Snowballs

Good afternoon Tzeeporim families and friends!

Last week, we had the most SENSATIONAL time learning all about SNOW! Our entire preschool enjoyed a snow themed week with fun activities like wearing pajamas to school, getting to sip hot chocolate, and enjoying in engaging snow themed centers.

Our letter of the week was W. We brainstormed many words that started with the letter W, including wonderful, walrus, week, and winter. We created a winter themed W page in our ABC books by painting our Ws blue with watercolor paint and adding “snowballs.”

We focused this week on summarizing books by identifying the beginning, middle, and end of the story. We learned that transition words like first, next, and last, can be used as sentence starters to help us identify the parts of a story. We used a charted the beginnings, middles, and ends of three stories this week, including Snowballs by Lois Ehlert, Brave Irene by William Steig, and Snowbaby Could Not Sleep by Kara LaReau.

Our math concept this week focused on matching and creating patterns. We each designed our own matching mitten pairs. After they were laminated, we used yarn to lace our mittens to strengthen our fine motor skills.

We created snowperson art inspired by the book Snowballs. We each drew a small, medium, and large snowballs on white paper. We then cut out our snowballs and arranged them to form snowpeople on our paper. We added features and details to our snowpeople too, such as carrot noses and buttons.

Our Weekly Reader this week taught us even more about snow and winter weather. We had fun on the Scholastic website creating our own digital snowpeople!

We did an ice experiment as well. Two of our vocabulary words this week were freeze and melt. We discussed that water is a liquid, but that when it freezes, it becomes a solid, and conversely, when ice melts, it becomes a liquid again. We used a hairdryer to melt the ice in a tray.

We had fun wearing our pajamas outside for recess.

We had the most amazing time exploring the snow centers Ms. Amanda organized for us in the snow room. There were so many things to experience, from “ice skating”, to igloo building with sugar cubes, to feeling glaciers in an ocean. It was a truly engaging sensory experience.

In Jewish Studies, we continued learning about Tu B’Shevat. We pretended to be olive trees, and read a book about Tu B’Shevat called Netta and Her Plant.

In P.E. we had fun playing a different version of flag football.

In Music, students performed both solo and in pairs accompanied by Ms. Zina on the piano.

We love our Mystery Readers, especially aunties who come in to read to us!

We celebrated Shabbat a bit differently last week. We made an extra long Shabbat table in our classroom and sang songs around the table. Afterwards we had fun eating challah and drinking juice together with all of our VPK friends.

We culminated the week by having a fun SNOW-and-Tell. Everyone was asked to bring in something that related to snow.

We had such a great week last week! We can’t wait to start learning about trees and the environment this week as we delve into exploring the upcoming holiday of Tu B’Shevat.

Todah rabah,

Ms. Alicia and Ms. Carolyn