Going on a Chametz HuntAs Passover approaches, the Dragonflies have been setting up the room to celebrate. They've decorated frogs, set the seder table, and helped put out our Passover books. The last thing we had to do before Passover begins on Monday night is rid the room of chametz, or the foods we do not eat during Passover (leavened bread such as cookies, pasta, bagels, bread, pizza, etc). We took out all of our food in the kitchen and packed the chametz away for the duration of Passover, putting in food we do eat instead (fruits, vegetables, cheese, rice and beans, matzo balls).
Of course, the Dragonflies also made sure to ask if their favorite treat is okay for Passover - they were relieved to find out we can still eat gummies!
February 6th, 2017
Trees Are Blowing in the Wind
January 23rd, 2017
Rock, Rock, Rock Your Boat
October 28th, 2016
Peace Begins With Me
October 17th, 2016
To The Sukkah We Will GoThe holiday of Sukkot celebrates the Israelites time spent in the desert, as well as celebrating the fall harvest time. A sukkah is a three-sided building that recreates the desert tents the Israelites lived in after the Exodus; Sukkot means "a festival of booths." When we visit the sukkah, we shake the lulav and etrog, traditional flora from Israel.
Traditionally, people eat and even sleep in the Sukkah. The Dragonflies loved running around inside. Later, we will add our own decorations to the Sukkah!
October 11th, 2016
Let's Take a WalkAs the weather cools (and it rains less...), we've headed outdoors to enjoy the oncoming fall weather. Luckily, the building is surrounded by a number of fields that are filled with trees and flowers for the Dragonflies to explore.
We even had Shabbat outside with the Bumblebees.
As Sukkot approaches, our nature walks will include visiting the sukkah!
September 23rd, 2016
Maybe There's An Apple In There...
The Color GreenThe Palm Beach County Library provides schools around the area with a variety of "library kits" of various themes. In preparation of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, we began our exploration of the themes of the holiday by learning about the color green (apples, such as a green apples, are traditionally eaten symbolize a sweet New Year). The kit includes books, felt finger-play puppets, and songs to sing; we added to the experience with painting and a scavenger hunt.
August 25th, 2016
Rain, Rain, Go Away
The bubble wrap became the Dragonflies own science experiment - did the bubble wrap make louder sounds than the thunder outside? Was the sound of the popping different or similar to the sound of the thunder? Each Dragonfly had their own ideas and observations about the variety of noises we were hearing.
Though the bubble wrap was fun, we still sang "Rain, Rain, Go Away" all afternoon, because there's nothing more that the Dragonflies loves than being outside!
August 18th, 2016
New Year, New Beginnings
April 20th, 2016
April 11th - 15th, 2016
Week of the Young Child
March 9th, 2016
February 9, 2016
January 12th, 2016
New Year for the Trees, Too
December 20th, 2015
The End of the Year
December 1st, 2015
The Dragonfly class was so surprised to come back to school and learn we have another holiday right around the corner; Chanukah is here! The room was decorated after break, so when the Dragonflies came in, they had so many things to explore: chanukiahs, dreidls, gelt, and magen davids.
Chanukah might be a minor Jewish holiday compared to Rosh Hashana or Passover, but it's still a great time to teach children about miracles, spending time with friends and family, and, of course, having a fun party with games and chocolate and gift-giving!
November 24th, 2015
November 2nd, 2015
What's Inside a Pumpkin?
Is it a car? Bumblebees? A cake? The Dragonfly class experimented to find out!
In the first part of our scientific experiment, we explored our question: what's inside of the pumpkins in our class? Everyone took a turn giving their hypothesis.
October 26th, 2015
Planting New SeedsOur garden has been growing thanks to the help of Ms. Kerrie! She's been working so hard, so asked the Dragonflies if they could help her plant some seeds!
October 20th, 2015
October 12th, 2015
October 7th, 2015
Simchat Torah is the last major Jewish holiday in Fall. It celebrates the Torah itself - simchat derives from simcha, which means celebration; things like weddings and bar or bat mitzvahs are simchas too. To celebrate the Torah, we threw our own party.
It is tradition to celebrate the Torah on Simchat Torah with dancing and singing, like any other party. Children are encouraged to dance, laugh, and be loud to celebrate as well. We danced around the room to our Simchat Torah songs like 'Torah, Torah'.
Another tradition is for children to wave flags during the celebration. Everyone pressed in the big Magen David (Star of David) stamp and pushed it down with two hands. Then we added sticks and waved them down the hall as we walked to music with Mr. Brett for our Simchat Torah party!
