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Early Childhood Center-School Year 2016-2017

"Play is the highest expression of human development."
Welcome to The One School At Temple Beth Am, Celebrating the Whole Child. We understand and respect that every child is essentially, ‘the one.’ Every child is unique. The specifics of how we nurture and grow each child are dependent entirely upon the needs of the child. This is how we celebrate each child - by engaging him or her at his or her point of need. The One School partners with every parent to ensure every child is championed and educated as an individual.

The One School is a NAEYC Accredited, Reggio Emilia Nature-inspired school, serving ages 18 months to five years. The One School offers certified teachers, a low student/teacher ratio, an emergent creative curriculum and specialty areas of study including science, art, music, foreign language and nature study. The One School’s curricula are supplemented by young family programs and parenting workshops, an infant and toddler program, Family Center, Summer Camp, after school enrichment classes and an active and instrumental Parent Teacher Organization. A commitment to contribute to the community and the world at large is also a part of the school’s social justice philosophy.


March 3, 2017

 Turtle News

Celebrating Shabbat

My Gym
Planting a gardens with special guest Ms. Sharon

Shabbat Shalom Have A Great Weekend

February 27th 2017

Turtle News

Sensory Play

Art exploration
Creating a story

Building the TuB'Shevat Tree
for our performance 


Designing a castle for our next play with Ms Loraine

A visit from the Dentist Dr. Wanuck

High Touch High Tech

Tu B'Shevat Play


January 20th 2017

The Turtles Big Adventure
Busch Wildlife 
Animals Animals so much fun
We had so much fun petting and learning about Florida animals from Busch Wildlife center today.
Opossum named Sweet Pea and the red rat snake

Baby alligator

We have been learning about Florida animals, their habits and the important role they play in our world. 
 We chose and created our favorite animal and their habitat.

The Everglades board

 Number concepts

Self Portraits

Have a great weekend!

November, 14, 2016

Preparing for Thanksgiving

Whats inside the pumpkin?

Counting seeds
Words we used to describe how it feels 

Look what we found in the garden, a chrysalis .
We came back the next day and saw the butterfly coming out So exciting!

Friends helping friends 

Sensory play

November 1 2016

The Turtles are preparing for the month of 

November and the gift of giving.

Through books, songs and art we are learning ways to be thankful everyday.

Creating the bulletin board by painting the sky and clouds

Painting the rainbow branch to hang our notes

Painting outdoors allows for more freedom of movement and creativity. 

Making thankful notes to hang on our rainbow branch

Celebrating Shabbat today with the three's and hearing a story about Noah's Ark was a wonderful way to end our week.
Thank you Ms. Michelle!

October 31st 2016

 Turtles to the Rescue!

Wow the tire is bigger than us!
Learning all about how the hose works and about the different tools the firefighter uses.

Driving the truck was so cool!

We learned how to dial 911

Ms. Betty dressed up in the fireman's suit. We know that is how they are protected from the fire and smoke.

What a wonderful day!

October,13 2016

              Our Jewish Holidays

We have had a very busy week preparing for the holidays. Creating Shofars by lacing and decorating is really a blast! Toot! 

We had a visit from High Touch High Tech and learn how our bones grow and that we need calcium to keep them strong.


And yes eating lots of apples

Playing Letter bingo is a fun way to learn our letters

Having meaningful conversations with friends

Creative ways to learn our letters

We are so grateful to be back at school safe and sound after hurricane Matthew. We missed you all!
Have a great weekend!

September 26,2016

A Sweet New Year!

We tasted apples of red, yellow and green then picked our favorite.

We discovered the star in the middle of each apple.

We charted each color.

We made apples and honey plates.

We learned all about apples and where they come from. We also made apple sauce with all the 3's. Yum!

And we had a visit from Sammy Spider!

