Chag Sameach for Simchat Torah!

Good afternoon Tzeeporim families and friends!

We started off the week by introducing our new letter, the letter “L.” We traced the letter L, we determined if we have Ls in our name, and we made Ls out of playdough.

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We created a letter L page for our ABC books. We colored our letter Ls green and turned them lulavim for the holiday of Sukkot.

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We used playdough to sculpt the number 13 and we made thirteen playdough dots on our mats.

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We read lots of stories this week about Sukkot and Simchat Torah, including Sadie’s Sukkah Breakfast by Jamie Korngold and On Sukkot and Simchat Torah by Cathy Goldberg Fishman.

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We did an apple lacing activity to enhance our fine motor skills and hung them up on our sukkah bulletin board as decorations. Our bulletin board was so festive for Sukkot!

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In Jewish Studies, we went on a Sukkah Hop with Morah Rachel and Morah Miriam. We walked to neighboring Etz Chaim Synagogue to visit their sukkah. We enjoyed a story in the sukkah, called Tamar’s Sukkah, and we sang songs, did a movement activity, and enjoyed a snack. Thank you so much to our room mom for joining us and helping to chaperone the classes!

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20161019_103519At the sukkah at our school/synagogue, Morah Rachel and Morah Miriam showed us how to shake the lulav and the etrog. We all took turns smelling the etrog, and holding both the lulav and etrog.

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In our classroom, we used the knowledge we gained from visiting sukkahs and reading books about sukkahs to generate a list of items we would find in a sukkah. Then we created our own sukkah collages.

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In Gardening, with Ms. Amanda, we compared the pumpkin halves we made predictions about last week. The pumpkin we planted in the garden was hollow! It looked like an animal had eaten all of the seeds and pulp inside! The outside of that pumpkin was very hard.

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The pumpkin we left inside had white and black mold growing it in. It was very soft and flexible. We all thought it looked disgusting! We analyzed our predictions and determined that those of us who thought the pumpkin left inside would decompose faster were correct.

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In Music with Ms. Zina, we continued practicing the song “Do Re Mi” from “The Sound of Music.” We are really picking up on the melody well and are able to sing so many of the words.

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On the playground, Ms. Amanda created a fun interactive station for us to make our own scarecrows. We had so much fun filling the scarecrows with hay and looking at our creations.

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In preparation for Simchat Torah, we each made a felt flag and felt Torah. We watched a video clip of people in Tel Aviv celebrating Simchat Torah by dancing with flags and Torahs in a big parade. It looked like so much fun!

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We learned that on Simchat Torah, we finish reading the Torah and then scroll the Torah all the way back to the beginning to start reading it all over again. We also learned that scribes very carefully write each letter in the Torah using a special quill and black ink. We practiced writing with a feather quill too!

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We really enjoyed when our Mystery Reader read us a great book about The Little Mermaid.

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To conclude our week, we celebrated Shabbat with the entire preschool in the main sanctuary. We brought out felt flags and Torahs, and marched around the room in anticipation of Simchat Torah.

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Morah Miriam and Morah Rachel also taught us a great song about dressing the Torah for Simchat Torah.

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We enjoyed learning so much about Sukkot and Simchat Torah last week at school! Just a reminder that the preschool is closed on Monday the 24th and Tuesday the 25th in observance of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah.

Chag Sameach!

Ms. Alicia and Ms. Carolyn