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Passover excitement!


 The Story of Passover has begun in our class. We made Matzah by rolling Play-Doh and making holes with forks. Construction was the theme of the sensory play to learn about when the Jews had to work so hard. We did a touch and feel mystery bag to find all the items needed for the Seder plate and matched them to their spots. We also learned a song about the frogs and Pharaoh, and then got to paint our own frog plates for creative arts. We worked on cognitive skills by counting frogs and placing them on the correct numbered Lilly pads. The drama centre was a matzah bakery where we rolled matzah and flattened it. We worked on fine motor skills while mixing and making coloured sand. We used the sand to make really cool pyramids for creative arts. Everyone really enjoyed the sensory play with shaving cream, sand and animals! For creative arts we carefully sponge painted special bags that we are making for a special Afikoman take home gift for Passover. We used cups in the building centre to try to build pyramid towers and enjoyed piling them up again and again. During circle we sung about the Passover story and loved watching the puppets help tell the story. In the sensory bin we got to practice pouring the 4 cups of grape juice that we need for Passover. We worked on making reflections with the Play-Doh and straws while using our fine motor skills. During circle we sung about working hard and then worked hard to make our own pyramids by building with blocks, shaving cream and sand!






This week we continued learning about Passover. We built pyramids out of wooden blocks and experimented with different methods of how to build them. For creative arts we started painting our Seder plates for Passover, we also did a group finger painting activity. For a science experiment we made our own play-doh and then used our fine  motor skills to put pipe cleaners into straws, and then we made our own creations with the play-doh. We also started learning and singing the 4 questions that we say on Passover! For fine motor we cut square and circle matzah with scissors. For sensory we made bricks with sand, shaving cream, glue, and food colouring. We also did a science experiment where we made dough and compared yeast vs no yeast. We even got to make our own matzah and eat it too! We also made a baby Moshe in a basket and we cut pyramids, and everyone enjoyed our sensory experience where we played with sand and mud. 








Letter R, Rocks!

Nitzanim Class

This week we were learning about everything to do with the letter R. For sensory we had rocks that needed to be cleaned and washed. We also had letters hiding in our rice sensory bin. For cognitive skills we worked on sorting rabbits by colour and incorporated some fine motor skills by picking them up with tongs. The drama centre was a restaurant this week, full of menus, food and customers! We also read a book called rainbow fish and made our own rainbow fish by stamping with celery! We also explored with Ramps and used our science thinking to figure out what rolls and what doesn’t. We sang songs about rain and listened to how rain sounds with the rain stick, and felt how rain feels by getting misted with water. We also helped the “rain” water our plant and made a raindrop umbrella painting. We even painted rocks to make pet rocks and we named them all Rocky! Mat man joined us at circle time and taught us about the letter R and that R is for Rabbit. Everyone got a turn snuggling with our "pet" rabbit. For creative art we glued cotton balls inside a letter R to make a very cute R-rabbit! We also did a very cool science experiment making rainbow balls using baking soda, dish soap, vinegar and food colouring. The kids loved watching the baking soda bubble when we added vinegar! We also focused on rainbow themed activities for the letter R. We rolled rainbow paint around on the table and mixed colours without getting messy. We added rainbow coloured buttons to the car area and drove to dump them in the basket. We also made really cool puffy rainbow paint and got to paint our own rainbows! We worked on our fine gross motor skills by threading rainbow fruit loops on to raw spaghetti. We also painted with red paint using all different kinds of painting tools - qtips, sponges, toilet paper rolls, and foam fishes. 





Perachim Class

This week we learned all about the letter “R”. For sensory we played with slime, and we dyed pasta rainbow colours. The kids got to mix the colours into the pasta which also helped with sensory and fine motor skills. For creative arts, we glued the pasta onto the letter R, and for fine motor the practice everyone practiced writing their names. Our Nursery Restaurant was officially open for service this week and everyone really enjoyed playing in the restaurant for Dramatic play. For sensory we practiced fitting Pom Pom’s through holes in a basket. During circle time we spent time were recognizing and identifying the letters we already know, and our new letter R from this week. We went on a fun trip we had at the Matzah factory, and really enjoyed learning about matzah and loved being a part of making our own matzahs. We learned about the whole process from getting the seeds out of the wheat all the way to baking it themselves! For sensory we were driving cars through shaving cream. For art we painted rocks for the letter R, and started painting something cool for Passover. We also started learning the story of Passover, and did a science experiment on what floats and what sinks. For hand eye coordination and fine motor skills, we threaded string through holes to make a matzah. 




