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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



Our first Reggio activity



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 



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



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 

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.



Enjoying the Spring Weather

Dear Parents,

Finally the Spring weather has arrived. We have enjoyed two Spring walks and look forward to spending more time outside. We looked at the trees close to our school and saw buds opening and some little leaves. The grass is green and there are lots of yellow dandelions popping up.

This week for the first time we enjoyed Sport with Coach Zev in the field. We played Soccer and took shots on goal. Morah Claire was the goalie so many children scored goals!  

We are hoping that this will be a regular event so please remember to send a sunhat and apply sunscreen on Monday morning.

Shabbat Shalom

Morah Claire


Family Model Seder


Dear Parents,

Our Model Seders were are huge success thanks to you. The Seders were the culmination of three weeks of preparation. Your children have learned the story of Pesach, what happens at the Seder, and all about the special foods that we eat on Pesach.

Our learning is done in a very hands-on way and the children absorb the message and have fun learning. The children made beautiful crafts for you to use at your Seder. We hope that you will enjoy using them as much as we enjoyed making them.

We wish you a Chag Kasher V'Sameach.

Looking forward to seeing you all after the Pesach break

Morah Claire and Morah Hana.





We are ready for Pesach!

 Dear Parents,

We can't wait to share with you all that we have learned about Pesach. For weeks now we have been learning the Pesach story about Baby Moshe who grew up to save the Jewish people from Egypt. We have made some beautiful crafts such as a Haggadah, a Matzah cover, and an Afikomen Bag that we will be proud to use at the Seder. 

We have also learned about the holiday in a hands-on way; through the trip to the Model Matzah Bakery, making our own bread and matzah to contrast and compare, walking on a balance beam through the Red Sea, and helping Baby Moshe float on the River Nile.

Please bring some Kosher for Passover food for our food drive - let's share with others in our community who are in need.

Shabbat Shalom

Morah Claire and Morah Hana 




Frogs are jumping everywhere!

 Dear Parents,

You may have noticed that our classroom has been taken over by a number of frogs. There are so many frogs in our room that we can't even count them. There are soft cuddly frogs, small jumping frogs, and even some that ribbit! We are having a lot of fun learning about the story of Pesach and we especially like the part when Pharaoh had frogs in his bed. This week we talked about Baby Moshe and how he sailed down the River Nile in a basket. We will continue the story next week along with the letter T.

We have been very busy making items that we will need at our Seder - a Seder plate, an Afikomen bag and a cup for Eliyahu. We are going to be bringing everything home together just before the holiday.

We hope that the children are singing songs and talking about all the things they are learning at school.

Shabbat Shalom

Morah Claire and Morah Rika. 

We are Matzah Bakers!

 Wow! We had a very exciting week.

 On Tuesday we went to the Model Matzah Bakery. They showed us how to make matzah. From grinding the wheat to make flour- adding water to the flour to make dough- then racing upstairs to roll the dough and bake it into matzah. 

Did you know that from start to finish it only takes 18 minutes to make matzah. If it takes any longer it will not be kosher for passover.

It was a great hands-on experience and the matzah tasted delicious. A big thank you to the parents who came with us - we could not have done it with out you.

This week we started to learn the story of Passover it is very interesting. We learned about baby Moshe and the wicked King  Pharaoh. We will continue learning about Pesach next week along with the letter T.

Shabbat Shalom

Morah Hana and Morah Shana 




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