This week we finished our beautiful Rosh Hashanah plates that will go home with a piece of apple-honey cake and a round challah with raisins. Holidays are special days and we prepare in special ways.
(Skills – repeating AB pattern, strengthening fine-motor skills, painting within the lines.)
We had a great time baking the Apple-Honey Cake! We got to grate apples, help follow the recipe and smell new spices like Allspice, vanilla, cinnamon and cloves. We helped mix the batter and add the indigence. We also visited the Shul (Synagogue) where people come to celebrate the holiday of Rosh Hashanah. There’s even a tent outside because the Shul isn’t big enough for all the people who will be coming for Rosh Hashanah. “Wow, that tent is so huge!”
Highlights for this weeks Center Time include playing with the Rosh Hashanah Memory Matching game, new Alphabet Puzzle and playing Hair Salon.
We also Celebrated the first Birthday in our class and had a guest reader. Happy Birthday friend!!!
We’ve been busy this week learning more about Rosh Hashanah and working on different skill while having fun with the Holiday. During circle time, we learned about AB patterns and how they repeat over and over. We made different patterns together using apples and then all by ourselves. Patterns are fun and you can find them everywhere and make them in many different ways.
Once we were comfortable making patters, we used this new skill to decorate our take-home Rosh Hashanah plates with an apple pattern of our choice. This task required lots of concentration and good fine-motor skills.
We also gave our hands and brains a good workout while rolling, counting and cutting play-doh apples.
During Center Time, we played with Rosh Hashanh trays; sorting and picking apples using tongs, lacing, using stencils to make apple pictures, feeling the Shofar, singing Holiday songs while using instruments and so much more. We even got to hear a real Shofar, it was so loud.
This week we began learning about Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. We spoke a bit about apples and honey because on Rosh Hashanah, we eat sweet foods like apples dipped in honey and round challah with raisins. We even had a tasting on apples and honey. We spoke about how apples grow on trees and they can be red, yellow or green, they’re round and crunchy, the skin is smooth and inside there are seeds. We also described the properties of honey; sweet, sticky, yellow and of course oh so yummy! We also learned about the Shofar, which is made from an animal horn, and on Rosh Hashanah we hear the loud sound of the Shofar to remind us to make good, sweet choices in the new year. Holidays are so much fun!
We practiced painting all the Rosh Hashanah things we spoke about in circle time; apples, shofar and round challah with raisins. We love painting and now that we’re big kids we can paint the things we see. We can choose colors intentionally, paint within lines and free-hand circles. Our little hands can do some amazing things.
And here are a few highlights from Center Time.
We’ve been busy in the Three’s Class and it has been a great beginning to an exciting year. We’ve been exploring our new classroom, practicing new routines and skills, getting to know new friends and reconnecting with old ones. Here are some Highlights from Center Time.
Play-doh is great for working on fine-motor skills and strengthening our hands in preparation for writing skills.
Painting is fun and relaxing, it’s also great for practicing proper pencil grip.
The Kitchen Center is a popular spot. You can find us here making meals, feeding babies, having parties and interacting with friends and having a great time.
Our Classroom is full of interesting things. We’re having a great time exploring everything, figuring out what things are for and how to use them.
Circle Time is fun and interactive. We are big kids now and look how nicely we can sit, listen and learn. We are working on waiting listening when our friends are speaking and waiting for our turn to speak.
We are also getting to know our classroom pet bunny. His name is Thirsty and we will be taking turns feeding him this year. He’s a sweet bunny and loves it when friends pet him
We love books and you can find us in the library reading to friends or having some quiet time with a book.
We are learning how to write our names! We started to practice this skill by tracing our names with dry-erase markers every morning. Wow, that is big kid stuff! School is so much fun!
We really like letters. We like looking at Alphabet books, we like alphabet puzzles, we like painting, stamping, writing and constructing letters. We like spelling our friends’ names and writing our own names. We love all things that have to do with letters, that’s why we decided to make our own alphabet book.
To make the book, we first painted the paper our choice of color. Next, we used precut pieces of construction paper to create our letters. Some letters are made of straight lines and some a curvy and round so we had to make sure we were choosing the correct ones for the letter we were making. Morah helped us glue the letters on the paper. Then we used crayons to color pictures of things that begin with each letter. Look at how focused we are while coloring.
We’ve been signing in everyday since September. First we started by tracing our letters with dry erase markers but now we are writing our names independently on paper each day. Look at our handwriting skills!!!
Snow! Come out, come out and play in the snow! Finally we got some good snow to play in. Childhood is so priceless.
Some Highlights from Center Time.
We had a special visitor come to our class and teach us all about taking care of our teeth.
We have been busy in our class with many different winter crafts and activities. Here we are using our strong muscles on salt dough. We had to roll it to make it flat and use a cookie cutter to shape it into a snowflake. Lastly, we baked them to make them hard and then we painted them white and added glitter to an extra sparkle.
We love snowmen!!! So of course we are making snowmen in all sorts of different ways; painting collaging and just wait til you see the snowmen we are working on for our Art Unit.
We have been learning and practicing how to write our names. Every morning we sign in by tracing our names using a lightbox. Sometimes we trace dotted letters that Morah makes for us and next we will be copying letters to sign in. Wow, we are getting so big and smart.
Highlights from Center Time: