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Welcome to a New Year at Gan Chabad

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The start of the year has been a very busy and exciting time for everyone at Gan Chabad! Everyone enjoyed learning all about Rosh Hashanah, through lots of learning provocations. We had apple sorting and stamping for creative arts, Shofar making and listening as a neat sensory experience and honey comb paintings to help us understand where honey comes from. Everyone really enjoyed music with Morah Deena, she had us dancing like apple trees and moving like Bees! We also enjoyed meeting all the new friends in our classes!

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We also got started on learning all about the letter A. We welcomed mat man into our classes, and built the letter A with him. In the Nitzanim class for fine gross motor we placed popsicles sticks on the letter A. We had a blast with animals and play dough. Our sensory bin was filled with water and letters to make a big alphabet soup!! We.got very creative and glued cotton balls on to an airplane and at circle time, we flew like airplanes and chopped like alligators. We also had the coolest farm in our drama center, complete with an alligator pond!

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In the Perachim Class we focused on the letter A by colouring in pages of Apples and Alligators. We also read a great book all about ants during circle time. We worked our fine motor skills by writing the letter A on our own. For science they enjoyed exploring with magnets to see what is magnetic and what is not. They also used different shapes to make different patterns with.

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Letter review and End of the Year Graduation!!!

This was our final week of preschool at Gan Chabad. We spent the week reviewing and having fun with letters in all of our learning centres! We sorted letters by colour, picked them up and dumped them around using our construction trucks. The water bin also had letters to explore with and scoop up! During circle time we sung ABC and had solo performances from those who volunteered. We also did a really cool painting where we used blue water and saw our names magically appear! We also used Play-Doh to trace and make different letters of the alphabet. We also went on a letter hunt in the pasta filled bin and stuck them to the door to see which letters we found. We decorated our letter books with stickers and enjoyed writing letters in the drama centre. We also enjoyed erasing the letters on the chalkboard with q-tips and named them as we went.

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We ended off the year with a meaningful graduation celebration, themed around “filling our buckets with Mitzvahs”. The pre-nursery class was called upon one by one to put a mitzvah gem in their class bucket as their teachers read mitzvah that they saw them do throughout the year. The Nursery class sang songs that they had been practicing and shared mitzvoth. They also each got a special diploma and hat for graduating Nursery school. We will miss those that are moving on to JK and wish them all the best and encourage them to continue thinking with their hearts, and filling other people’s buckets by doing mitzvahs.

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Transportation and Summer Sports

Nitzanim

This week is all about transportation. Each day we focused on a different mode of transportation. First it was cars and trucks. We got messy and drove our cars through paint to see their tracks. We also used fine motor skills to make our own tissue paper cars. At the block centre we made a car garage and also used ramps to experiment with the cars. The drama centre was an auto repair shop and we used tools to help us fix broken cars. Next it was all about airplanes! In the sensory bin we had the airplanes flying through flour. We also painted tubes to create our own planes. For dramatic play we took turns going inside of our very own airplane and enjoyed when our friends helped to push us around the room. We read a great book called Angela’s airplane and had fun flying all around our room! Another way to travel in the sky was hot air balloons. We had balloons all over the class. We used them to paint with. Used them in the block area and enjoyed throwing them up in the air and to our friends. We also used bingo Dabbers to make our own hot air balloons. During circle we helped a hot air balloon fly around by passing it to our friends and we also played a freeze dance games and tried to keep them up in the air. We did a really fun science experiment with baking soda and vinegar and loved seeing all the bubbles! Lastly it was all about boats. We made boats using Play-Doh and painted our own sailboats with water colour paints. We also enjoyed the sensory bin that was filled with blue shaving cream and boats! We read a book about transportation and sang row row row your boat with our friends. We even experimented to see if boats sink or float and how we can get them to move (with our hands and by blowing with our mouths).

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 Perachim 

This week we have been very busy learning about different sports. We focused on soccer and made a paper mache soccer ball of our own for creative arts. We also practiced our gross motor skills by playing soccer in our class. In the Block Center we built our own arena and had little people playing soccer with little balls. Then we focused on hockey. To work on fine motor skills we cut our own pucks and made our very own hockey sticks! We also talked about the difference between hard and soft balls, and reviewed different kinds of sports that use them. We focused on the shape of a football and made our own handprint touchdown signs for creative arts. We also focused on the sport of fishing and made our own little lakes filled with fish so that we could practice! We also had a very meaningful visit to the old age home to have a combined music class together. 

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Community Helpers and Transportation

Nitzanim

This week we learned about different community helpers and how they help us in the community. We started off with construction workers! We were very busy creating sculptures at the Play-Doh table and building in the block center. We also used rocks to build different letters with. We used popsicle sticks and bricks to help make our own blue prints and then constructed our plans with connecting blocks to make our creations come alive! To learn about the job of a vet, we took notes with our letters on magnetic trays and the drama centre was a vet office full of pets and doctor tools. For circle, we read a book about a vet and then got to help a parrot by gluing him lots of new feathers! Lastly, we learned about police officers and tried to solve a mystery in our drama center. We looked for clues and letters in the sensory bin and collected them with magnets. We also made and baked our own police cars! We all enjoyed music, especially the parachute. For circle, we read a book about police officers. Played a gross motor game of red light green light and then made stop lights of our own for creative arts!

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Perachim

This week was all about different kinds of transportation! We built a long train track in the drama center and enjoyed playing with the trains. For creative arts, we used water colours to paint pictures of trains. During circle time we talked about different kinds of transportation and sang songs about cars and trains. Our drama center was a parking lot where we drove cars on our road mat, and matched numbered cars to numbered parking spaces. Sensory was driving cars through "mud" (mixed beans). We used our fine gross motor skills by cutting out wheels and glueing them on to cars. For circle time we read a story all about construction vehicles, and then played a game of guess which truck is in the middle. For creative art, we made airplanes using popsicle sticks and cotton balls. We also made a chart by writing our names under our favourite vehicle and then had turns acting like a vehicle so our friends could guess what we were!

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Summer Fun!

Nitzanim

Summer fun has filled our classroom!! We practiced fine motor skills with chalk drawings and also glued tissue paper to make our own https://static.xx.fbcdn.net/images/emoji.php/v9/f6d/1/16/2600.png☀️’s! The drama centre was summer ready with towels, an umbrella and lots of ice cream for everyone!! We went outside and enjoyed the beautiful summer-like weather and then had circle time and discussed the different clothes we wear in the summer as well as sung some songs with our https://static.xx.fbcdn.net/images/emoji.php/v9/f6d/1/16/2600.png☀️‘s. We made fans to help us stay cool, and explored in the water table with our handmade boats. Outside we had fun painting the walls and house with water and then cooled down by making our own lemonade and tasting it! We chose flavours for our ice cream craft and painted them and then added sprinkles! We also coloured on car in our class and then gave them a car wash! Sensory bin had shells and boats for exploration and splashing fun! We all enjoyed music with Sylvia and loved the parachute! We continued the car wash fun outside and got our cars looking squeaky clean! We also explored and sorted different types of shells and also made awesome sun catchers for creative arts.

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Perachim

We focused on Summer this week and started with fun under the sea! We painted pictures of sea creatures for a creative arts activity. During circle time, we talked about different animals that live underwater. We also practiced our fine motor skills by lacing strings through animals. We practiced counting when we counted marbles to put in cups. For creative arts, we used bingo dabbers to decorate buckets. We worked on our fine motor skills by peeling stickers and using them to decorate shovels. We also used water colour paints to paint a picture of the ocean. We also enjoyed singing, dancing, and playing instruments in our music class! During circle time, we reviewed the alphabet by playing a game! We had to guess what letter was on our head by listening to the sound the letter makes. At the end of the morning we played outside and used sponges to clean the playhouse. We even made an ice cream cone craft! We used our fine motor skills to decorate our cones with stickers. Then we crumbled tissue paper for ice cream scoops. We made a pretend pool in our drama centre and had fun playing together. For creative arts we painted our boxes blue. Next week we will use them to make aquariums! We also made yummy lemonade! We used our muscles to squeeze the hard lemons!

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The Last letter of the Alphabet....Z

Nitzanim

This week we learned about our final letter of the alphabet!!!! Z! Our sensory bin was filled with rice and zoo animals, and our playdough table was filled with zoo animals as well. We also practiced drawing the letter z in shaving cream. Our block centre was transformed in to a letter Z race track! We officially opened up our GC Zoo in our dramatic centre, complete with a duck pond! We stamped zeros at the creative station and practiced our cognitive counting with zoo animals. The sensory bin was filled with rice, animals and supplies to make zoo enclosures with. We also built mat man and he showed us the letter Z and we found a Zipper on one of our friends and practiced zipping it up and down! We worked on our letters by glueing stripes to our letter Z’s. We also got to get messy and finger pint stripes onto zebras! During circle we read a book about the zoo, counted baby animals and played a fun game where we got to do the actions and sounds of so many different animals.

