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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!!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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PJ Party and letter M fun!

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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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Perachim

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!

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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!

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Perachim

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.

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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.

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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!!!

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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. 

 

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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!

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 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!

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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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