September 16, 2016 

More Turtle News

My gym with Coach Jay

Making 3 D letters

Hide and seek under the bridge

Driving to Disney

September 9th, 2016

September Turtle News

Dramatic play is one of our favorite centers 
 pretending to be doctors.

Taking an order for a pizza delivery deciding what toppings we like.

Hide and seek on the playground

Music with Mr. Brett

Fun in my gym with Coach Jay

September 2, 2016

Another Amazing  Week!

One of our favorite places to explore has been the garden and discovering the caterpillars. They wiggle and make us giggle! 

In the classroom we finger painted and quickly realized how much fun it can be to get messy. We read the story Little Miss Blue and Little Miss Yellow, then told the story again through painting and mixing the two colors.

Center time is fun time!

Have a wonderful weekend!

August 19, 2016

Our Amazing First Two Weeks

We are off to a great start in the turtles class and enjoying every minute. We have quickly caught onto our routine with center time and outdoor fun and loved revisiting the garden finding little treasures like ladybugs and the scent of herbs.

May 6, 2016

Mother's Day in the TURTLE Class

The Turtle class honored their mother's this morning in our room. The children showered their mothers with gifts, songs, cards, hugs, kisses and lots and lots of SMILES!!

Mar 9, 2016

Busch Wildlife is HERE!!

THE ONE SCHOOL brings lots of special visitors to the students and today Busch Wildlife were our most special visitors. Ms.Kim brought many local Florida animals for the Turtles to learn a bit about and even get to touch, if the children wanted to!
Ms Kim brought an alligator:

Ms. Kim brought a box tortoise:

Ms. Kim brought a skunk!

Ms. Kim brought a red rat snake!

Ms. Kim brought an oppossum!

The last animal that Ms. Kim shared with the children was a 
Barn Owl, the only animal the children could not touch!

THANK YOU Busch Wildlife for a WONDERFUL program!

Feb 3, 2016

A Visit from MY GYM

Today, Ms. Kelsey, from MY GYM, came to The One School with a fun obstacle-course program.  The children got to zip through a maze on a hand-rolling cart, use stilts to try and walk and finally they got to use round rubber mats turned into a telescope, a hat and finally slippery soap for their feet.  The Turtles had a BLAST!

Jan 13, 2015

The Turtle Tree

In honor of the next Jewish holiday, Tu B'Shevat (the birthday of the trees) the Turtles have been focusing their attention on all things related to trees.  The class went outside and collected natural materials that come from trees and we ate lots of foods that grow on trees.  Their excitement grew when the class made their own tree. The children painted oak leaves in rainbow colors.  They made a tree trunk rubbing on brown paper that was wrapped around the trunk.  Next the children added finished pieces of wood 'to make the bark bumpy like a real tree.'  To complete the job, the Turtles painted newsprint, which comes from trees, with blue paint using big gloppy brushes and sponges.  Our tree is now complete and on our hallway bulletin board, come take a look!

Dec 9, 2015

How Many Latkes Can YOU Flip?

One of the traditional foods eaten during Chanukah are latkes, or potato pancakes.  The key to the Chanukah foods is that they all be fried in oil.  Oil is the miracle of Chanukah.  Today our Turtles made their own frypan with a latke attached.  Then the children had loads of fun trying to flip their latke into the frypan.  The children are bringing this fun toy home today so that you can enjoy the game for the rest of our Chanukah week.

Dec 2, 2015

It's Time to Spin the Dreidels

The Turtle class is VERY excited about the next Jewish holiday, Chanukah (First candle lit 12/6).  This holiday celebrates the miracle of the oil lasting for 8 days when there was only enough oil for 1 day.  The special toy used at Chanukah time is the dreidel, a 4 sided spinning top with a Hebrew letter on each of the four sides. The children enjoyed our morning story; A Turn for Noah, about a boy who just can't seem to spin the dreidel.  After trying all week at school, on Friday he is successful!  Our Turtles wanted their turn to try spinning dreidels and that's what they did.  The dreidels will be in our sensory table all month.  The children will have LOTS of time to practice their dreidel skills!