PURIM PARTY and Letter Q

The Nitzanim class had a blast celebrating Purim this week! We made Purim cookies from Play-Doh, and got our shakers ready by filling them with rice. We read a book about Purim and sang lots of silly songs and we got to create our Purim masks and make cool designs by mixing paint around in a salad spinner! We did some Purim baking and made Purim shaped sprinkle cookies. Everyone helped to pour, mix, roll and shape the cookies! We read a Purim story and played a fun Gross motor game acting out and pretending to be different animals. We built mat man and learned about the letter Q and then designed our own Q quilts for our letter books! We used Q-tips to make beautiful paintings. We enjoyed exploring in the sensory bin, looking for jewels. We made some noise with our feet on the bubble wrap carpet and made our own palaces using a variety of shapes! On Purim we ate snack with the Nursery class and watched them put on a puppet show telling us the story of Purim. We showed off our costumes to each other, went on a Purim Parade making lots of noise with our greggers around the school, did a Purim puzzle hunt and a Purim ball toss, filling the hamantashen with lots of different flavoured fillings! 

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The Perachim class continued learning the story of Purim We had picture day and all the kids showed us their best smiles! We made Hamantaschen’s, and did a science experiment to see how chocolate melts. For art we cut circles and triangles which also helped us with our fine motor skills. For cognitive skills, we sorted numbers, did a big puzzle together, and finished our Purim clowns. For creative arts we finished working on our letter “Q”, and for sensory we made slime! To celebrate Purim, both classes joined together for a Purim feast, costume show, Purim parade, and some super fun Purim games!!! We searched the class for Purim puzzle items, and tossed balls through a giant hamentaschen!

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Purim and Saba & Safta celebration!

This week we introduced the class to the very fun holiday of Purim! They searched for gems and jewels hidden in the sensory bin. They made clowns by colouring and adding facial features! We read a book all about Purim and learned about Greggers and hamantashens! We played a fun game making music and then stopping all at once! Our drama centre was a dress up shop with lots of costumes to choose from! We bingo dotted some hamantashens too which was lots of fun as it got pretty loud with all that dabbing! We had fun “shaking” our sillies out with instruments. We also painted tubes for our own shakes and decorated crowns for our Purim celebration. We also built palaces in the block centre and decorated them with big buttons! We LOVED having a special Purim/Shabbat party with our Safta’s and Saba’s at the end of the week, where we made our own hamantashens, sang Shabbat songs, and enjoyed spending time together! ❤️




In the Perachim Class we are continued the letter P, and are still learning the story of Purim. We painted our baskets that we will be using for Mishloach Manot. For drama each child got to dress up and play a part in the Purim story. The students got to dress up, pretend to ride a horse, and paint puppets. They pulled numbers from a hat to find the date that Haman had chosen to destroy the Jews. Rabbi B came and we had a blast. He sang lost of new Purim songs, and the kids really enjoyed them!


P is for Postman and Purim

 This week ass all about letter P in the Nitzanim class. We used Play-Doh to trace the letter P with straws and also pretended that they were candles to enjoy at a Play-Doh party. The sensory bin was filled with pasta and has scoops and bowls. We had all our puzzles out for cognitive development and fine motor skills work. We had a real post office worker come and talk to the kids a bit about how the mail gets to them and what he does. We then worked on making our own post office in our class and painted some pasta for a special project! We used them to make Pasta bracelets and worked on our fine motors skills while trying to thread them on pipe cleaners! We painted with Pom poms, sorted Pom Poms into ice cube trays and worked on fine motor skills with the tongs. We also made Porcupines by painting with forks and also decorated the letter P with pasta for our word books. Mat man came out during circle to help us build the letter P and we also got to play popcorn with our parachute and popped bubbles too!!