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Perachim

We learned about the last letter of the alphabet, Z!!! For creative arts, we made zebra masks. We practiced our cutting and cut paper stripes for zebras. We opened a pretend zoo in our classroom and enjoyed playing with the animals. We had lots of fun writing the letter Z in shaving cream for a sensory activity. We also practiced writing Z in our work books. For creative arts, we made stripy black and white paintings with marbles. We also had fun driving in our pretend car to the zoo in our classroom. We also practiced our cutting skills by cutting out zig zags. At the end of the week we enjoyed showing and sharing our Z toys and playing outside.

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Shavout and letter Y

Nitzanim

This week we focused on the upcoming holiday of Shavout and the letter Y. Monday was a Yellow day! The sensory bin had yellow water and yellow water balloons which everyone enjoyed squeezing, splashing and bouncing. We worked on building different coloured towers with our blocks. We also worked on fine motor skills by picking up flower petals with tongs. For circle time we went on a yellow hunt for yellow objects around our room and counted how many we found. We also played a memory game with some of the yellow items. We got ready for the upcoming holiday by planting flowers in Play-Doh. We worked on fine motor skills by colouring and peeling flower stickers to make beautiful crowns! During circle a couple of volunteers helped to tell the story about how Har Sinai was given the Torah and then we danced and celebrated with our mini Torah’s. For creative arts we made our own Har Sinai and decorated flowers for it. We also did lots of Y inspired activities. We tried to weave yarn through the holes in our baskets. We worked on fine motor skills by cutting spaghetti yarn with scissors and knives. A couple of us got messy and helped to make a Yellow yarn bowl. We also glued different coloured yarn to our letter Y’s!

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 Perachim

We had lots of fun painting pictures with yellow puffy paint. During circle time, we talked about different words that start with Y. We also used our bodies to make a Y! We practiced our fine motor skills by threading pipe cleaners through a strainer and enjoyed playing with rice and corn kernels for a sensory activity. For creative arts, we made yellow paintings with yarn and made construction paper yaks. At circle time, we made Ys with blocks and with our bodies! We also practiced writing the letter Y and painted yellow yo-yos. We were busy getting ready for Shavuot! We read a story about Sammy Spider celebrating Shavuot. We added tissue paper flowers to our Har Sinais. We had fun playing with slime for a sensory activity. For creative arts, we decorated Shavuot crowns and painted paper baskets. We decorated our ten commandments crafts and Shavuot baskets. For dramaticplay we took turns pretending to be Har Sinai and talked about how Har Sinai was given the Torah.

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 Both classes also released our butterflies! It was so exciting to see them change from caterpillar’s to butterflies and then to watch them fly away!

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Mother's Day and Letter X

 

Nitzanim Class

This week we focused on all the wonderful things about our moms and also about the letter X.  We made heart stamps using cardboard tubes and paints. We decorated our secret surprise with stickers and worked on our fine motor skills. We helped to give animals a nice soapy bath in the water bin. Made flower bouquets, and did a little bit of finger printing. During circle we read a book about giving mom 5 min of peace (and hopefully quiet) and also did an experiment and listened to the different sounds water could make. We cared for our baby dolls by peeling bandaids and sticking them on to help them feel better. We learned about the letter X and made X’s with sticks and also got to play an xylophone which we all really enjoyed! We also used our X-ray machine to see different bones. We made our own x-ray drawings with chalk and black paper, while some of us worked on our letter X xylophones. We also read a book during circle about Maisy having to get an x-ray at the hospital and then made our own x-ray handprints and Play-Doh x-ray prints with q-tip bones!

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Perachim Class

This week we worked on making something very special for Mother’s Day. For fine gross motor we practiced lacing holes in different animals. We also opened up our flower shop and learned how to buy and sell. We had such a fun time outside, and we had fun getting ready for Mother's Day and Shavuot!! We painted our own Har Sinais and helped make a secret treat for our Mommys! During circle time, we learned about the holiday of Shavuot, and read a story about moms. 

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HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!!!