Nov 17, 2015

Thinking of Others

As we get ready to celebrate the American holiday of Thanksgiving, the Turtles have been listening to lots 
of stories about being thankful.  Today's story was: Squirrels Thanksgiving about a lady squirrel wanting to have a celebration for her friends.  Today our Turtles made place mat decorations to share with the friends who will be joining us for our Thanksgiving meal on Monday 11/23.

Nov 3, 2015

It's Me!
Through out the school year, the children take time to create their own self-portrait.  Today was one of those days.

Oct. 28, 2015

Let's Make Pickles!

We continue to focus our attention on the garden and eating healthy.  After listening to the gardening story; Up, Down and All Around the Turtles got to talking about cucumbers.  When the teacher pointed out that pickles are made from cucumbers the children were surprised.  Could the Turtle class make pickles?  We sure can and that is what the children did this morning. Everyone got a cucumber slice to taste before they were turned into pickles. All the children said they liked cucumbers.  Would they still like them when we turned them into pickles?  We would find out.  Every child got a chunk of cucumber to cut up.  They put their cut pieces into a bowl.  To the bowl the children added 1/4 cup of rice wine vinegar and 4 teaspoons of sugar.  All the Turtles got to stir the mixture.   The soon-to-be pickles were put in a plastic zip-lock bag and put in the frig.  At lunch time the pickles were given to the children to taste.

YES! The Turtles DO like pickles!

Oct 27, 2015
Creating a Fruit Pizza

As part of our focus on healthy eating and the garden, today the Turtles listened to the silly story; Pete's a Pizza.  After all the giggling about turning a boy into a pizza, the children turned a paper plate into a fruit pizza!  Using dot-markers to make the fruit the children added yellow dot bananas, apples and pineapple. Green dots became grapes, apples and pears, blue dots turned into blueberries and blue grapes, red dots became strawberries, raspberries and cherries and orange dots...well they were oranges!

When the pizzas had been covered in fruit, the children used a black crayon to create their slices.  Our Turtles made lots of pizza slices to share with their friends!

Oct 20, 2015

It's Fire Safety Week!

This week is all about fire safety.  We have been talking with the children about what fire fighters do.  How they keep us safe and how we need to keep ourselves safe.  The children enjoyed the story The Little Fireman by Margaret Wise Brown  which tells a story about a BIG fireman and a LITTLE fireman.  The Turtles could hardly wait to create their own fire engine.  Every one got a BIG piece of red paper, 2 white circles (wheels), a long white rectangle (ladder) and a colored pipe cleaner (hose).  The Turtles took these shapes and made their very own fire engine. Their fire trucks all look ready to fight fires!

ooh, LOOK!  That's MY fire engine!

Oct. 6, 2015

Planting with Kerrie

THE ONE SCHOOL offers many special activities, and one of our favorites is the garden!  Today Ms. Kerrie brought the Turtle class a program about planting seeds!  Each child was given a cup to scoop soil into.  Next the children got to put red or orange or green pepper seeds into their cup of soil. Now comes the hard part....waiting for the seeds to germinate into pepper plants.

The pots will be put on a windowsill until they germinate.  Then we will take our plants and plant them in THE ONE SCHOOL garden!

Sept 29, 2015

Snack in the Sukkah!

One of the commandments (rules) for celebrating Sukkot is to eat   in the sukkah.  Today at snack time, we went in to the Temple sukkah to have our morning snack.  The Turtles brought with them 'the longest chain in the world' which they have been making for the past few days.  The children hung their chain on of of the sukkah walls.  We placed a tablecloth on the ground, said the motzi (the prayer said before eating) and then enjoyed our delicious snack under the palm fronds of THE ONE SCHOOL sukkah!

The Turtle class carrying the 'longest chain in the world' to the sukkah.

Walking to the sukkah!

We are in the sukkah to celebrate!

