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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.

 

 

Fire Fighter visit and Letters F and G

 This week the Nitzanim class focused on the letter F. They painted with feathers for creative arts and also glued tissue paper onto fish. For science this week they were experimenting with floating and sinking so they tried out rocks and sticks, and foam fish and shells. They worked on fine motor skills by feeding the frogs their yummy pom pom ball food. They had frogs hopping on the numbered tree slice to learn math and counting. They also focused on family, and worked on their fine motor skills by making playdoh family members. At the block center they tried to build homes and houses. They also had a very special Shabbat birthday celebration full of songs, birthday wishes for Aiden and yummy treats!

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 The Perachim class worked on the letter “G” and made very cool gumball machines. They also did a very special experiment and got to see how gasses work. They went on a walk to look for things that are green outside. For creative arts, they made goat masks! They even went to Israel for Shabbat, and got to make their own chocolate chip challahs.

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Both classes had a special visitor this week, Firefighter Amanda taught us all about the sounds of a fire alarm, and what firefighters wear. We got to go into a fire truck and learn about all the buttons, ladders, lights, and hoses. It was a very exciting and engaging experience for everyone!

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All about our 5 Senses

 This week both classes focused on the 5 senses. We explored our eyes/ sight by mixing colours to make binoculars, sorting objects by colour and taking a closer look through magnifying glasses. For our sense of smell/ our noses we smelt different spices and foods, used spices to create artwork, got messy in apple scented shampoo and even painted with tea bags. To explore our ears and the sense of sound, the classrooms go very noisy with instruments, pasta in the sensory bin, magnets and bells, and listening to sounds found outside in nature. In honour of our sense of taste, both classes did a taste test and tried to see if they could tell the difference between salt and sugar. They sure could, and pretty much everyone enjoyed the sugar much more! To explore the sense of touch, we felt smooth, bumpy, rough and soft objects and tried to describe what objects we felt in a mystery box. We also made purple goop, and got to try to pop and paint bubble wrap. We also transformed the drama center into a doctors office to further explore our senses through. On Friday, we welcomed shabbat by talking about how we experience shabbat through all of our 5 senses and we also made our own challah with chocolate chips or sprinkles! 

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Final week of Fall

This week both classes got moving in Sports with Coach Cory, and strengthened their gross motor skills. Rabbi B also brought in his instruments for music class with both classes that everyone really enjoyed! They worked on fine motor skills by using the bingo dabbers, to make dots on dogs (for Letter D) and on fall pictures. Both classes enjoyed the sensory bins this week, which were filled with dry pasta, corn, and even water with leaves. The Parachim class conducted a science experiment to see what happened to an egg shell in water, and what happens to it in Coke. They also started learning about the letter E and made elephant masks by painting paper plates and cutting and gluing. The Nitzanim class learned about fall clothing, naming fall clothing items as they dressed felt dolls with clothing. They also worked on their cognitive skills by matching mittens together and trying them on, just for fun. They learned about the different parts of a tree, and got to assemble and make their own trees, and also paint using tin foil to create a nice affect for the tree leaves. Both classes had beautiful Shabbat celebrations and made their own challah with a special added touch of sprinkles. bingodabber.jpg

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Follow along in our Fall Fun

The fall fun continued this week, and leaves were incorporated into almost all the centres! The Nitzanim class made many beautiful art creations such as leaf prints, gluing felt on squirrels, acorn prints with Duplo lego, and hand print leaves! The sensory bin was a huge hit this week when it was filled with corn, funnels, cardboard tubes, cups and bowls. It was also filled with leaves and hidden acorns that the children looked hard to find. They worked on their cognitive thinking and math skills when we counted and measured how many leaves tall each student was! We also made a leaf man made out of leaves to learn about symmetry and our body parts! Both classes experimented with magnets and magnetic leaves, and everyone was introduced to the letter of the week which was the letter ‘D’. In the Perachim class, a new Hebrew letter was also introduced and taught to the children which was the letter Gimmel. They also worked on their fine motor skills by learning how to cut with scissors properly. For creative arts, they made a marble painting using fall colours, and made magic leaf rubbings! For science they sorted different sized leaves, and created the colour green by mixing blue and yellow together. We had a very busy week, and it was so much fun! IMG_0087.jpg

 

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Fall Fun in our classrooms

 Fall is in the air, and in our classrooms at Gan Chabad! We have had such a wonderful week exploring and learning through fall themed learning centers. We worked on our fine motor and hand eye coordination skills through sorting fall items such as acorns, pine cones, and leaves into egg cartons and ice cube trays. We also made beautiful leaf prints in playdoh and on paper. The science table had many different fall items on it for exploration and examination, including a pumpkin! We also measured how tall we are with leaves which developed our cognitive skills. The sensory bin was filled with leaves, corn, acorns, pines cones as well as scoops, cardboard tubes, and animals and everyone seemed to really enjoy playing there this week. Two large murals were made in the art centres of trees with fall leaves, one of them even included real branches and leaves that the children found outside during a nature walk. The leaves that were found were also used in the math centre to sort and graph how many leaves of each colour were found! Leaves, trucks,tree slices, fall books and forest animals were added to the block centre for imaginary play and to use to build with. We talked about fall clothing and how we need to start dressing warmer for the fall. We also transformed our drama centre into a fall forest with lots of trees, leaves, and fall themed items to help us pretend play in a fall forest of our own!IMG_9748.jpgIMG_9740.jpg

