Happy Thanksgiving!

Good evening Tzeeporim families and friends!

Last week, we began preparing for Thanksgiving and continued with our regular rituals and routines. Each day, we enjoy getting to find out our daily jobs, and we look forward to leading our line, holding the flag, and especially getting the chance to be the calendar helper.

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We played in literacy centers. We explored spelling our vocabulary words, building in block center, and negotiating pretend roles in the dramatic play center.

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We read books about Thanksgiving, including One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims and Feast for 10. We did an emergent writing activity in which students brainstormed food items they would bring to a feast.


Students then drew pictures of the food they would bring to a feast in their journals. They practiced labeling their drawings and worked with Ms. Alicia and Ms. Carolyn to write a sentence about the food.

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Everyone had the opportunity to share their drawing and sentence with the class.

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Ms. Carolyn and Ms. Amanda worked with students on a second emergent writing activity later in the week. Students drew about something or someone they were thankful for in their journals, and dictated sentences about their drawings.

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We did some Thanksgiving coloring, and created Thanksgiving crafts.

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We made our turkey costumes for the Thanksgiving Program.

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We practiced our Thanksgiving songs with all of our VPK friends!

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We were SO thrilled to meet our VPK buddies from the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School. We were each paired with a 4th or 5th grader, and we spent our first meeting getting to know one another. We answered a series of questions on a chart to see how many things we had in common. Then, our buddies created digital collages of our similarities and interests on their iPads. We can’t wait to see the collages when they are done!

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In P.E., we always start off stretching our muscles.

Ms. Jackie taught us how to play kickball.

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At the end of class, we voted on our next sport. Three friends voted for football as our next sport, and six friends voted for baseball. We discussed which group had more and which group had less. We can’t wait to return after Thanksgiving break and find out the sport that had the highest number of votes in all of the Parparim and Tzeeporim classes!

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We had fun playing on the playground during recess.

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Our Mystery Reader read a really fun Disney book to us!

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As we welcomed Shabbat, we learned about Yitzhak (Isaac) and found out about when he met Rivka (Rebecca) at the well.


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Today, we continued to prepare for Thanksgiving by reading our Weekly Readers about the Pilgrims and the Wampanoags. The Wampanoags were the Native American tribe that had the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims. We read about them last week in the book One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims, and we were excited to learn more about them today.

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We enjoyed when Mrs. Whitney from PJ Library Jacksonville came to read us some fantastic PJ Library books. We especially loved reading the book Thank You For Me by Rick Recht together. If you are not familiar with the PJ Library program and the amazing resources they provide to Jewish families and schools, you can learn more here.

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We culminated our Thanksgiving preparations by welcoming the VPK students from Torah Academy of Jacksonville to our school for a visit. Together, we participated in a mitzvah project, listened to a Thanksgiving story, and ate a delicious feast together.

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Wishing all of our Tzeeporim families and friends a wonderful Thanksgiving. We are so very thankful for our wonderful students and their families!

Ms. Alicia and Ms. Carolyn