Saying the motzi and getting ready for snack.

YUM!!   Snack in the sukkah is fun!

Sept 24, 2015

It's Sukkah Time

We are getting ready for the next Jewish holiday of Sukkot (9/28). This holiday celebrates bringing in the harvest.  Long ago, the Jewish people built temporary dwellings (sukkah's) to live in while they brought in the harvest.  The most important element of a sukkah is that the roof be open enough to see the sky.  Our Turtles built a sukkah for our classroom.

First the children decorated the sukkah walls.

Next, the children made chains to decorate the sukkah.

Then the children added palm fronds to make the sukkah roof.

Then the chain decorations were added to the sukkah to make it pretty.

and finally the Turtles got to play in our classroom sukkah!

Dwelling in the sukkah is what the holiday is all about!

Sept 16, 2015

Jonah and the BIG Fish

Our next Jewish holiday,Yom Kippur begins the evening of Sept.22 and continues into the next day.  Yom Kippur is about how you can do things better in the new year.  This is also the holiday where you say: "I'm sorry" to people you may not have been nice to the past year.  The traditional story told at this time is about Jonah and the big fish.  Jonah did not do as G-D asked and so Jonah needed some time to think, and that is why G-d sent the BIG fish.  Today the Turtles created their own Jonah and BIG fish puppets.  After Jonah and the fish were colored with crayons, a craft stick was attached to each puppet.  The teacher retold the Jonah and BIG fish story, this time the children got to act out the action with their puppets!  Be sure to ask your child to retell the JONAH story with their puppets, it will make you smile!

Sept 9, 2015

Apples Dipped In Honey 

The Turtle class has been focusing their attention on our next Jewish holiday:  Rosh Ha Shanah, the Jewish New Year.  One of the traditional greetings is: Wishing you a sweet New Year.  Today the Turtles got to enjoy a 'taste of a sweet New Year' by dipping apples into honey.  The children have been singing a Rosh Ha Shanah sign-language song called: I like to eat apples dipped in honey.  Today we made the song come alive as our children dipped yellow and red apples into honey.  "Sweet" and "Sticky" and "Golden" were some of the words we heard around our snack table this morning!

"I like to eat, eat, eat apples dipped in honey"

Sept 2, 2015

What's YOUR Favorite Apple?

As part of our preparation for the upcoming Jewish holiday of Rosh Ha Shanah (The Jewish New Year on 9/14) we are focusing our attention on apples.  Apples are one of the traditional foods eaten during this holiday.  Today the Turtles got to taste a red, a green and a yellow apple.  After everyone got to eat their apples, the children had fun making a chart to show which apples the Turtle class liked best! Can you guess which apple was the class favorite?

Aug 27, 2015

Our Very Own Coconut Tree

This week the Turtle class focused their attention on the letters of the alphabet.  The children enjoyed listening to the story; Chikka Chikka Boom Boom about the alphabet letters climbing up a coconut tree.  The story came alive when our Turtles created their own alphabet letter.  Each child chose their favorite piece of colored construction paper and water-colored a beautiful design. The paper was then cut into the first letter of the child's name and each student decorated their letter with pompoms, feathers, jewels, pipe-cleaners,and stick-on alphabet letters.

 When everyone completed their letter, the children had the fun of marching their letter up our classroom coconut tree.

 Stories do come alive in the Turtles class!

March 2, 2015

Purim Celebration Rotation

Today all the 3's had a fun Purim celebration rotation.  The children were divided into 4 groups so that everyone would have a turn.  The children listened to the Purim story and then they got busy making their own Purim character puppets.

The children got to make groggers, the noisemaker used to drown out the name of wicked Haman.  The groggers were made by covering a box of macaroni with beautiful decorations.  After our Purim parade and celebration on Friday, the boxes of macaroni will be donated to a local food pantry.

At the food rotation, the children got to make their own hamentachen, the jelly filled cookie that is shaped in a triangle like Haman's hat!