This week the Perachim class also focused on the letter “P”. For art we glued purple pasta on the letter P for our letter books. We enjoyed the visit from the Postman and got to see his outfit and ask him questions. We also started learning about about Purim. We started to talk about the story of Purim and the kids are really enjoying it. For art we painted pictures of kings and queens. We also played with pink play-doh for the letter P. The children also put on a puppet show for the letter P, and they practiced writing the letter P in their workbooks.




Owls, Octopuses, Oranges, O MY!

This week was all about the the letter O. We worked on fine motor skills by putting “o” Cheerios on the letter 0. We took a closer look at ‘o’ shaped rocks. Had fun exploring in the ocean themed water bin. During circle we danced like owls, saw how our eyes looked big life owls, and pretended we were in our owl nests. We also made super cute owl handprints for creative arts. We took a closer look at owl feathers and felt their soft texture. We also used our senses to touch, smell and taste oranges and made our own freshly squeezed orange juice which everyone in both classes, LOVED! We worked on fine motor skills by placing buttons on octopuses, and also learned all about octopuses during circle time. We also used scarves to swim like octopuses. We then got to colour, add stickers, and glue to make our very own cute octopuses for creative arts. We finished off the week with some O colour sorting using fruit loops, and sampled some delicious coloured O’s too. We got to paint O’s with balloons and paint. We celebrated Shabbat by dancing with our Torah’s, giving tzedakah, reading mitzvah notes, making soup and of course by enjoying each others company and eating some delicious challah and grape juice! The Perachim class also did a beautiful mitzvah and visited the nursing home.








Celebrating Tu'Bshvat!

This week both classes were very busy learning and celebrating about trees for Tu’Bshvat!

We took a closer look at seeds and used our fine motor skills to put them into the planters. We explored in the water table with scoops, funnels, seeds and branches. We made trees using Play-Doh and sticks. During circle we sang about the different parts of a tree and also went over the steps of how to plant a seed. The drama centre was transformed a garden centre and the kids had a great time using their imagination to water and pick vegetables and fruits from garden. 

We also planted our very own lettuce seeds and can’t wait to see them grow! The sensory table was filled with soil and water (mud) for us to get messy with! We sung happy birthday to the trees in our class and gave them a special heart to show them how much they mean to us. We also built mat man today and saw how to make the letter N. For creative arts we glued on our ‘N’s and left some extra glue to make sparkly stars for the word Night. The Perachim Class also conducted a science experiment with celery and coloured water, and watched as the water travelled up the celery stalks.

We all enjoyed a special Tu’Bshvat Seder, and got to try some new fruits: apricots, dates, figs, raisins and wheat crackers and also got to drink some yummy grape juice to help make it an extra special celebration!







PJ Party and letter M fun!


This week we were focusing on letter M and learning all about “me”. We painted and stamped using marshmallows! The drama centre was a muffin bakery shop for this week. We talked about who is a boy and who is a girl and saw how many boys and girls there are in our class. We also got to trace our whole bodies for a special art project in progress! We traced and coloured in our whole bodies while learning all about “Me”. During circle time we talked about different eye colours and used a mirror to see the colour that we have and also took a closer look at our hair colours! Rabbi Steiner came in as a special guest speaker and showed us the scroll inside the Mezuzah and we got to paint our very own mezuzahs too! We had also had Pyjama day this week and got to help make hot chocolate as a special treat!

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The week we focused on the letter M. We went on a hunt to count how many Mezzuzah’s we have around the school. We painted our own Mezzuzah’s, and made scrolls for inside them. Pyjama day was a hit! We danced, played in our pjs, had hot coco, and did show and share with our stuffed toys. We got moving and grooving with Rabbi B. We also all worked together to make a house in the block centre, we used our imagination to play teacher, and worked on our cognitive skills with lots of puzzles. For creative arts this week, we made a moon with starts and shooting stars.



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Letter L, M and some animal friends!