September 29th, 2015
The Dragonflies loves story time! Last week, Ms. Stacy from the library came to read to us. This week, we had a visit from the temple.
Ms. KC is a temple member who wanted to come spend time with us by reading us a book. She read "If You Give a Dog a Doughnut" and pointed out all the funny pictures in the book.
We always welcome visitors to the class to read or come talk to us!
September 22nd, 2015
We had a very special visit - Hi Touch Hi Tech! Hi Touch Hi Tech is a kid-friendly, accessible traveling science class. We saw eggs, feathers, and nests and had to guess what we were learning about today: it was birds!
September 15th, 2015
I Was So Mad!As part of learning about Yom Kippur, the Dragonflies have been learning about feelings and feeling words, a integral part of the two year old curriculum. Though Yom Kippur is a great time to teach children about how, when, and why we might say sorry, we talked about many different things we might feel. We read "The Feelings Book" and "I Was So Mad!" to show all types of different feelings, then we practiced making our silly, happy, sad, and angry faces to one another. We finished with dancing "Shake My Sillies Out!".
Providing children with feeling words and sentences helps motivate them to use those words instead of their bodies when they need to communicate. The Dragonflies talked about saying things like "stop, that hurts me!", "I need space!", or "I don't like that!" as options to choose from instead of using unsafe bodies. We also talked about how sometimes accidents occur, feeling are hurt or boo boos happen, and we can say "I'm sorry" to help someone feel better.
September 9th, 2015
After we listened to Mr. Brett blow the shofar, the Dragonflies wanted to blow their own shofars!
August 25th, 2015
August 23rd, 2015
Children learn about the world many ways - they take in everything they see, hear, and experience and use that to form how they see the world. Though they seemingly hear everything we say and do (and often repeat it!), sometimes moving learning to a hands-on experience helps them process new ideas in a more concrete fashion.
August 18th, 2015
August 17th, 2015
May 27th, 2015
May 27th, 2015
May 26th, 2015
Painting the Wall...Paper
May 20th, 2015
May 18th, 2015
May 14th, 2015
May 8th, 2015
April 29, 2015
April 24, 2015
April 24, 2015
April 21, 2015
As part of the Butterflies class preparing for next year in the three-year-old classes, we've been practicing walking around the school without a rope! Everyone lines up in order and follows the line leader to wherever we're going, making sure to stay in line and respect the space of those in front of and behind them. They feel very excited (and responsible!) - J even said "it's because we're big kids now."
April 17, 2015
- Sing, Dance, Celebrate, and Learn
- Through music, children develop math, language, and literacy skills - and of course, have fun while being active!
- The children chose what ingredients they wanted in their tacos.. their choices were cheese, salsa, tomatoes, and lettuce. The tomatoes and lettuce were extra yummy because they came from our school garden!
- Cooking together connects math with literacy skills, science, and more.
- Work Together, Build Together, Learn Together
- When children build together they explore math and science concepts and develop their social and early literacy skills.
- The children did a few different activities for Work Together Wednesday: They all worked together to make a special picture on the magna doodles, worked together with Ms. Deanna and Ms. Caitlin's class to build with blocks outside, and all the children made a train together on the slide!
- Think, problem solve, and create
- Children develop creativity, social skills and fine muscles with open-ended art projects where they can make choices, use their imaginations and create with their hands.
- The Buttierflies class was given paint, feathers, pom poms, and stickers. Then they were told they can do whatever they want with them. Every child's painting looked different which was so special!
- They also listened to stories and sang songs with Ms. Stacy, the Library Lady.
- Sharing family stories
- The children shared stories of their families with one another.
April 15, 2015
A lizard came to visit the Butterflies class! The children were so excited and tried to see where it went. We couldn't find it but that's OK because N said "It's hiding!"
The children had such an exciting adventure this week... watching real live butterflies emerge! First they were caterpillars, then they made cocoons, and then became butterflies! The Butterflies class watched them, help feed them, and then released them in the playground (by the garden).
|The children said "Bye Bye Butterflies" after they flew away!|
Since the butterflies were released by the garden we went to check on them today. We were hoping to see them on some flowers or eating some food! We found one and all the children were so excited!
As the Butterflies class gets closer to moving on to the 3's class we have started learning more advance concepts, such as letter recognition. We have started recognizing our names every day with flash cards and recognizing letters in different ways using puzzles, magnets, stamp pads, and blocks.