Our outside time was also very important to our rotation celebration!  Playing outside is always a fun part of our celebrations.

It was a very busy and exciting day for the 3's!!

Feb 26, 2015

Marbles for February

For the month of February, the Turtles have enjoyed exploring marbles!  Our sensory table was full of all different kinds of marbles.  Some made of glass, some made of wood, some VERY large and some very small.  The Turtles sorted marbles by size and color, they weighed marbles and they even had time to play a marble 'down the shoot' game.  Lots of busy minds and fingers this month manipulating marbles!

Feb 26, 2015

Purim People Headbands

To help the Turtles get into the happy holiday of Purim, the children created their own Purim character-mask headband.  The children had to choose what Purim character they wanted to make.  Some children chose the King or Queen or Uncle Mordy and even wicked Haman which they colored with crayons.  Next the mask was attached to a headband which the children wore backwards on their heads.  Lots of laughing was heard around our rug as the children danced to Purim songs while enjoying the Purim character faces looking back at them.  The Turtles even wore their headbands when we walked to music!

Feb 24, 2015

Purim Puppet Play

We are getting ready for another Jewish holiday called Purim.  This holiday celebrates the Jewish victory over Haman and his evil plan.  Our Turtles created their own puppets of the 5 main characters; King Ahasuerus (or King Achoo), Vashti, Esther, Mordecai and evil Haman.  When the puppets were colored just the way the children wanted them to be, they cut their puppets out.  The puppets were attached to large craft sticks and then we retold the story with the Turtles using their puppets to tell this tale. The puppets came home today, be sure and ask your child to retell the Purim story to your family!

Feb 20, 2015

P is for Parsley in a Plastic Pot

The Turtle class were very busy planting parsley this week.  First the children decorated their plastic pot with heart stickers and the letter 'P' for parsley, plant and pot.  Next the children filled their pots with soil and then they sprinkled tiny parsley seeds on top of the soil in the pot.  Then came the 'rain' which the Turtles made squeezing sponges full of water over the parsley seeds in their plastic pot.  During our outside time, the children helped to pick curly and flat leaf parsley which they enjoyed at lunch.  Now we wait to see when our parsley seeds will germinate.

Wk 2/23: our parsley pots are moved into the garden

Feb 18, 2015

Hebrew Fun with Ms. Ruti

Today all the 3's had Hebrew with Ms. Ruti.  Ms. Ruti taught the children Hebrew letters, numbers and colors.  She had the children moving and learning all the new Hebrew words.  Everyone was excited to learn Hebrew and move with Ms. Rutie!


Feb 17, 2015

What Did The Turtles Do In School Today?

We played with magnetic puzzles

 We colored and wrote our names and our friends names
We played with blocks

We played in our sensory table with marbles
We played with chalk outside
We rode our bikes
We played on the climber

We swung on the swings
We were very BUSY!! 

Feb 12, 2015

Bouncy Ball Fun

On our playground today, some of the Turtles had great fun using our VERY LARGE bouncy balls! 

Feb 10, 2015

The Shabbat Puppy Comes to Visit

The Turtles had a real treat today, when we got to enjoy Mazel The Shabbat Puppy.  Our Turtles listened to the story of the same name and then they got to play with Mazel.  Our Turtles were very kind to Mazel giving him a healthy-puppy check-up and lots of love.  The children remembered that Mazel might be in need of food and our Turtles brought almost ALL the kitchen foods for Mazel to enjoy!


Feb 9, 2015

Native Florida Animals

Today Busch Wildlife came to THE ONE SCHOOL with a program about native Florida animals.  The Turtles were very excited to see AND touch an alligator, opossum, box turtle, rat snake, screech owl and a skunk.  Our Turtles learned that alligators have bumpy skin, an opposum pretends to be dead to avoid being eaten, all turtles do not swim, snakes do not feel slimey, owls hunt at night and skunks only spray to protect themselves.  Our Turtles were very curious and used the 'two-finger touch' to explore all the animals that they saw today.

