Sukkah Hop and Simchat Torah

We began the week with our first VPK field trip! Our Sukkah Hop was a bounding success. Thank you so much to all of our parents who volunteered to drive our students. We visited three lovely Sukkot in our neighborhood, and we were treated to delicious snacks. We used our eagle eyes to spot several other sukkahs in the neighborhood as we “hopped” to our destinations. Some were in driveways, and others were on the side or behind the homes.

On Tuesday, we spent some time with Ms. Emily working on our rhythmicity! We do this by walking to the beat of a drum, matching the fast or slow rhythm. We also learned  the musical term rest and used it in a new rhyme.

Afterward, we continued the Sukkot celebration and geared up for Simchat Torah by enjoying our snack in the Goldman Sukkah. We used pretzels and fruit roll ups to create our own Torah scrolls.


Then we spent some time in the garden with Ms. Heather. We first brainstormed what a plant needs to grow: sunlight, water, and nutrients from dirt. Then we used the scientific method to design an experiment. “What would happen to a plant if it got no water? What would happen if it got no light?” We came up with a few hypotheses and set up our experiment table.

Then Ms. Heather gave us a garden mystery to solve. Who took the leaves from our broccoli plant?! We used magnifying glasses to observe clues. We spied bite marks on leaves and decided it was most likely a sneaky squirrel!

Wednesday morning, our question of the day included several unfamiliar words. “What does a Torah scribe use to write the Torah? A quill pen or a paintbrush?” There was a clue on the board to help us figure out the answer. The clue was a real feather with a pointed end. After we figured out the answer to the question of the day, we got to try writing with our very own quill pen, just like a Torah scribe!

Once we completed our quill pen practice, we joined Tzeeporim 2 in the sanctuary to learn why and how we celebrate Simchat Torah. We brought our handmade flags with us and marched with the Torah! Then we heard the story of the Beginning, or Bereshit. 

As the High Holy Days come to a close, we are thankful for the wonderful time we have had celebrating in school with your children. We wish you a year of peace and joy ahead. We are excitedly looking forward to seeing everyone again on Monday!

Ms. Alyse and Ms. Stephanie

Books We Have Read

“Sammy Spider’s First Sukkot” by Sylvia Rouss

“The Very Crowded Sukkah” by Leslie Kimmelman

“Bee” by Britta Teckentrup

“Sammy Spider’s FirstYom Kippur” by Sylvia Rouss

“Talia and the Very Yum Kippur” by Linda Elovitz Marshall

“Sammy Spider’s First Rosh Hashana” by Sylvia Rouss

“Sammy Spider’s New Friend” by Sylvia Rouss

“Bears in the Night” by Stan and Jan Berenstain

“The Hair Book” by Graham Tether

“We Play on a Rainy Day” by Angela Shelf Medearis

“Pete the Cat: A Pet for Pete” By James Dean

“Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses” by Kimberly and James Dean

“Pete the Cat: Too Cool For School” by Kimberly and James Dean

“Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes” by Eric Litwin

“Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons” by Eric Litwin

“Pete the Cat Rocking in my School Shoes” by Eric Litwin

Chag Sameach!

Chag Sameach from Tzeeporim 1! we had a great week preparing for Sukkot. We hope you have already had a chance to do a mitzvah and enjoy sitting or having a meal in a sukkah. Our class visited the Goldman Sukkah where we hung some beautiful decorations and listened to a story from Morah Miriam.

Our letter of the week was F, and during snack, many of us discovered we could make letters and numbers out of pretzels!

This week, Ms. Heather came to our classroom. We created  wildflower seed stars to welcome the Jewish New Year. These went home with the students on Wednesday, so be sure to plant them soon!

Last week, we learned how to weave on a small loom. This week, we continued to use our fine motor skills as we worked on a large loom.

We love painting! During centers, we brought out our easel and put on some classical music. We created some colorful and inspired masterpieces! Some of the paintings became fruit to decorate the sukkah.

Enjoy photos of our free play time! When we play together, we are building empathy for others, learning to work together for a common goal, and feeling proud of our accomplishments!

We are looking forward to another fantastic week! See you Monday!

Ms. Alyse and Ms. Stephanie

The Water Cycle

(From the week of September 11th)

What a joy it was to be back together again after such a long break!

On Thursday we took some time to talk through our perception of Hurricane Irma. Many of us were scared of the loud noises and slept in our parents’ rooms. We couldn’t go outside during the storm so those of us who had power watched movies. Some of us got to have sleepovers with our extended family! Thankfully we all are safe and were able to come back to school.

Our theme during this short week was the water cycle. We read “We Play on a Rainy Day.” Is it safe to play in the rain? Yes, if you have the right gear. Is it safe to play in a hurricane? NO! (we all knew the correct answer to that one). We watched a short video (with a catchy tune!) that helped us understand where rain comes from. You can watch it here

Our Mystery Readers brought 3 books to share! Thank you for spending time reading to us and joining us for Shabbat!

Enjoy some photos from this short week!