April 1, 2015
March 26, 2015
The brains of young children are at the stage of the greatest growth they will experience in their life. Young children are experiencing an incredible amount of synpase formations; these formations provide them with the ability to experience higher level thinking as they grow. What begins as child's play lead young brains to a better understanding of the world!
March 23, 2015
March 11, 2015
March 2, 2015
Our Purim parade was so much fun! The children dressed up in costumes and shook their groggers (that they decorated)!
February 26, 2015
Ms.Caitlin assisted the children in making hamantashen from scratch! She helped them roll out the dough, cut out the circles, and pinch the corners to make the circle into triangles. Then they chose a hershey kiss or strawberry jam to put in the center. Then they went in the oven and the children took it home to eat them. They came back the next day and said it was delicious!
February 26, 2015
- Allowing a child to build up the tiny muscles in the palm of their hand with the continuous open and close of the hand.
- Enhancing eye-hand coordination.
- Encouraging your child to use coordination: using both sides of the body at the same time while each hand is performing its own task.
February 22, 2015
We decided to go on an adventure to a "surprise" location. We explored the grassy area across from the front of the temple. The children were so excited! They ran around collected pine cones, touched parts of trees, and rolled down the hill! What a fun way to explore nature!
February 16, 2015
The Butterflies class explored pets. We learned how to take care of them, what each child's pet is and what their name is, and what we feed them. It was so exciting to share our special pets in each others lives!
February 10, 2015
Mazel the Shabbat Puppy visited the Butterflies 2 class! He came in his carrier and the children had to guess what was inside. When they guessed the right thing he appeared! They were so excited! We read the book Mazel the Shabbat Puppy. Then we went over how to treat him (and animals in general). What a nice surprise!
The children were so excited to see the animals that Busch Wildlife brought with them to share! They saw an owl, snake, skunk, turtle, and a crocodile. They even got to touch some of the animals! The looks on their faces were priceless.
February 5, 2015
Part of celebrating Tu B'Shevat is planting new trees and plants for everyone to enjoy. The Butterflies 2 class read the book Planting a Seed by Pamela R. Jarrell. Then we planted parsley. The children used a cup and put soil in their pot, then put the parsley seeds in the soil and covered the seeds with their fingers. They are so excited to take it home, water it, and watch it grow!
February 2, 2015
The Butterflies class is exploring trees for Tu B'Shevat. We read the book Hello,Tree by Joanne Ryder and introduced trees with our tree puppet. The children are also working on tree hats. They first gathered and collected leaves and branches outside. Then they used their fine motor skills and squeezed glue and glued leaves on their tree hats. O said " Look at my hat!"
January 26, 2015
January 22, 2015
I also asked the children "how do you get to school?" These were their answers:
January 14, 2015
December 8, 2014
December 1, 2014
November 20, 2014
November 17, 2014
November 6, 2014
|The children investigated the pumpkins with the magnifiers.|
|They ate some yummy pumpkin muffins from Ms. Deanna|
|We asked the children what they thought was inside the pumpkins.|
|Everyone said "it smells!"|
|The children counted the pumpkin|
|They touched the top of the pumpkin as well.|
|B touched the pulp|
|Then we planted the pumpkin seeds|
|We poured some soil into an egg carton|
|Then added the seeds and some water... can't wait for it to sprout!|
October 27, 2014
October 21, 2014
The Butterflies 2 class participated in the annual read for the record! Ms. Mitchell came to read a special story to us. Read for the Record allows millions of children and adults to celebrate literacy by participating in the largest shared reading experience. On October 21, 2014 tons of adults were reading the story, Bunny Cakes, by Rosemary Wells to children. What an amazing experience in which we got to participate!
October 15, 2014
October 8, 2014
The Butterflies class is very excited about our upcoming holiday of Sukkot. They are especially intrigued about our trips to Temple Beth Am's big Sukkah and our classroom Sukkah.
|Even the rain didn't stop the Butterflies from looking at Temple Beth Am's Sukkah.|
|The children hammered, sawed, and screwed our Sukkah together!|
|Squeezing into our Sukkah is fun!|
|Then we had to decorate our Sukkah using dot paint!|
|Music class with Mr. Brett in the Sukkah was extra special.|
|The Butterflies 2 class in the Sukkah|
September 29, 2014
September 22, 2014
Rosh Hashanah Round
To help celebrate the New Year, we made little round challot - cooking with the children provides many sensory experiences for them which is how young children learn best. The dough feels sticky, they push raisins into the squishy dough. Brush on an egg wash and into the oven! The smell of the freshly baked challah makes them feel important and successful! Click on the photos to make them larger.