Feb 9, 2015

Eating Healthy

Ms. Nikki from HIGH TOUCH HIGH TECH came to the Turtles class with a science program all about eating healthy foods.  The Turtles got to play 2 different 'Healthy Eating' games.  First Ms. Nikki put out boards with all the food groups labeled on the board and then gave each child a food to match to the food group that it belonged to.  After everyone had 2 turns playing this game, Ms. Nikki gave every Turtle a plate to make their 'healthy meal' from ALL the food choices that she brought to our class. LOTS of healthy fun!

Feb 4, 2015


Ms. Tanya from MY GYM came to school with a program all about balance and strength.  The children warmed up their muscles first  and then Ms. Tanya showed the Turtles how to balance and ride on a wheeled riding board.  Next the children used a balance wand and everyone ended their MY GYM time chasing bubbles!  Lots of busy bodies getting strong!

Feb 3, 2015

Tu B'Shevat Tree Shakers

The Turtles have been getting ready for the next Jewish holiday; Tu B'Shevat, the birthday of the trees.  The children listened to the story; The Littlest Tree about a tree that wanted to be helpful in the building of a new temple.  All the trees in this story had personalities and that's just the kind of trees that our Turtles made.  Everyone was given a paper bag for the tree trunk.  Then the children gave their tree trunk a personality.  When we went outside to play, the children collected tree leaves and twigs to make the rattles for their tree shakers.  The children added the twigs and leaves to their tree shaker and then everyone got busy making music with their tree shaker.  The song Tu Tu Tu B'Shevat sounded extra terrific when sung with tree shakers to help keep the beat!

Jan 29, 2015

It's Snowing in Our Sensory Table!

Our sensory table for the month of January was full of snow (white, Styrofoam packing p-nuts).  The Turtles had a great time exploring the p-nuts as if it was snow.  The p-nuts snowed on the houses and the people in our sensory table.  It even 'snowed' on our classmates. Everyone had fun playing in the sensory table this month!

Jan 28, 2015

The Turtles Make Some Turtles

Our native Florida animal today was the turtle.  The class enjoyed  listening to the story; Scoot! about 6 'still as stones' painted turtles. The children noticed that the turtle shells were covered in lots of colors.  Our Turtles decided to make their own turtles.  Using a plastic bowl for the turtle shell, the children got busy coloring their turtle shells to make them beautiful.  When the shells were finished the children chose 4 legs to attach to the shell and 2 googly-eyes so that their turtle could see.  Everyone's turtle came out GREAT! 

Jan 27, 2015


As part of our focus on native Florida animals, this week we are looking at fish.  The Turtles loved hearing the story; Swimmy by Leo Lionni.  Swimmy is a black fish with an all-red fish family.  Our Turtles wanted to have their own Swimmy black fish and red fish. Everyone was given a fish to color one side black and the other side red.  The fish were attached to a craft stick to become a Swimmy puppet.  All the Turtles got to be the black Swimmy fish and lead everyone to safety and to be a red Swimmy fish and be lead out of danger.  Following Swimmy was lots of fun!

Jan 21, 2015

Trees are Blowin' in the Wind

Today all the 3's had music with Mr. Brett.  Today Mr. Brett taught the children more songs for the next Jewish holiday, Tu B'Shevat (the birthday of the trees) which occurs in February.  Mr. Brett had the children up and dancing and moving like trees or freezing like 'crazy trees' or just plain movin' to the beat of his guitar!

Jan 15, 2015

It's National Soup Month!

