Week of 11/13

Greetings from Parparim 2!

Our Letter of the week was: “I” so……

I is for Indian: The students were very good at following instructions.

“I” is for  igloo: So many sensory facets to enjoy! Smell, taste, touch, sight.  And what a sight they were!  A sticky mess 🙂

“I” is for ice cream: They are really doing great with their fine motor skills.

Book we read that start with the letter “I”:

I Wanna Iguana by Karen Haufman Orloff, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff, I love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin, I Know an Old Teacher by Anne Bowen, Ice Cream Bear by Jez Alborough, I‘m a little Teapot by Iza Trapani, I like Potatoes by Greg Scelsa, I’m Not Scared by Jonathan Allen, I Love You, Mommy! by Edie Evans, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! by Dr. Suess

We are still finding wonderful Thanksgiving stories. This week we read:  This is the First Thanksgiving Day by Laura Krauss Melmed, A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting.

We are continuing to make Thanksgiving crafts.  It’s amazing how many ways you can make a turkey!  Don’t our little turkeys look cute?  (And the the tissue boxes turned out pretty good too!)

More turkeys!!

More turkeys??!!

In our afternoon library resource the children heard the story Run, Turkey, Run  by Diane Mayr.

In Art the boys and girls were introduced to chalk.  Chalk everywhere!

We had free-play in science and the kids were able to explore the science room at will.

In Gardening the boys and girls were able to harvest their crop of green beans.  Ms. Heather even cooked them up for lunch and some of the kids tried them.  Some thumbs up, some thumbs down.

Also, in gardening, the students investigated trees to see if we could find any bugs and do rub art on the trees with chalk.

Early/closed days:

Yes!  We had two mystery readers this week!

Mystery Reader #1:

Mystery reader #2:

PJ Library: We had a visit from our PJ Library.  The boys and girls heard two stories; Grandma Rose’s Magic by Linda Marshall and Rosie Saves the World by Debbie Herman

Shabbat Shalom, Hey!  Shabbat Shalom Hey! Shabbat Shalom, Shabbat, Shabbat Shalom (insert musical notes here)

The children got to Show & Share their items from home that started with the letter “I”:

“I” is for ice cream

“I” is for ice pack

“I” is for ice cream cone

“I” is for ice cream

“I” is for “I”

So of course we had to have an ice cream party!

Next week is a short week.  The school and Kids Club will be closed Wed, Thursday and Friday.

Have a great weekend!!

Ms. Irit 904-322-3130

Ms. Julia 904-349-1820


Week of 11/6

Hello!!  The holidays are coming!  We are excited for all the opportunities we will have to spend time with family and friends and be thankful for all the love that surrounds us.

Letter of the week this week: H

“H” bubble letters

“H” is for heart

“H” is for House:

‘H’ Books read this week: Happy Thanksgiving Curious George by Cynthia Platt, One Happy Classroom by Charman Simon, Have You Filled Your Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud, A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle, Hamster by Barrie Watts, Hippos are Huge by Jonathan London

We also read a few Thanksgiving books also: A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting, Thank You Thanksgiving by David Milgrim, Franklin’s Thanksgiving by Paulette Bourgeois, Clifford’s Thanksgiving Visit by Norman Bridwell, The Very First Thanksgiving Day by Linda Gowler Greene

In preparation for our Dubow Thanksgiving celebration, we are getting in the mood:

Pumpkin cupcakes!

In our library resource Ms. Karin read a story about pumpkins and then the kids colored pumpkins.

They really have the beat in music:

In our classroom PE we played beach volley ball:

In gardening the boys and girls learned about how seeds travel and Ms. Heather read them The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle and let them plant nasturtium seeds in their homemade pots.

In our science the kids learned about the solar system and the distances of the planets and they built a rocket ship.

In Jewish studies we learned about how Abraham looked for a wife for Isaac.  He sent his servant to look for a girl who made good choices.

Mystery reader was really special this week with two special guests, Sammy and Miss Gecko.

Show & Share; This week our friends shared their “H” items:

Next week we will be sharing items from home that begin with the letter “I” (as in ice cream).  Side note- if your child brings an item that doesn’t start with the letter of the week we can always think of something to say do that will relate.

FYI – we have begun collecting our ingredients for our Thanksgiving feast (corn/mushroom salad) that will be on Nov 21st.  You will be receiving a follow up message from our room-mom.  Please send them in at your earliest convenience.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Ms. Irit 904-322-3130

Ms. Julia 904-349-1820

Week of 10/30

It’s G week!  Nothing special about the letter ‘G’.  We just get excited Monday morning about a new week.  We can’t help ourselves!  The kids glued stars on their bubble letter, The ‘G’ books this week were: A Giraffe and a Half by Shel Silverstein, Green by Laura Seeger, Grandpa Green by Lane Smith, Little Gorilla by Ruth Bornstein, A Garden for a Groundhog by Lorna Balian, Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown.