This week we were learning about winter animals and the letter L. We brought in real snow to mold with our shapers, paint with and scoop up! For sensory play we let our animals have fun in the shaving cream snow. We read a book about winter during circle time and then tried to make our own cotton snowmen. For creative arts we stamped snowmen with our Lego blocks to create a snowball effect. We also learned about how hard it is for the birds to find food in the winter so we worked hard and made them yummy bird feeders! We built mat man together and he showed us how easy it is to make the letter L. We also practiced trying to write the letter L in salt trays. We also made it using our bodies! For creative arts we traced our hands to give our letter L lions some nice looking manes, and glued on some googly eyes! We also made lady bugs for letter L and used our fine motor skills to peel the dots and stick them on!






We started working on the letter “M”this week. We did puzzles for fine motor skills, we worked on our Handwriting without tears, and had an amazing time with Coach Cory!

We have been working on getting dressed with our outdoor clothes all by ourselves and reviewed the steps of getting ready to go outside. For circle time we reviewed the letters we already know, and sang a song about monkeys for the letter M. For creative arts we started making snowflakes. We played a very fun game of musical chairs, the kids were such good sports and Lyam was the winner! We even made macaroni and the kids loved it! 

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Winter Wonderland

We had such a great first day back with all our friends in the Nitzanim class! For creative arts we painted real snow with water colour paints. We also used our hands to create prints for hand painted gloves! We worked on our cognitive thinking by matching coloured “snow balls” in ice cube trays. The drama centre was transformed into a winter wonderland with shovels, snow, snowballs and buckets! We did a couple science experiments with an ice shaped hands and melted the sticks from inside it with warm water and salt. This week we learned about the letter K. We helped to build mat man and coloured and added gems to our K King letter. We practiced writting the letter K in shaving cream with our fingers. We played a fun game trying to guess which cup was hiding a set of keys which was a huge hit. We did lots of gross motor activities, dance freeze, snowball relay race and bubble popping! Morah Leanne also showed us our new Kimochi doll who helped teach us about emotions and how to be kind to our friends.




This week in the Perachim class, we focused on the letter “L”, as well as the season of winter! For art we started making a 3D snowman using puffy paint. We played twister with letters, which got us moving and made reviewing our alphabet super fun! We had a wonderful visit at the seniors home, and enjoyed making music with them there. For creative arts we painted our ladybugs, we made the left “L” and a lollipop. We worked on practicing buttons for fine motor skills. We also did a science experiment and made our own snow, the students loved this! We were also very busy getting ready for Shabbat. We made our challahs, crushed cookies and made our own cookie creation.



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Letters J/K

In the Nitzanim class we learned all about the letter J. We used our imagination in the block area jungle with jungle animals. We worked on fine motor skills with a jungle animal puzzle and in the letter J sand writing trays. We painted jelly fish with bubbly tentacles. We also made jello and a jewelled soup at circle time! We also learned about the Hebrew letter Bet, and got to bingo dab it with different colours.






In the Perachim class we were learning about the letter K. We learned about different words that start with the letter K, koala bear, kangaroo, Morah Karla. For our Shabbat celebration, Delilah was the Ima and Caleb was the Aba. We had a great day playing dress-up, making challahs, show and share, and dancing. We hope you all have a wonderful break and we will see you all in 2018!!!



Chanukah fun is everywhere!

The Nitzanim class had a super fun week of Chanukah activities! We painted our chanukiahs, we made our own latkes out of clay, spun like sivivon, and even got to taste Morah Hana's special latkes! We used magnetic fishing rods and fished for gelt to work on fine motor skills. And also washed the gelt with soapy water.  For creative arts we painted our latkas and bingo dabbed some flowers. We cooked latkas in the dramatic play area and got ready for a yummy meal. During circle we played a game of trying to guess which Chanukah item was in the bag by feeling it with our hands. We painted candles on tin foil using water colour paints for a cool effect. We ate and cooked latkas in the drama centre, built candles in the block centre using cylinders, searched for the channukah treasures in the sand bin and played a fun frying pan latka game! We also learned about the letter J this week with mat man. We painted jellyfish with water colours for our letter J too. We even helped make edible menorahs and by helped, we may have sampled a bit during the process.

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 This week the Perachim class focused on the letter J and continued having fun with Chanukah themed activities in their classroom. They made Jello in honour of letter J, cookies, and even yummy latkas! They started a science experiment with a potato. They built a menorah, and read a book about Chanukah. They also got colourful for creative arts as they coloured coffee filters and then dripped water on to see how the colours would blend together. They made dreidels out of clay, painted their menorahs practiced cutting with scissors, did lots of colouring, and enjoyed show and share and a special Shabbat celebration. 