All about Sukkot

 

Sukkot has arrived in our classrooms! Even though we had a shortened week because of the holidays, we had a jam packed 3 days full of Sukkot themed activities. Each class helped to build their very own Sukkah’s which we used for pretend play in the dramatic play centers. We learned through songs and books how a Sukkah is different from a house and how we can see the stars and sky through the S’chach. In our block centers we got to build sukkahs by sticking popsicle sticks into Styrofoam and by balancing cardboard and leaves on top. We used lemons to stamp with, painted our own Etrogs, washed our toys with lemons, and some of us even got to make our own edible Sukkahs. YUMMY! We hope you all enjoy the holidays with your family and look forward to seeing you next week so that we can start celebrating Simchat Torah. sukkah1.jpgsukkahn.jpgstyrofoam2.jpgsukkahmaking.jpg

Mat Man and Tag Bags

 

Learning ABC's through the Mat Man Program

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 Developing Pre-Math Skills with the Tag Bag Program.

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Math and Reggio

 

Learned about measurement and math at the pasta bin

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Our first Reggio activity

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Graduation

Dear Parents,

Wow! We can't believe that the school year is over. Your children have blossomed and grown over the last ten months. We are so grateful that you have entrusted your precious children with us and we have enjoyed spending time with them every day.

At this Graduation time it is a time to reflect over the past year and as we look back it is amazing to remember all the fun activities we have done and all the special memories that they have created.

Wishing you and your families a safe and restful summer.

To the Perachim class Mazel Tov and good luck in JK.

To the Nitzanim Class looking forward to watching you grow in Nursery.

Shabbat Shalom

Morah Claire and Morah Hana 

 

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We love our new outdoor toys

 Dear Parents,

We are having the best time now that the weather is warmer. We are going out everyday to play. Thank you Tom and Lyam Adivi for building our new play house and sand box. We are so looking forward to building sandcastles in the sandbox and using our imaginations in the play house. 

We hope that all our Fathers and Grandfathers enjoyed the special activities and donuts. We love spending special time with you at school.

Shabbat Shalom

Morah Claire and Morah Hana

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Beautiful Butterflies

 

Dear Parents,
 
We watched with wonder at Hashem’s miracles. Imagine a little caterpillar turning into a beautiful butterfly. It was not only the children who have been following the caterpillars progress with eager anticipation - the morahs and parents too. The Pre Nursery children have been practicing a song to sing to the butterflies when we send them out into the wild. We have to wait for warm weather then we will send the butterflies off to find flowers to drink from and leaves to lay eggs on. 
Thank you to all the parents that came in to read books about the lifecycle of the butterfly you really made it a special learning experience.
 
Shabbat Shalom
Morah Claire 
 
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Learning all about Caterpillars and Butterflies

 Dear Parents,

This week we had two special "mystery readers" come to our class and read us stories about Caterpillars and Butterflies. Hazel's daddy came and read us two non-fiction books that were full of interesting facts about the life cycle of butterflies. Our Caterpillars have built themselves a house named a cocoon or pupa. They are changing into a butterfly inside - on the outside they are very still.

We learned two butterfly songs this week and I hope that when our butterflies emerge from their cocoons we will be able to sing to them.

IMG_2290.jpgJonah's mom read us the story of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" and she made us a felt board caterpillar so that the story became interactive. We will be using it often. Thank you.

Last week Levi's mom came to read a story and had a lot of fun, if you would like to volunteer please email Yehudis and make a date we love to have visitors.

Next week we will be learning all about the Holiday of Shavuot and finishing the Alphabet learning all about the letter Z.

Shabbat Shalom

Morah Claire  

An eXciting week in Kitah Perachim

Dear Parents,

We had a great week that involved some really neat crafts! On Monday, we introduced the letter 'X". We learned the following words that start with X including "X-ray and Xylophone."  As part of learning these words, we made X-ray fish for an art project. They look really cool! 
The weather outside is finally getting better and we enjoyed a full hour of outdoor sports! What was even more exciting was that we got to play in our very own playground this week!
The highlight of the week was on Wednesday when we walked to the senior's home. Morah Mia, the music teacher brought a special baby guitar and and we were lucky enough to play with it and sing along to the great songs! We had fun and made the seniors laugh and smile 
We are very excited about Friday's celebration with our Moms to honour Mother's Day. We can't wait to see your happy faces when you see our surprises for you!

Bye for now :)
Morah Chana and The Prachim class
 
 

Our trip to Israel

 

Dear Parents,
We had an amazing trip to Israel. I know that your children enjoyed it and I hope that it is an activity that your child will remember for years to come. 

The children experienced many different places in our Holyland. They saw fish in Eilat and collected shells as a souvenir. They Squeezed oranges and drank fresh orange juice in Jaffa. We floated in the dead sea and shmeered dead sea mud - lovely. We visited the Kotel were we wrote a note to put in the wall and davened to Hashem. 

Then we had a delicious lunch of Israeli food; Pita, Falafel, Hummus, and Israeli Salad. To finish off our trip we celebrated Georgia’s 3rd birthday with cupcakes.

Thank you to our fabulous parent volunteers - we couldn't have done it without you.
Shabbat Shalom

Morah Claire and Morah Hana.

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