Over in the Ocean by Marianne Berkes, Osceola by Joanne Oppenheim.

In science the boys an girls were still exploring texture and seeing the fruits of their labor with a harvest of some vegetables that survived the cold snap:

The kids enjoyed creating trees in preparation for Tu B’Shevat in Art class:

Early/closed days: Teacher In-Service Day on 1/29.  School and Kids Club will be closed.

Our Mystery Reader read Rattletrap Car by Phyllis Root and Oinks by Margie Pelatini:

Show & Sharing with the letter “O”:

In light if the new year and new beginnings please feel free to let us know if you would like to see ‘more of’ or ‘less of’ something in the blog.  We want to communicate with you as effectively as possible and we welcome your input!

Shabbat fun!

Jags spirit is high!  Go Jags!  We are so proud of you!

Building dreams:

With much love,

Irit Salzman 904-322-3130

Julia Atkins 904-349-1820


Week of 1/8

Welcome back!!!  Here we are in a new year with new possibilities and new hope!

We enjoyed hearing the kids’ stories about their winter break.  This week discussed winter and all the fun activities that go with it.

Making snow for our theme table (with soap).  They enjoyed the touch sensation and our classroom smelled very clean all the way down the hall!

Making it snow (and the snow plow cleaned it up):

Making snowmen:

Making and enjoying cocoa:

The letter of the week was “N”.  The “N” books we read included: Nemo Best Dad in the Sea by Amy Tyler, Nuts to You! by Lois Ehlert, Nemo Fish School by Seymour Mackerel, The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwatrz, Finding Nemo by Disney Pixar, The Napping House by Audrey Wood, No Puppies Today! by Joanna Cole, Noisy Nico by Macillan & McGraw Hill.

“N” is for Nest:

“N” is for night:

PE: We have been doing PE in our classroom to fill the void until we had the position filled but  we are happy to announce that we will have a regularly scheduled PE resource beginning next week!

In our afternoon library resource the children Miss Karin read the children the story Little Excavator by Anna Dewdney then they colored a picture of same:

Movin’ and Groovin’ with Mr. B:

In art, with Miss Gutterman, the students painted their previously created pieces:

In Science the children learned about texture:

Shabbat:  We had a nice turnout for the school wide Shabbat this week:

When it’s raining…exercising like animals and “Frozen” yoga:

Showing and Sharing with the letter “N”:

“N” is for Nickel

“N” is for Nickel

“N” is for Nightgown

“N” is for Necklace

“N” is for Numbers

“N” is for Nicole

Early/closed days: Next Monday, Jan 15th is Martin Luther Day.   The preschool, day school and Kids Club will be closed in observance and reflection of this important day in history.

The boys and girls heard two stories with the Mystery Reader this week: One Fish Two Fish by Dr Suess and The Mystery Bear by A Purim Story.

As a reminder – your child brought a book home to enjoy for the winter break.  If you have not returned it, please do so at your earliest convenience.

A little help from our friends:  One of our ballerinas has misplaced her tights.  If anyone has acquired an extra pair they might be hers.  Please send them in with your child.

Thank you all for all you do!  We appreciate you and we look forward to collaborating with you this year!


Irit 904-322-3130

Julia 904-349-1820

Week of 12/18

We have enjoyed our last week before the winter break and look forward to more fun next time.

This week we worked on the letter “M”.

“M” is for Minions:

“M” is for Marshmallow:

“M” is for Mask:

“M” is for Macaroni: Mixing Macaroni.  Making a Mess with Macaroni!

Practicing the letter “M”:

“M” books we read: Martha Gives Advice by Dan T Cathy,  Just Like Me by Barbara J Neasi, Maisy’s Pool by Lucy Cousins, Five Little Monkeys by Eileen Christelow, I Love You Mommy! by Edie Evans, Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, One Little Monkey by Stephanie Calmenson, A Mezuzah on the Door by Amy Metzer, One Monkey Too Many by Jackie French Koller, A Mountain of Blintzes by Barbara Diamond Goldin, It’s a Mitzvah by Liz Suneby, Me Too! by Mercer Mayer, Max’s Toys by Rosemary Wells, The Magic Stick by Barbara Shook Hazen.

Practice makes perfect!:


Jewish Studies: This week the boys and girls said Shalom (goodbye) to Hanukkah and talked about healthy ways to enjoy the winter break.