Caterpillars and Butterflies/ Letter V

 

Nitzanim

This week we were learning all about caterpillars and butterflies! We explored in the sensory bin filled with caterpillars, twigs and grass and used fine motor skills to pick them up and examine them more in bug containers. We also made our own caterpillars by glueing Pom Poms onto popsicle sticks. Our drama centre was a butterfly garden which is very enchanting. We made butterflies by filling bags with loose parts to help make their wings look beautiful. We worked on creating caterpillars by lining up circles and matching them by colour. We also worked on fine motor skills by making caterpillars with Cheerios. We saw how “magic” happens with our symmetrical butterfly paintings. During circle time we learned about the letter V, and talked about volcanos and then did a science experiment to see how they erupt.

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Perachim

This week was all about the letter “V”. We converted our drama center into a vet clinic. Coach Cory came and got us moving! For are we did a letter search and did bingo dabbing on the letter v. we were all very busy being vets. We worked with Velcro to help us with fine motor skills. For art we painted with vegetables. We did a science experiment and made our own volcano. We practiced writing the letter V in our writing without tears books. For art we glued pictures of vegetables on paper. we made 3D paintings with vehicles, and painted the planet Venus.

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Spring has Sprung

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 Spring has sprung, in our classroom at least. We worked on fine motor skills by beading tree buds into real branches. We also used water colour paint to give colour to some pretty flowers. The drama centre was a spring garden, where we were planting and taking care of our plants and flowers. In the block centre we built trees and added large buttons as flowers. During circle we talked about the changes we see on the trees during the spring and named the different parts of the tree. We worked together to build a class spring tree by crumpling tissue paper to make flowers and building a model tree with branches using blocks. Today we used our fine motor skills to crumple tissue paper and glue it onto our flowers. We also enjoyed exploring in our garden sensory bin by scooping up “soil” and finding “worms”. During circle we learned about the diamond shape and went on a diamond hunt around the room. We sung songs about kites and then made kites of our own! We also celebrated spring by dancing and moving with the parachute. We counted flowers and tried to number them in order as we planted them in their row. We also explored how to make rain in the sensory bin using some different tools. During circle we built mat man, and then practiced building the letter T. We then made our own letter T, trees! For science we planted some sage, rosemary, and garlic together and are excited to watch to see for any growth!

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Perachim

 This week we were working on the letter “T”. We opened a fruit and vegetable stand, the kids enjoyed shopping. Coach Cory came and we had a blast. For sensory we played with slime And went digging in the sand box. For drama the kids were cooking in our egg soup in our restaurant. For art we finished our letter T turtles, and made flowers for spring by dropping water onto coffee filters. For art we also made trees with flowers out of tissue paper. During circle time we talked about what insects we see in spring. We had music with Maya as a special surprise, we loved her! For drama we played with our transportation toys, spring flowers, and our kitchen. We counted flower numbers, and made flowers out of shapes.

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Frogs were Jumping Everywhere!

Nitzanim Class 

We were all working hard to get ready for Passover! For creative arts we decorated triangle pyramids with bingo Dabbers and also glued on tissue paper to make special kiddish cups for Eliyahu. For sensory we explored with frogs and gel and got to feel how slimy and slippery they were. We also filled the sensory bin filled with frogs and Lilly pads and ramps! In the block center we built pyramids by adding blocks into our triangle base. The drama centre had baby Moses in his basket, floating in a river filled with fish. We also read a story about Passover and went on an Afikoman hunt. We also worked on building triangles with blocks and following them with our cars. During circle we sang songs to help us understand the story of Passover and also went on a hunt for chametz and tried to scoop it up with a spoon and feather. We used tools to smash paint and pretended to do work like the Jews had to do long ago. We also built mat man all together and were introduced to the letter S. We traced it with our fingers and then used fine motor to peel and stick star stickers onto our letters!

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Prachim Class

This week we started learning the letter “S”, and continued to learn about Passover. We focused on building, and creating our own pyramids. We worked on fine motor skills by cutting tissue paper and glued it on Eliyahu’s cup. We worked on the letter S in our Writing without Tears notebooks. We learned about the 10 punishments and each child got to be one, we put on masks and used our imagination in the dramatic play area.  For art we made snakes, and had a great sensory activity, with frogs jumping in the slime. For science we worked on deciding if each square is Chametz or Matzah! We also got to draw our own pyramids, and fill them in with glue and sand.

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Passover excitement!

Nitzanim

 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!

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 Perachim

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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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! ❤️

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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!

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