To celebrate National Soup Month, Ms. Stacy from the Palm Beach County Library came to school and brought the 3's a program all about soup!  Ms. Stacy read lots of vegetable soup stories. Yesterday, the Turtles enjoyed the silly story: Soup for Supper about a giant and a wee little woman who share a garden and make soup together.  We did not have a giant to help us, but the Turtle class did pick lots of vegetables from our garden.  The Turtles picked peas, green beans, cucumbers, a banana pepper and LOTS of fresh herbs like dill, basil, oregano, chives, and mint.  The children brought the garden materials into class where they tore up all the leaves to go into our soup.  The children added vegetable broth and then everyone got a chance to stir the soup.  At lunch today, the children tasted what they had made....ummmm good!

Jan 13, 2015

A Magic Blanket

In class today, the Turtles enjoyed the silly story; Snuggle Piggy and the Magic Blanket.  This is a story about a little piggy and the special blanket that his Granny made for him.  Our Turtles wanted to have a magic blanket too, and that's what every child created today from a large piece of colored construction paper.  Some magic blankets made colors and rainbows, some magic blankets could make 'Elsa and Anna' appear, some blankets came alive and some even turned into ghosts!  There was lots of magic in our room today!  Be sure to ask your child about their magic blanket which came home today.

Jan 12, 2015

Reptile, Mammal or Bird?

Today, Mr. Evan from HIGH TOUCH HIGH TECH, came to the Turtle class with a program about 3 different types of animals. The Turtles got to play guessing games when Mr. Evan showed the class pictures of different animals and asked the class if they could tell what kind of animal he was holding up.  The children got to handle real turtle shells and snake skins and bird feathers.  Turtle shells were hard, snake skins felt scratchy and feathers felt soft. Playing the game; 'Match the Animal to it's Skin' was lots of  fun, too. 


Jan 8, 2015


The Turtle class really enjoyed the story; The Mitten about a little boy who looses his mitten in the snow and all the animals that go inside the mitten to make it their home.  Our Turtles got to act out the play today.  Each child got to pick an animal to go into the mitten:a moth, squirrel, porcupine, raccoon, bear or caterpillar. When all the animals were inside the mitten, it took the tiny caterpillar to cause the mitten to explode!  Exploding out of the mitten was the best part of the play! 

Jan 8, 2015

Do You Wanna Build A Snowman?

It doesn't have to be a snowman.  How about a Sandman?  A Florida style 'snow/sand' man was made by the Turtles over the past 2 weeks.  First the Turtles used papermache to make the head and body.  Next they painted the head and body a sandy color and then the children added real sand to give our snow/sandman character. To complete our snow/sandman the children picked out different beach objects to be the eyes, nose and mouth.  Come and see our surfing snow/sandman enjoy 'Winter in Florida' Turtle-style.

Jan 7, 2015

Movin' and Groovin' with Mr. Brett

One of the BEST things that the children get to do each week is have music with Mr. Brett!  The Turtles LOVE spending time singing and dancing with Mr. Brett and the other 3's classes!

Jan 6, 2015

Reap What You Sow

Back in October, the Turtle class planted peas in THE ONE SCHOOL garden. The children watched the seeds come up from the ground and grow into green plants.  We saw little pea pods on the plants right before we left for Winter Break.  Today we got to pick our peas! Everyone helped to bring in our pea harvest. Everyone got to open and eat the peas!  This was a first time for most of our children.  Growing and picking and eating our peas was the best and EVERYONE tried a taste!  We love THE ONE SCHOOL garden because we grow such yummy vegetables there!

Jan 6, 2015

Too Many Mittens

Today the Turtle class got to pretend that it was 'winter'.  The children listened to the story; Too Many Mittens  about twins who live in Michigan; the mitten state, who lost their red mittens.  The Turtles thought it funny that everyone in town thought all red mittens belonged to the twins.  The Turtles wanted to create their own mittens and that's what they did.  Using mitten-stencils the children chose just the right size mitten to make.  Some children chose the large mitten tracer, others picked the medium or small mitten tracer.  Everyone had fun.  Especially when they got to share a pair of real mittens and then 'High 5' their friends wearing the mittens!  Come and see all our mittens hanging on our mitten-line on our hallway bulletin board.