“G” is for grapes:

“G” is for green:

“G” bubble letters:

We also like to read books about emotions and other matters that small children might relate to.  This week we read: But It’s Not My Fault by Julia Cook, I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont, A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni, Sorry, I Forgot to Ask! by Julia Cook, Making Friends is an Art! by Julia Cook, and When Sophie Gets Angry by Molly Bang.

Also, this week, our focus is about the family.  The students made ‘All About Me’ Houses.  They will be coming home a little later.  We are putting them up on our Shalom board for now.

Of course, we couldn’t let a pumpkin decorating event slip away from us.    We (teacher) cut, we scooped (some of us-others didn’t want to be slimed),  we glued, sprinkled and donned with some fancy sunglasses for a finishing touch.

Free time is always important to develop social skills. They play together so well.

Music with Ms. Emily is always jazzy!

Gardening: The boys and girls learned about the pine-cone life cycle.

Science was a lesson in friction and did they ever have fun with pulleys!

Art was particularly fun this week.  They created art by building a moving machine!

This week we had our teacher conferences.  We love sharing about their progress.  Thank you all for trusting them to us so we can nurture, guide and teach your precious little ones.

Our Mystery Reader charmed us and read several books to the kids:  Germs Are Not for Sharing by Elizabeth Verdick, I’m Not Scared by Jonathan Allen and Where is Baby Dreidel? by Karen Katz.

Here’s a peek at our Shabbat celebration this week:

You can see how much the boys and girls love Show & Share.  They brought a wide variety of “G” items:

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.


Ms. Irit 904-322-3130

Ms. Julia 904-349-1820

Week of 10/23

Our Letter of the Week this time was ‘F’:  The boys and girls had much fun with their bubble letters and gluing feathers,  creating a paper-plate fox, a cupcake paper fish

Show & Share: Next week we will be sharing items from home that start with the letter “G”.

Books we read relating to the letter ‘E’: The Flower Garden by Eve Bunting, Fish is Fish by Leo Lionni, Franklin Goes to School by Paulette Bourgeois, Finding Nemo, Fireflies, Fireflies, Light my Way by Jonathan London, Froggy Gets a Dog by Jonathan London, Five Little Monkeys by Eileen Christelow, Sorry, I Forgot to Ask! by Julia Cook

We had a nice visit from PJ library: The students got hear two stories: Moti the Mitzvah Mouse and A Sick Day for Amos McGee

We are still having fun with fall ideas: They made ‘hand-painted’ trees, and fall colored playdough.

Our Resources: PE – since we don’t have a formal PE resource we provide  in class-bear relay,

At Library -Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming,

In Music they always enjoy guessing the songs Mr. B. plays on his various instruments.

In Art the children made ‘Relief Sculptires’.  Such talent we have!

In Jewish Studies we are continuing to learn about God’s creation with the use of the Torah.

Shabbat is always a treat and so much fun to sing all the songs and praise God for giving us so much!  Today we talked about Abraham and Sarah’s baby.

In Gardening the boys and girls learned about which bugs are good and bad for the garden and they made masks of their favorite bugs.  bugs.

In Science the kids got to experiment with magnets:

Storage tip: We know how much you love the kid’s artwork and creations!  We also know you want to keep everything, but where??  Photographing everything is a good way to keep the memory alive and yet a safe and effective way to store it without having boxes and boxes to find a place for.  Of course, you want to keep some things as originals.  Those you could store in an artists portfolio; the large file folder type with a clasp.  It slips easily in the back of a closet or behind a door or you can fit it between all your other boxes.  The ‘other’ creations you just take a photo of and file in your memorabilia computer file folder.

Mystery Reader: Our mystery read two stories to the eager listeners:

With love,

Irit 904-322-3130

Julia 904-349-1820


Week of 10/16

Hello 5 day week!  You’re back and so are we!

This week we:

Grandparents Breakfast was such a wonderful way to start the week off!  The kids were sooooo excited to see their loved ones and give/get hugs from them.  And there were plenty of extra “grandparents” on hand to give out hugs to the children of the families that couldn’t make it, so not to worry.  They got lots o’ love from everyone!

This week’s theme is a favorite among many.  We talked about God’s creation of the universe.  Each day we did a project based on the 7 days of creation.  The students will be bringing home their very own booklet (if you will) for a keepsake.  In Jewish studies Morah Raquel and Morah Miriam taught a nice lesson showing the kids a Torah with illustrations showing God’s creation and good it was!  They even made an edible Noah’s Ark.  Two thumbs up!!  We also read a book called Who Loves you the Most of All? by PJ Palu.  You can’t have too many reminders of God’s love.  The book came with a CD and the students were enthralled as the pages turned.

Fall is finally here! or should I say Fall is finally near!  Well, we’ll talk about it anyway.  The children did leaf painting, pumpkin painting, made a dried apple string.  We read some stories about fall.

Since we don’t have a afternoon PE resource right now we did PE in class.  The boys and girls enjoyed an obstacle course.  Oh, what fun!

In science the boys and girls learned about buoyancy using the “sink or float” concept.  They were given a choice to keep their boat” so if you see a piece of aluminum foil, you will know it’s special.

In music they are continuing to learn about rhythm.  And in art they learning about abstract lines.

Letter of the week: E finally gets its day in the sun!  It has been waiting very patiently.  The kids did egg painting and built “E’s” with vege straws. They put stickers on two different “E” pages.

The “E” books we read: Polite Elephant by Richard Scarry, Elmo’s Good Manners Game by Catherine Samuel, Everybody’s Best Friend by Larry Brimmer, Excuse Me! by Karen Katz, Emma’s Poem by Linda Glaser, The Chicken and the Egg by Beatrice Ann .  And one of our students brought in Eloise and the Dinosaurs by Kay Thompson.

Next week we will be talking about the letter “F”.  Please send something with your student that starts with letter F for Show&Share on Friday.  Also, if you have any books that start with the letter F we would love to add them to our reading list.  It would be a nice way for the kids to get excited about reading.  You can never have too many reasons to love books!

It’s so rewarding to see the students learn so many skills as they play.

Mystery Reader: We were so happy to have a mystery reader this week!  The boys and girls sure did miss it for last few weeks!

Correction: Last weeks blog said we had early release on Oct 29th for Yom Kippur.  We reserve the right to retract that statement.  I wish I could tell you where that came from, but don’t have a good excuse!  As you all know it was Sept 29th.  Sorry for any confusion. 🙂

As you may know, we have a family tree in our room.  If you have not already done so, please send in a photo of your family

As always, with much love,

Irit Salzman 904-322-3130

Julia Atkins 904-349-1820




Week of 10/9

Hi parents/guardians;

This week we prepared to celebrate Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah. The boys and girls made several crafts relating to the holidays.  They finger-painted flags, made a torah out of water bottles and of course various coloring pages.  Wednesday we took them to the synagogue and sang Torah songs and paraded around with Morah Miriam and Morah Raquel.  Afterwards, back in class, we continued the celebration with more dancing.  You can see the kids really enjoyed themselves.

We decided to continue with the letter ‘D’ this week since it is a short week.  Next week will be a full week and we will be working with the letter ‘E’.  Your child can bring an item that starts with the letter ‘E’ for Show and Share on Friday.

In gardening they learned about what plants need to survive and began an experiment to see how plants would survive without some of the elements.  The students were able to make a hypothesis about the results. Next week we will see the outcome.

As a sensory lesson we had them each taste a lemon to see how it tasted to them.  You can see their reactions in the pics.  So funny!

Open house was a success on Tuesday.  It was so nice to hear so early how we are already helping your children and how much they love us!  Our love for them has no boundaries!  We love each and every one sooooo much and enjoy their wonderful diverse personalities!

Please note – the school will have early noon release on Friday, Oct 29th for Erev Yom Kippur.  Kids Club is available by reservation until 3:00.

We will resume our mystery reader program next week.  If you are scheduled to be our reader on Friday (of next week), we hope you can make it.  The children get really excited.  Mystery reader time is at 9:30.  We hope to see you then!    If you have a conflict and/or need to reschedule, please let us know.

Don’t forget about Grandparents Breakfast this Monday.  The intention of this event is to build connections with our grandparents.  We know how valued you are to your families (and us!).  It will begin at 8:30 in the social hall.  If you have any questions you may contact Dina at dkirshbaum@dubowpreschool.org or 904-292-1241.

Enjoy your weekend!  God’s blessing to you and your families!

Irit 904-322-3130 / Julia 904-349-1820

Week of 10/2

The High Holy Days are upon us!  Last week we observed Yom Kippur and this week it is all about Sukkot!  We have had so much fun preparing our sukkot and enjoying songs.  We taught then about the four symbols of Sukkot; the etrog, lulav, hadas, aravah and the kids created one to bring home.   We read the story Sadie’s Sukkah Breakfast by Jamie Korngold.

In Jewish studies we journeyed to the school sukkah where the children decorated with their homemade lanterns and listened to a story of Sukkot.

In class we watched a movie about Sukkot with Rinat and Yoyo.

The children made placemats they can use in their sukkas year after year.

To add to the excitement this week, we celebrated our first birthday of the school year.  Happy Birthday, birthday girl!!!

In gardening the students made plant markers for our school garden and seed starts to plant at home.

Next week two weeks we will be studying the letter ‘E’.

