Yom Kippur, Kindness & Kugel

Good morning Tzeeporim families and friends!

We hope our Tzeeporim families had a meaningful fast yesterday. We had a busy and productive week learning so many new things. Our letter of the week was “B”. We made a bountiful list of B words such as baby, big, butterfly, branches, blocks, baseball, basketball, and Batman, among many others. We dot painted the letter B as a way to understand letter formation and to develop some of the muscles in our hands.

We created a new page for letter B for our ABC books. We painted the letter B yellow, added black stripes, four wings, antennae, and a stinger to transform our B into a BEE.

Our Weekly Reader this week was titled “Choosing Kindness”. This was the perfect topic to explore as we prepared for Yom Kippur. We talked about saying sorry to our friends and the importance of forgiveness. We talked about nice things we can do for our friends like helping them to clean up toys, comforting them if they are feeling sad, or making get well cards for them when they are sick. Some of our friends really took the notion of making get well cards to heart and made get well cards for one of our friends who was not feeling well.

During Storytime, we read several books that gave us greater understanding of Yom Kippur, saying sorry, and showing forgiveness. We read  Sammy Spider’s First Yom Kippur by Sylvia Rouss, Sam and Charlie (and Sam Too!) by Leslie Kimmelman, and Red, Blue, and Yellow Yarn: A Tale of Forgiveness by Miriam R. Kosman.

The book Red, Blue, and Yellow Yarn gave us the opportunity to engage in a lot of yarn inspired activities. As a prereading activity, we used our senses to look at and touch items made with yarn like sweaters, hats, mittens, blankets, and scarves. At our Sensory Table Center, the bin was overflowing with a plethora of yarn in a variety of textures and colors.

At Art Center, we used yarn and fabric to weave on both small and large looms.

We even used yellow yarn to begin lacing our etrogim for Sukkot.

We enjoyed a nature walk through Beth Shalom Park on our synagogue campus. We collected sticks to use on a Sukkot project for next week. We compared and contrasted the sticks we collected. Some were thin, some were thick. Some were long, and some were short. On the way, we saw two benches and were so excited since the word bench starts with the letter B, our letter of the week. We took a blissful break on the benches before heading back to our classroom.

We read the book Talia and the Very Yum Kippur by Linda Elovitz Marshall. It was about a little girl named Talia preparing for the Yom Kippur break fast with her grandmother. In the book, Talia makes a kugel with her grandmother, so we decided to use the recipe in the book to make a kugel is well. It was delicious!

In Jewish Studies, Morah Rachel and Morah Miriam broadened our understanding of Yom Kippur. We acted out some scenes together of friends not getting along. We practiced saying Slicha (sorry in Hebrew), and forgiving one another. We read the story of Jonah who tried to hide from HaShem, and was swallowed by a humongous fish. Jonah prayed and fasted for three days to show HaShem he was sorry and then HaShem forgave him.

In Gardening with Ms. Heather, we used the square foot gardening method to begin planting our salsa garden. We were pretty excited to use squares to garden since they were our shape of the week. We worked together to create a garden plan or map, then we used the map to help us plant the different vegetables. We planted tomatoes, green peppers, herbs, and carrots.

In Music, we continued to work on rhythm with Ms. Emily. We had fun tapping the beats to a song from Moana using rhythm sticks. We  used bells to practice the beat in a fun alphabet song.

In Science, Ms. Heather taught us about three types of bridges, Beam Bridges, Arch Bridges, and Truss Bridges. All of the types of bridges are formed of different geometric shapes. We learned that some shapes are stronger than others. First, Ms. Heather showed us a video clip about bridges. Then, she did an experiment to test the strength of the different types of bridges. Next, we were able to work in pairs to build our own bridges. As a culminating activity, we played the game London Bridge is Falling Down.

In Block Center, we continued to construct bridges. We learned to make very strong ones using wooden blocks.

On Friday, we wrapped up the week with a special Mystery Reader. She brought books about being kind to others, which tied in so nicely with our themes this week as we prepared for Yom Kippur.

For Show and Tell, we shared items that started with our letter of the week, letter B. We shared Batman, butterflies, balls, bats, and so many other exciting things.

We welcomed Shabbat with our Parparim and Tzeeporim friends. We had a wonderful ema and aba. It was our ema’s birthday, and we all sang Yom Huledet Sameach (Happy Birthday in Hebrew) to her during our Shabbat celebration.

We are looking forward to the upcoming week when we get to learn about Sukkot and begin decorating the synagogue sukkah together.

Todah rabah,

Ms. Alicia and Ms. Carolyn