Once a month Ms. Yael visits and we learn all about how our bodies move. We practice many gross motor skills such as hopping, galloping, balancing, dancing, reaching, and more! We also work on following directions, taking turns, and being part of a group too!
September 17, 2014
As we begin the school year and celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the children are building a classroom community by painting with a buddy to help celebrate the New Year and new beginnings. This activity incorporated so many important skills such as:
- sharing paint and brushes
- taking turns
- learning names of classmates
- fostering friendships
- mixing colors
- developing language
- pre-literacy skills using arm movements at the easel
- holding a paintbrush
- enhancing hand/eye coordination
- cleaning up
Apples are a key component in our upcoming holiday Rosh Hashanah. Therefore, we have been exploring apples. The Butterflies have been sorting them (colors and sizes), guessing what is inside an apple, tasting them, sponge painting, stamping with them, listening to finger plays and felt stories. It has been applelicious!
|Getting ready to put our felt apples on the felt board|
|"This feels hard!|
|"I see a seed!"|
|"Look Ms. Syndee I'm making fireworks!"|
|Concentrating on my painting|
|Loving the colors|
|Oh what fun!|
|Talia brought in Tzedakah. We explained what it was and how the money helps many people in need. Natalia said "I'm going to bring in money from my house tomorrow."|
- "why is he going up there"
- "he's in the dark"
- "he's looking for dirt"
- "he's fixing it"
- "he's looking for a pole"
- "he's not gonna fall"
- "are those ones broken"
- "he closing it up now"
- "that one broken"
- "climbing up again"
- "why he climbing up again"
- Julien - "I found a spikey stick and a bird"
- Grady - "I found a pine cone"
- Noah - "flowers"
- Anvika - "pine cone"
- William - "I found a pine cone, it feels like ouch"
- Alexa - "dirt"
- Remy - "I found grass"
- Ashton - "tree bumpy, I don't like it"
- "I brushed my teeth at my house" - Noah
- "he brushed my teeth" - William
- "Dentist just give us a goody bag" - Brielle
- "brushing like this" - Benjamin
- "its toothbrush" - Alexa
- "teeth is for Dentist, he take a check-up" - Remy
- "Mommy brush all my teeth" - Sophie
- "oh I just brushed my finger" - Julien
- "I don't go to the Dentist anymore" - Leah
- "brush like this" - Ashton
- "toothpaste and nothing else" - Anvika
- "me and my Daddy use my new toothbrush and we do ahhhhhh" - Grady
- "cleaning, it's messy"
- "a broom"
- "a sprayer"
- "he clean"
- "he spray cause dirty on that one"
- "thank you cause he clean the window"
January 13, 2014
- "what he doing"
- "he go, he hurt"
- "I think a car gonna come here"
- "my mommy hold my hand"
- "it's windy and drizzling"
- "he was running"
- "cut the trees"
- "he was walking, walking, and walking like us"
- "fixing lights"
- "he going up again"
- "he jumping"
- "I'm gonna hear that noise"
- "he going down"
- "he going away"
- "he's go down"
- "he's going bye-bye"
- "I see pumpkins"
- "a lady"
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As we were walking back to our classroom, something exciting happened - we had an unplanned fire drill. . We often have practice fire drills, and we discuss how if it was a real emergency that the Fire Rescue would arrive. Well, the Fire Rescue was there already! Everything was fine - all of our practice fire drills have helped us to know what to do in case of a real emergency!
- "oh no"
- "it's broken"
- "it's down"
- "lets build it again"
- "want some more"
- "a boat"
- "do it with your animal"
- "I painting"
- "my animal lay down sleep"
- "more, dirty, water"
- "I have gloves"
- "hand prints"
- "she was dirty"
- "she got sand on herself"
- "I'm cleaning her"
- "it's soap"
- "it float"
- "get it out"
- "when your like a baby, you cry"
- "she wants her mommy"
- "she's pooping"
- "clean em"
- "look she's dry"
- "she's pooping on the floor, I have to clean her"
- "clean her poo poo"
- "cleaning her window"
- "baby pooping on floor, need to clean it"
- "oh, bubbles"
- "baby the water, bath, wet"
- "cleaning her back"
- "rinse them"
- "from sand"
- "water, wash cloth, bleach"
Drew: "I have to go to the airplane."
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