My Favorite Bear

Good evening Tzeeporim families and friends!

This week, we delved into the concept of hibernation. We learned that hibernation occurs during the winter when it is too cold and icy for animals to forage for food. Often times, their food even becomes frozen and inedible! We read a Science Spin magazine called “Go to Sleep, Animals” which gave us great insight into hibernation. We learned that bears, frogs, ladybugs, and bats all hibernate in the winter. We had discussions about the changing seasons, and what happens in the environment when the seasons change from fall to winter.

During Storytime, we read numerous books about bears, including My Favorite Bear by Andrea Gabriel and Alaska’s Three Bears by Shelley Gill. We learned that different bears prefer to live in different climates when they are not hibernating.  For example, a polar bear enjoys living in areas with snow and ice, but a grizzly bear prefers a warmer, grassier environment.

Our Color of the Week, was brown and we had fun painting paper plates brown and turning them into brown bears.

As Math learning activity, each friend worked individually to sort and count colorful counting bears. We divided them into groups by color. There were group of red bears, orange bears, yellow bears, green bears, and blue bears. We counted how many bears were in each group and determined how many bears there were altogether, which group had the most, and which group had the least. We used one-to-one correspondence to count each and every bear!

Our Letter of the Week was “R”. We practiced tracing the letter R to improve our fine motor skills. We turned our letter “R” into a raccoon for our ABC books. We discovered that raccoons do not hibernate during the winter, but sometimes they hide in their dens to escape the cold for many weeks at a time.

We spent a lot of time in Learning Centers choosing our own learning activities and interacting with our peers during both the morning and the afternoon. We practice some of the most challenging skills during that time, including communicating effectively with our teachers and peers, and learning to share, take turns, and collaborate.

We enjoyed two thrilling visits from Clifford the Big Red Dog! He came to visit us from the Galinsky Academy Scholastic Book Fair and we were elated. We were sure to let Clifford know that we just read a book about him titled The Big Leaf Pile. We couldn’t wait to take our pictures with Clifford and we are so excited to visit the Book Fair next week.

In Jewish Studies, we learned the story of Hanukkah and began practicing our songs for Hanukkah. We learned that Judah Maccabee was the hero who helped the Maccabees defeat King Antiochus. We are excited to dress up as Maccabees with shiny silver shields!

We enjoyed two engaging Science lessons this week with Ms. Heather. On Tuesday, she taught us about Mars Rovers. Then, we had the opportunity to design our own Mars Rovers.

On Thursday, we learned about liquids and solids. We were able to create our own oobleck which is considered a non-Newtonian fluid because it has properties similar to both liquids and solids.

In Gardening, we went searching for beans in the garden beds. We found yellow wax beans, green beans, green snap peas, and Dragon Tongue beans. Sometimes we had to search very diligently, because the green colored beans were camouflaged with the green leaves in the garden. We were so thrilled to take our beans home and share them with our families!

On Friday, we enjoyed a great Mystery Reader. She read a fantastic book called Zoo Day by Anne Rockwell. It mentioned many of the animals we had discussed this week that hibernate in the winter, like snakes!

We welcomed Shabbat together with our preschool friends and had a wonderful ema and aba to represent our class! They collected tzedakah, sang on the bimah, and helped to lead kiddush.

During Show and Tell, we each got to share an animal that hibernates with our friends. Even our friends who didn’t bring an item from home shared what animal they would have brought if they could bring any one!

We concluded our week with a fun digital reading of the story We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen. We got to watch Mr. Rosen read the story and do all of the hand motions to the book. We did hand motions and sound effects with him- it was fun!

We’re looking forward to learning and growing together next week when we begin preparing for Hanukkah together!

Shabbat Shalom!

Ms. Alicia and Ms. Carolyn