In gardening they talked about root vegetables and made sweet potato heads to put in water to grow slips for spring garden planting. The students also did an art project to demonstrate that root vegetables grow under the ground.

In science the children learned about the 4 forces of flight:

Library: We did not have a library resource this week, but we had a story time of own in class and read a couple “M” books.

In Art the students made sculpture with a myriad of items.  Wait until you see the finished products!

Mystery Reader: This week the boys and girls got to hear tw books by an Abba!  Don’t Push the Button! by Bill Cotter and Five Little Monkeys Wash the Car by Eileen Christelow.

OK – just one last Hanukkah craft:

Shabbat Shalom:

Show and Share:

“M” is for Mango

“M” is for Minnie Mouse and Mermaid:

“M” is for Moom (that glows in the dark!)

“M” is for Money:

“M” is for a firetruck that has saved many people!

Early/closed days: This week began the winter break with Friday noon dismissal.  The school and Kids Club is closed Dec 25th.  The school is closed Dec 26-Jan 5, and Kids Club is available by reservation.

So we say goodbye to 2017 and welcome in 2018. We look forward to nurturing and teaching your children in the new year!

Thank you to all for the cash gift via the PTA!  We appreciate it so much!  It reminds us to always be the spirit of giving and we hope you know that we give our hearts to these precious ones each and every day and we love to see their hearts grow in love as they learn!

See (some of you) next year!

Love, as always…

Irit 904-322-3130

Julia 904-339-1820




Week of 12/4

Can you believe it’s December already?!  Hanukkah will be here soon and the boys and girls are getting excited!   We have been practicing for the Preschool Hanukkah celebration next week on December 13th at 6:00 p.pm. in the Fletcher-Selber Auditorium.

We continue to read stories of Hanukkah: Rainbow Candles by Myra Shostak, I Have a Little Dreidel by Maxie Baum, Chanukah Lights by Judith Moffatt, I Love Hanukkah by Marilyn Hirsh, Honeyky Hanaukkah by Woody Guthrie.

In class we are still working on holiday decorations and teaching the students about the symbols.

Making handprint menorah placemats:

Placemat photos not seen here.  It’s a surprise!!!

Painting tile menorahs: Finished product also a surprise!

Making latkes:

This week is letter “K”.  “K” is for kite:

“K” is for king:

“K” is for kiss:

Books we read with the letter “K”: The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, Koala Lou by Mem Fox, Kitten’s First Moon by Kevin Henkes, What do you do with a Kangaroo? by Mercer Mayer, A Kiss for Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik, Does a Kangaroo have a Mother too? by Eric Carle.


In Music the boys and girls are practicing their Hanukkah songs as well as the usual fun Ms. Emily supplies:

Fun with Mr. B:

Jewish Studies: Practice makes perfect!  Rehearsing for the Preschool Hanukkah celebration.

PE: Our ‘in-class’ PE was a group favorite.  The kids did an obstacle course.  They learned how to take turns and follow multiple directions and boy did they have fun!

In Science the children made breadsticks with the herbs they grew!  Lunch was a special treat that day!

We had another special visit with Clifford while we were at the book fair:

Art: The students made portraits.  What interesting self images!

Our Mystery Reader read the students two stories this week: A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni , a great book about the value of friendship and Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell about a child looking for the right pet.

Show & Share:

“K” is for K book, Kershaw, and keys

“K” is for Kangaroo:

“K” is for Kitty:

“K” is for keys:

“K” is for Kiwi:

“K” is for Kangaroo and Kitty:

Shabbat Shalom… to you and you and you!!

Our class Hanukkah celebration will be held on Thursday, December 14th from 11 – 12:30.  If you haven’t already, please send $5 in with your child to help cover some of the expenses.

In light of the Hanukkah celebration we are delighted to give your child a small gift for each of the eight days of Hanukkah.  After all… they are a gift to us every day.

Just a heads up that Friday, December 22nd is noon dismissal, however, we are open until 5:00 p.m. for extended day students.

We are missing the Shabbat book that was sent home last week.  If you find it at home please send it in with your child on Monday.

