Thursday, December 3, 2020

The Story of Chanukah!

This weeks Torah portion is Vayishlach. Yakov heard that Esav was coming and he was worried that Esav would try to hurt him. Yakov davened to Hashem, sent gifts to Esav and divided his camp into two.  He tried a few different solutions to his problem.
After he split his camp, he forgot some Jars and he went back across the river to get them.
We created a magnetic river maze for Yakov to go across.

When Yakov crossed the river, The malach (angel) that protected Esav started to fight with him, and they fought the entire night. When morning came the malach wanted to leave, but Yakov didn't let him go until the malach promised that hew would be successful over Esav, the malach gave yakov a new name- Yisroel. All Jewish people are also called by this name. 
Rochel, Yakovs wife passed away in this weeks parsha, she is buried on the side of the road, after giving birth to Binyamin.
Creating a Kever Rochel (her burial place) out of different shapes. 
We also followed a directed drawing of how to draw a tree.

Our classroom started getting ready for Chanukah this week!
Creating our bulletin board was a lot of fun!
Swirling and twirling the dreidels to make the design!

Making a beautiful golden menorah! Chanukah Art!

Tracing the map of Eretz Yisroel through wax paper to see where the Beis Hamikdash was.

Shmuel shows us what the Kohen wears in the Beis Hamikdash - Hashem's home.
Antiochus would not let the Jewish people come to the Bais Hamikdash, and sent his soldiers to trash it!

Antiochus did not want the jewish people to learn Torah because Hashem wanted it. He wanted the Greek way of life to be the most important! Matisyahu led the Maccabees to fight against the big Greek Army. The Maccabees used Guerilla warfare, they would do surprise sneak attacks and run away.
The Jewish people would learn Torah in caves, and when the greek soldiers would come, they would play dreidel!

Hashem made a miracle and the Jewish people won! They quickly ran to fix the beis hamikdash that the soldiers had trashed. They wanted to light the Menorah, but they couldn't find pure oil.
Finally they found for one day, but it lasted for 8!

We have been filling up our tzedaka box in school! We counted all the money and we will use it to buy something new our school needs. We voted for new shovels!

In Hebrew Capit we are making progress with our kindergarteners! One of the new sounds we learned this week was the "vov" it makes "v" like a violin stick ( we know it's really a ukulele but Morah Davina didn't have a violin :)

                  Our Pre-k group made a graph, and sorted and counted colorful cheerios!                                       

Happy Birthday Morah Rachel! We love you! 
Thank you for helping us learn and grow everyday!

Home sweet home

Chanuka Unit 1

One of our favorite times of the year, is Chanuka! The lessons that the children learn during this holiday lasts a lifetime. Before starting where it all began, in the Beis Hamikdash (Hashem's home) we talked about our own home which has a special place in a young child's heart.

Our friends were quite surprised to find pictures of their own homes on our art table one morning. Menachem expressing all the people he loves so dearly by drawing them on his house.

Driving to our friends homes.

Our homes even made it to the sensory table! Inviting the children to many different areas in the classroom centers where their homes were was a great way to encourage expressing what our home means to us. Ben showing us the big doors he has.

Creating our own version of our home using magnet tiles and a big mirror to see all angles.

Hashem's Home!

Now, it was time to introduce a special home called the Beis Hamikdash. Hashem is everywhere but He wanted a special temple where all the Jewish people could gather and witness Hashem's glory.
We set up a Beis Hamikdash center for the children to get a taste what is was like for the Jews before the Chanuka story and also what it will, G-d willing, be like when Moshiach comes!

This center helped the children learn all about the special jobs the Kohanim (priests) performed in the Beis Hamikdash. Menachem learing how to wash his hands at the Kiyor (wash basin) before lighting the Menorah.

Everyday, the Kohanim would light the gold Menorah using olive oil.

Ben tasting from the Lechem Hapanim (show bread) that stayed yummy and fresh for the Kohanim.

Working together and bringing the Aron which had the two sets of tablets from Har sinai in it.

"Bikkurim" was a special mitzvah the Jewish people visiting the Beis Hamikdash performed. They would bring their first fruits from their orchards and gift it to the Kohanim!

Chana showing us a picture of the Leviim who would use instruments in the Beis Hamikdash to enhance the experience of davening to Hashem. Chana's father is from the Levi tribe and will be part of this group when Moshiach comes!


Menachem, noticed cymbals in the picture and took two golden plates we had in the center and made his own!

Dancing for Moshiach!

What will bring the third Beis Hamikdash? When we all get along!
Each time  we found friends playing together we connected it to the building of the Beis Hamikdash.


Kindergarten November

 We learned how to recognize and write the teen numbers. 

Using white boards to draw out the teen number and find out how many tens and ones are in that number.

'Tic tac teen' was a fun way to practice our numbers.

Jumping to the correct number!

Taking our knowledge and doing independent math worksheets

This month we also learned how to count by 10s. 
Creating a puzzle following the correct sequence of numbers.

Language Arts

Our friends have been making big strides in Capit! Blending sounds and reading words.
Mendel, using a rubber band to help remember how to stretch out a word to hear all the sounds.

Practicing our sight words.

Writing out sentences.

Attached to this weeks newsletter is a CAPIT Data report, showing how your child is progressing in phonics and reading. You will see how many sounds your child is proficient in, and what stage they are at in blending words if they are up to that. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions on understanding the report!