Remember – the school will be closed this Thursday and Friday.  Kids Club will not be available either.

We look forward to seeing you next week and hearing all about your sukkot celebrations.

Reminder – Our open house is this coming Tuesday, Oct 10th at 7:15.  We are excited for you to see where all the magic happens!


Week of 9/25

Week of 9/25

Happy High Holidays to all!!

This week we talked to the children about Yom Kippur.  In Jewish studies we talked about saying sorry for the bad things we’ve done and forgiving others.  They read a story about Jonah and the Whale.  In class we are also preparing them for Sukkot and we are creating decorations and explaining the meaning of the symbols; lulav (palm branch), etrog (citrus fruit).  They each made individual lanterns, and sukkas.

Our letter of the week was the letter ‘D’.  The children decorated a bubble D picture with stickers, they did Dinosaur painting on the letter ‘D’, and we read the following books: Down by the Bay, Doggies by Sandra Boynton, Dinosaurumpus by Tony Mitton, How do Dinosaurs go to School by Jane Yolen, Dinosaurs Galore by Giles Andreae, ABC Israel by Rachel Raz, Hey Diddle, Diddle by Tomie DePaola, Dodo Gets Married by Petra Mathers, Dilly and the Investigator Club by Joellyn Cicciarelli.

In music the children are learning about rhythm and you would be so impressed how they have improved since the first day!

In science the students learned how to build bridges.  Now it’s our job to teach how not to ‘burn’ them  😉

In gardening they had fun planting seeds.  They were very hands-on and they always love getting dirty!

Next week we are still working on the letter ‘D’ because it is another short week.  The following week we will resume with the letter ‘E’.

Just a reminder – Oct 4th is noon dismissal unless your child is in Kids Club, which is available until 6 p.m.  The school and Kids Club will be closed on Oct 5th and 6th.

Another friendly reminder that Kurt English will be here on Monday to take fall pictures.

Week of 9/18

So here we are with another short week. The good news is that it is because of  a celebration instead of a threatening storm.

And because it is a short one we are continuing to work with the letter C.  They did car painting and stamping.

Also, a focus of attention this week is Rosh Hashanah.  The kids made Shana Tova cards, paper Shofars (because we like to hear the shofar blast; ask your child about the song), sparkly pomagranites, and we gave each child a goody bag to take home to enjoy for the holiday.

We were able to play outside again!  Woo hoo! That made everyone very  happy.  We enjoyed the sunshine and less humidity while the kiddos ran and played and used their outside voices!  They love that!

In science they learned about pollution and how clouds make rain.

In Jewish studies we learned about Tashlich, the Jewish tradition to get rid of the bad things; clearing out for a new start for the new year.  The boys and girls threw leftover food into the pond.

Next week we will be learning about the letter ‘D’.  Your child can bring in something that starts with the letter ‘D’ for show and share.

Remember, the school will be closed this Thursday and Friday to observe Rosh Hashanah.  We wish everyone Shana Tova!  We will see you next year!


Week of 9/11

Short but sweet.  This week, that is!  Short because we only had a 2 day week; but sweet because we are here, God willing!  Don’t you love Him?!  The magnitude of Irma was so large and strong that it could have been devastating to all, but instead we are all so blessed to have minimal damage and be here to talk about it. We continue to pray for those affected by Harvey and now we add our own families, friends and neighbors to the list.  Let’s all continue to work together and show the world our resilience.

We didn’t want to leave the letter ‘C’ out just because we had a short week so we continued as usual.  They made a few ‘C’ worksheets.  We read the stories: Cheep! Cheep! by Sparkle Adventures, A Day With No Crayons by Elizabeth Rusch, Color by Ruth Heller, Corduroy by Don Freeman, ABC Israel by Rachel Raz, Curious George Plants a Seed by Houghton Mifflin Co, One Happy Classroom by Charnan Simon, and Clifford’s Furry Friends by Norman Bridwell.

Next week there will be no show & share since the school is closed Thursday and Friday for Rosh Hashanah.  This week we combined B & C to get the kids caught up from last week.  As always, thanks for sending the items in.  They all love to get up and share their special items brought from home that means so much to them.

This week we did some fun activities with the little time we had.  The kids made water bottle honey pots and decorated paper honey jars.  They also colored a picture of apples dipping in honey.

We talked about hurricane Irma and asked then how they felt about it as well as their favorite part of it.  Always important to stress the positive!

Even though the week was short, we were able to enjoy music time with Ms. Emily.  Isn’t she the lucky one to have her resource on Thursday?!  She didn’t have to miss us too much after all!

This week we had all school Shabbat in the main synagogue.  And we were so lucky to have an ima and two abbas!  How special!!

Our Mystery Reader read Little Quack by Thompson/Anderson and From Head to Toe by by Eric Carle.

So, to sum it up….Quality, not quantity!