As always, with love…

Irit 904-322-3130

Julia 904-349-1820


Week of 11/27

We hope you all had a family and friend fun-filled Thanksgiving!  We all have so much to be thankful for.  It is the holiday that we all celebrate together regardless of religion.  What a beautiful tradition!  In the morning circle the boys and girls stood and talked about the special time they spent, the family and friends they shared it with, and all the fun that was had.  We heard some really fabulous stories!  And now…Hanukah is coming!!  We are really gearing up for the holiday with so many fun projects and songs:

Here the boys and girls are decorating paper dreidels:

We also did a group project finger-painting a large poster board that somehow turned into a very large dreidel!

And how can we not have a spinning dreidel that lights up!

Also, in prep for Hanukah we read several stories:  Light the Lights! by Margaret Moorman, A Horse for Hahukkah by Myriam Haberstam, Light the Menorah by Jannie Ho, Melly’s Menorah by Amye Rosenberg, Biscuit’s Hannakuah by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, What is Hannukah by Harriet Ziefert, Nonna’s Hannukah Surprise by Karen Fisman.

The boys and girls got to see a shamash candle and describe what they saw.  We found out that a flame has many colors!

Letter of the week this week is “J”.  The children made Jellyfish, and decorated their sticker bubble J, we even made jello and the kids got to eat it but also put their hands in for some very squishy fun!  They really got a lesson on the senses with this one!

“J” is for Jellyfish!!

Of course we had to do a “jewel” of a project:

“J” is for Jet:

“J” is for Juice:

Books read: Jack and the Beanstalk by Paul Galdone, No Jumping on the Bed by Tedd Arnold, Journey by Aaron Becker, Norma Jean,  Jumping Bean by Joanna Cole, Just Me and my Dad by Mercer Mayer, Just me and my Mom by Mercer Mayer, Just a Little Sick by Mercer Mayer, Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw, Just Like Daddy by Frank Asch, Julius the Baby of the World by Kevin Henkes, Jumping Jenny by Ellen Bari.


In Jewish studies Morah Rachel told the story of Chanukah and talked about some of the symbols: Dreidel, Menorah.  And the children played a dreidel game.

For classroom PE we challenged the kids to a balancing game to sharpen their gross motor skills.

On our afternoon Library resource Ms. Karin read the boys and girls a story about hibernation called Over and Under the Snow and the kids got to try the new big beanbag chair! Ms. Karin demonstrated!

In Science Ms. Heather talked to the children about the planets and what type of transportation the astronauts used on Mars:

Each one made their very own Rover.  Such creative minds!

In gardening they learned about solids vs.  liquids:

In music Ms. Emily is helping them to get in rhythm:

In art Ms. Gutterman taught the boys and girls how to elevate the crayon designs through markers in the form of dreidels:

We had a special visit from a big red dog….you know who it is…

Your are cordially invited to our preschool Hanukkah performance on Wednesday, December 13th at 6:00 p.m. in the Fletcher-Selber auditorium.   Please dress your child in blue (kachole) pants and white (lavan) top.  We can’t wait to delight you with our beautiful voices.

We enjoyed this week’s Mystery Reader:

Show & Share:

J is for Jaguar

J is for Journal

J is for Jewelry

J is for Juice

J is for Jack-in-the-Box

J is for Jet

Shabbat is enjoyed by all!


Enjoy this beautiful Jacksonville weather this weekend!

With love….

Irit 904-322-3130

Julia 904-349-1820


Week of 11/20

Not much of a week, quantity speaking, but a big week quality speaking!

We suspended our letter of the week because we had much to do to prepare for our fun-filled Thanksgiving celebration!  Next we will be working with the letter “J”.  Your child can bring an item from home that begins with the letter “J”.

Books read this short week: Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney,  Groovy Joe’s Ice Cream and Dinosaurs by Eric Litwin. In Library Ms. Karin read Bedtime for Bear.

Getting ready for our Thanksgiving Feast!

A preempt fashion show in their fabulous ensembles before the real thing!

And now we celebrate! So much to be thankful for!  The boys and girl did such a good job!

Look at our little pilgrims!!

We celebrated another birthday!  Happy birthday princess!

We will have a full week next week!  There will be lots o’ learning to report!!

Mystery Reader and Show & Share will resume next week as usual.

Have a safe, happy, peaceful, fun-filled day with family and friends!!

With much love……

Irit 904-322-3130

Julia 904-349-1820