During our Morning Work Time, your children continued to use the bear den for dramatic play. They also had the opportunity to investigate using our magnets; specifically the hexagonal, flat circular, and round shapes. The children also worked with the Montessori wooden spindle box. I observed Teddy carefully looking at each number (in order), count first in his hand the number required, and then repeat the count while placing each spindle in the correct slot. There was airplane building using the bristle blocks, complete with takeoff and landing gear. I also observed your children reading their schedule for the day. They took notice of who the Shabbat guest would be and would come up to their teachers to remind us that there was no nap today! Our language shelf with the letter B was explored by many children. Merav worked with a small group of children discussing Tu B’Shevat. She has started to teach your children singular and plural differences (today was etz-tree and etzim-trees!).
Sophie’s mother and father helped us to celebrate Shabbat (she was so happy and excited!). After saying the prayers, Sophie gave each of her friends and teachers a piece of challah. This small act is important for both the child who gives as well as the child who receives. Your children are learning to be gracious, courteous, and to say thank you and todah. Your children were also treated to a reading of a modern classic, “The Gruffalo.” After the story was read, your children made comments and connections. We remembered when Lelo’s Mother read us, "Where the Wild Things Are" and compared the visual similarities to that book.
We used the downstairs space for gross motor play this morning. I observed your children using the sit and spin seats as masks as well as for physical play. They also made believe that it was snowing. They lay down and moved their arms and legs to make snow angels.
During our Morning Meeting, we continued with our bear Show and Tell. Emma demonstrated how to hang up her bears by using our glass door to stick them on. Each child spoke about who or where they got the bear from and how they hold or play with them. Mika brought in a wonderful book, "Afraid of the Dark," that I read to the class. There was a surprise ending. When I got to the last page, Mika jumped up from her seat to help me to open the page carefully so the characters could pop up. Your children really enjoyed her book. Thank you so much Mika!
After lunch, we were able to have a short Work Time. Your children cooked Shabbat dinner in their kitchen, played at the sand table, threaded buttons on string, and worked on puzzles. Merav continued to work with your children in a small group setting with singular and plural words in Hebrew.
"The Gruffalo," by Julia Donaldson
"Afraid of the Dark," by Karen Sapp and Rachel Elliot
"Bear Snores On," by K. Wilson and J. Chapman