Chag Hanukkah Sameach

Monday we took our Hanukkah Program on the road! We had a mitzvah field trip to River Garden Hebrew Home to visit the seniors at the home.

Tuesday we had our VPK Hanukkah Party! First we heard two stories from Ms Whitney, then we “lit” a hanukiyah together.

We then split off into several groups where we played a few rounds of dreidel, before building our own mini dreidels.  Afterward, we reconvened with our class for a delicious snack of latkes, fruit, a donut hole, and juice.

We then headed back to class for gardening with Ms Heather. We didn’t have to go outside today, because we set up a sweet potato experiment. In teams of 2 or 3, we looked for roots already growing, placed toothpicks in the sides of the potatoes and gave them faces!

On Wednesday we began our author study of Laura Joffe Numeroff. She wrote the If You Give a Moose a Muffin series. We noticed that moose and muffin have the same beginning sound so we played a word game. Each student brainstormed a word that begins with the first letter of their name! Here are some of the words we came up with:

If you give Rena a Rainbow

If you give Eva an Elephant

If you give Paloma a Pencil

If you give  Bradley a Basketball

If you give Richmond a Raccoon

If you give Emma an Egg

If you give Alexa an Apple

On Thursday we worked hard with our rhythm sticks in Ms Emily’s class.

And later our class got a lesson in flight from Ms Heather. We built and tested our own hoop gliders!

On Friday, Rabbi Rosenblum surprised us as our Mystery Reader! Not only is she a recent addition to the synagogue staff, but she is also a family member of one of our classmates! Rabbi Rosenblum continued our author study by reading If You Give a Pig a Pancake, and If You Take a Mouse to School. In the latter story, the mouse does some exercise. Our class was inspired! We used our bodies to do pushups, bridges, jumping jacks and stretches.

Our terrific ema and aba lead us as we welcomed Shabbat together.

And finally, we had a thrilling Show and Tell for the letter T!

Thank you for all you do! We hope you have a wonderful winter break with your families and loved ones. We are looking forward to a great 2018 learning and growing together.

Ms. Alyse and Ms. Stephanie