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!