Snowy Cityscapes

Hello Tzeeporim families:

Last week, we enjoyed a visit from our Mystery Reader- Elianah’s dad. He read Guess How Much I Love You.

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We have begun investigating emotions, responses and conflict resolution with deeper intent. The goal is to work as a large group to sort out possible scenarios that frequently cause distress. The children know they are to attempt their own solutions first before coming to the teachers for help (unless, of course, it’s an emergency). We do feel inclined to soothe every wounded heart, however, it’s important that we teach the students how to recognize feelings and try to let them go. It’s a life-long practice!

We had a great time exploring in the gallery while there were dozens of works of art by Israeli artists on display. This was a fun and unique experience. We took advantage of being able to ask the children to find specific items and colors throughout the space. The children were very well behaved!

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The students began working on the art auction painting/collage! This is a school-wide auction made by teachers and students together for bidding at the March 1 Purim Festival. Details to come. Since we are creating a cityscape, we are learning about different environments and the things you’d see in a cityscape versus a landscape, for example. We read the book Country Kid, City Kid by Julie Cummins, and we used their painted paper buildings to create a cityscape composition.


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The preschool has embraced a family-style type of dining many mornings each week, during snack time. Teachers prepare either rice, whole wheat pasta or another quinoa to replace the crackers and go along with the fruit we serve. The children enjoy serving themselves from the dish and passing it around.

Today we visited with our VPK buddies in the day school! As a group, we used the iPad app called Pixie to illustrate a tree and label its parts for Tu B’Shevat. They worked as a team to label the Hebrew words and design their own tree. This was a unique experience that they loved!

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In science, we made some colorful eruptions from regular kitchen items! The children mixed vinegar with baking soda and dye and, of course, loved the result.

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This week we experimented with making predictions of how many water drops can rest on the surface of a penny and a dime. The result was different each time, and we discussed that between human error and natural mishaps, science can be a mystery.

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Important dates:

Please note that it’s time again for you to complete the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) forms. They will be sent home on February 2, and due back to us by February 9. This is an important way for us to measure your child’s progress of the last five months in the areas of social/emotional skills, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving skills and others. We appreciate your time and cooperation with this! Thank you.

February 3- 100th day of school!

February 4– Donuts with dad- 8:15-9:00 in our classroom

February 16– No School/No Kids Club-Presidents’ Day