Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Good afternoon Tzeeporim families and friends,

We had a short, but sweet week this week reviewing the letters of the alphabet, working on our number booklet, and completing our final VPK Assessments of the school year.

We have gone through the entire alphabet, so we took time this week to create covers for our ABC books. We used watercolor paints to carefully paint the title of our book and the illustration on the front cover. We added our own names to the front as well because we are the authors of our own ABC books!

Our book of the week was Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. We read it together aloud during story time, and deepened our understanding through various activities throughout the week.

In the story, the letters of the alphabet all fall off of a coconut tree. We used our five senses to experience a real coconut. We discovered that a coconut looks round, it feels rough, it smells like nothing, it sounds like it has water inside of it, and we talked about how it tastes sweet. We each had the chance to hold the coconut and feel how heavy a coconut is as well.

We conducted a science experiment about coconuts as well. Our question was: Do coconuts sink or float? We used our prior knowledge about coconuts to make hypotheses about our question. 6 students thought the coconut was going to float, and 4 students thought the coconut was going to sink. We tested our hypotheses by conducting an experiment. We filled a container with water and put a coconut inside the water to see if it would float. As an emergent writing activity, we drew a picture of the coconut floating in the water and wrote a conclusion sentence that read “The coconut floated.”¬†

We read the book Chicka Chicka 123, about single digit and double digit numbers that race to the top of an apple tree. We compared and contrasted it with Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. We determined that both books have trees, but that in Chicka Chicka Boom Boom the tree was a coconut tree and in Chicka Chicka 123 the tree was an apple tree. Also, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom was about letters and Chicka Chicka 123 was about numbers. There were many others similarities and differences between the two books, but the illustrations were very similar!

We practiced tracing and writing the numbers 1 and 2 for our number book.

We worked a lot both independently and in small groups in centers throughout the week. Our favorite centers are Block Center, Dramatic Play Center, and Writing.

In Jewish Studies, Morah Miriam began teaching us about Yom Ha’Atzmaut, which is Israel’s birthday. We read a book about the holiday called It’s Israel’s Birthday by Ellen Dietrick. We discussed how long the flight on an airplane is to Israel, and all of the wonderful places you can visit there, like Tel Aviv, the Dead Sea, and the Kotel. We also did a kinesthetic learning activity where we found things that were kachol (blue) and lavan (white) around the classroom. We’re excited to wear our blue and white on May 2nd to celebrate Yom Ha’Atzmaut at school!

We enjoyed music and movement activities with Ms. Zina as we continue to prepare for our Tzeeporim Moving Up Ceremony.

One of the most fantastic aspects of our preschool playground is that is it connected to our garden. It gives us a chance to visit the garden anytime we are out on the playground. Parparim and Tzeeporim students enjoyed harvesting some delicious vegetables, fruit, and herbs from the garden this week, and everyone was able to stop by the picnic tables to take a look at the crops.

We enjoyed it immensely when our Mystery Reader stopped by to read a story to our class. He read a book to us about kids helping to prepare a dinner for their mom. What great preparation for Mother’s Day, which is right around the corner! A big thank you to our Mystery Reader!

We welcomed Shabbat with our Tzeeporim and Parparim friends. Morah Miriam and Morah Rachel taught us more about Yom Ha’Atzmaut and even sang a fun song about all of the different people who live in Israel, like firefighters, police officers, and farmers.

We wrapped up the week with a fun celebration of our friend’s 5th birthday. We ate lunch in the classroom. sang “Happy Birthday”, and enjoyed some delicious ice cream.

We hope you all have a restful Shabbat and an enjoyable weekend! We can’t wait to be together again next week to learn so many new things together!

Shabbat Shalom!

Ms. Alicia and Ms. Carolyn