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Oh Chanukah, oh Chanukah!

The chanukah fun has begun! The Nitzanim class worked on fine motor skills by adding candles to our playdoh chanukiahs. We made beautiful candles rolling paintings. Our drama centre is a chanukah cave where we can secretly play games and study Torah! We learned about the story of chanukah during circle. And for science we made our own special oil lamp! For creative arts we made driedels stamps using blocks and paint. We also did a really neat science activity which was to melt our wax crayons with the hot air from a blow drier. We felt what was feels like and saw the candles get soft and change. This week we also learnedl about the letter I. We worked on fine motor skills and counting by serving ice cream into ice cream bowls. We traced the letter I with ice but it was very cold for many of our little fingers to touch. 

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 In the Perachim class the Chanukah fun! Continued! They played “Hot Potato” which the kids loved. They learned about olives (some kids were brave enough to try the olives). They started making clay menorahs which used both, gross and fine motor skills. For creative arts, they also made shields just like the Maccabees had. Throughout the week, they reviewed the letters that we have learned so far. They also got to paint the menorahs that they made, and also made menorahs out of stamps of our hands. For Shabbat, they made yummy challahs, finishing and had a puppet show with pre- nursery, and of course they enjoyed sharing their mitzvah notes and show and share. 




Letters H and I

This week the Nitzanim class focused on the letter H, and many words that start with the letter such as, hearts, hands, hot, hair and heavy. For creative arts they used bingo dabbers to decorate coffee filter hearts. They had rice in the sensory bin with scoops and hidden foam hearts. The children worked on fine motor skills by using cotton q tips to paint and trace hearts shapes. They used our hands to decorate hands with stickers of hearts and build houses using popsicle sticks and blocks! The salt trays and foam trays encouraged writing of the letter H with using fine motor skills. The drama center was a fun way to imagine as if the children were in a house of their own as well as the house outside! They enjoyed circle time with singing and building the letter H with mat man! They also worked on their fine motor skills by gluing together letter H houses for their alphabet binders!




 This week the Perachim class focused their learning about the letter “I” for the letter of the week, and also continued learning about Channukah. They played an awesome game of pin the candle on the menorah. The children also did a very cool experiment with oil, food colouring, and shaving cream, which everyone really enjoyed! They worked on fine motor and gross motor skills while practicing to wrap gifts, painting pans for their latkes, and by marching like Maccabees outside to the Holy Temple in the playground. For creative arts they cut latkes, and made tin foil frying pans, which turned out very realistic!




Letters G and H and a little bit of Channukah

This week the Nitzanim class focused on the Letter G and made lots of connections to letter G words throughout the week. In honour of the letter G, pretty much our whole classroom was transformed into a garage. The children worked on their fine motor skills by using droppers to pick up and squeeze green water. They made green snakes for creative arts by rolling paint with our bubble wrapped rollers. The Challah they made for Shabbat was even green as they painted them with green coloured egg wash. For creative arts they made giraffe puppets which turned out super cute! For science there were many colour mixing and painting activities to make green. At circle time they talked about gravity and did an experiment with the light scarves and the heavy blocks to understand how it worked. They also made a giraffe with the big blocks and had fun crashing it apart. They learned about two new words that start with the letter G, gum balls and grapes, and used their fine motor skills to peel and stick circle stickers onto gum ball machines. They also got creative and used tubes to stamp a painting of grapes. For math they practiced counting to 10 by dropping “gum ball” marbles into a jar one by one.

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 The Perachim class worked on the letter H this week, and also started learning about Channukah. They coloured the letter H and made a house using the shapes found in the letter.They pretended to be Maccabees and went on a fun hunt for some oil. They played a tug of war game to help teach the children about strength in numbers. The block center was very busy as the children using their fine motor and gross motor skills to make houses and chanuukiahs. They also worked on their fine motor skills by practicing their lacing activities. They had so much fun doing marble paintings for creative arts, and seemed to really learning the story of Chanukah.



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