Butterflies are hatching!

Dear Tzeeporim families:

Last week we enjoyed Shabbat with lots of family members!

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What a wonderful week we’ve had!

On Monday we practiced the songs and roles for the Model Seder on Wednesday. The children take pride in knowing their parts and have been working so hard.

We revisited the book Who is the Beast and focused on animal patterns and textures that are very vivid in the illustrations. We talked about repeating patterns. Then the students planned out their drawings and finally created mono print patterns. They enjoyed the steps of first using a roller to paint a rectangle, then they had to clean the edges, draw their patterns with a Q-tip and lay the paper over it. When they rubbed the paper and peeled it off, their surprised faces were priceless. The prints are hanging in our hallway:)

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In art class on Thursday, the children were given earthenware clay to roll into a snail shape. After that, they could create anything they wanted and we ended up playing with the clay for an hour.

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We were visited by a baby box turtle this week, found by Ms. Maryanne. This was a highlight, as we finished a unit on turtles recently:) We talked about reptiles, amphibians, and fish, and the children  liked seeing the little guy swim around in his tank. Later in the week, a student and parent pointed out at least 10 baby ducks living on campus! We went out to see them, but kept our distance, since the mother was on guard.

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In Science Ms. Amanda gave each class a butterfly tent to observe the stages of the insect. The children learned about the egg, larva, pupa and adult butterfly stages, and got to watch the transformations first hand! She even let them touch a caterpillar while it was wrapped in its chrysalis; when it wiggled, they giggled. No matter how many times the students see nature in action, it never gets dull.

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We have been practicing handwriting, sounding out 3 and 4 letter words, and simple addition and subtraction in the classroom, and progress is evident. The children feel proud and inspired when they realize that they understand concepts and see improvement by themselves. We love witnessing the “A-HA!” moment:) We also dance sometimes.

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We went to Hemming Park in downtown Jacksonville on Tuesday and enjoyed a new experience. Some of the children said their favorite parts of the field trip involved riding the bus and eating a snack, but I’m sure they loved the Imagination Playground blocks and listening to the musician, too! We then went into the Main Library to enjoy a short story time with Mrs. Owl. Thanks to all parents and Ms. Shereen who spent the day with us there, captured great photos and helped keep the children safe.

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One of the Park’s missions is to engage families in the outdoor space, so please feel free to visit the Park any day, and take the Skyway for free.

Important dates:

Friday, 4/3- No School– Spring Break Camp by reservation

 Monday, 4/6-Thursday, 4/9 Camp continues

Friday, 4/10 No School/No Camp– Passover observed

Monday, 4/13-School resumes

Tuesday, 4/14- VPK buddy visit

Monday, 4/20- Teacher In-service- No School/No Kids Club