Dec 18, 2014

Spin, Spin, Spin!

During the month of December, our sensory table has been filled with things that spin.  The sensory table had tops, jacks and lots and lots of dreidels.  Some dreidels were big, or small, or made from plastic and or made out of wood.  The Turtles had lots of fun trying to spin them. Once the children got the knack for spinning, they could not stop!

Dec 17, 2014

Singing and Dancing for Chanukah

Today we had music with Mr. Brett who brought us a program all about Chanukah!  First, Mr. Brett showed us a Chanukiah, a 9-candled holder that is used ONLY for Chanukah.  He helped us sing the latke song and the dreidel song.  After the Turtles sang, we got to dance and spin like a dreidel or a frying latke!

Dec 16, 2014

Latkes in the Frying Pan

Latkes, a potato pancake, is one of the traditional foods eaten during the Chanukah holiday.  Latkes are important because they are fried in oil, the ingredient behind the Chanukah miracle.  The Turtles have been enjoying the finger-play; 5 Little Latkes Frying in the Pan.  Today everyone got to make their own fry pan with it's very own latke.  The children colored their fry pan and their latke to look just right.  Then everyone got to try to flip the latke into the pan!  Just look at the faces of the children to see how much fun flipping latkes is!  We will be flipping latkes all week!

Dec 12, 2014

Like A Maccabee

All week long the Turtle class have been enjoying stories about Chanukah!  Today's story was; Judah Who Always Said NO!  Judah the Maccabee, was the leader of the Jewish people when they threw the Greeks out of the Temple in Jerusalem.  Our Turtles wanted to be Maccabees like Judah, so the class made Maccabee puppets.  When the puppets were finished the children marched around the room to the 'Maccabee Marching Song'!


Dec 10, 2014

Getting Ready for Chanukah

The Turtle class has been busy getting ready for the next Jewish holiday; Chanukah (first candle lit Tues 12/16).  The children got to turn paper-towel tubes into candles.  Each Turtle chose their favorite color to paint their candle-tube.  Next they chose just the right color for their candle flame.  Using a flame template, the children traced their flame on colored paper and cut it out.  The flames were attached to their candle with a q-tip.  Each child wrapped a candle base in holiday paper and then all the candles were put together to create our Chanukah hallway bulletin board!

Dec 8, 2014

My Very Own Mountain

Ms. Nikki from HIGH TOUCH HIGH TECH came to the Turtle class with a program about mountains.  The children looked at pictures of different mountains and noticed that snow was on the top of the mountains.  Ms. Nikki gave every child clay to be molded around a small cup, this was their mountain.  Then she gave the children some 'tree materials' and some pebbles to add to their clay mountain.  When everyone finished making their mountain, Ms. Nikki poured some magic white crystals into the cups.  Using small pipettes filled with water, the Turtles added water to the white crystals and made 'SNOW'!

Dec 3, 2014

Can You Balance?

Ms. Allison from MY GYM brought the Turtles a program all about balance.  First the children warmed up their muscles and then everyone got to try walking and balancing on the 'rocking boat'. After trying to balance on the wobbly boat, Ms. Allison played a 'red light green light' game with the Turtles.  The children had to to walk and stop, depending on the color of the light, while balancing a beanbag on their heads!  NOT an easy task, but loads of fun!

Dec 3, 2014

How Many Eagles Tall are YOU?

Since October, the Turtle class has been following a pair of eagles, Ozzie and Harriet, on the SW Florida Live Eagle cam.  The children were so excited to see the eagles building their nest.  The Turtles watched as the eagles brought in tree branches and leaves and grass for the nest.  The next exciting thing that happened was getting a peek at the 2 eagle eggs that were laid mid November.  To celebrate all this eagle business, the Turtles colored lots of eagle pictures. Some pictures were colored with markers, crayons and even colored pencils. Today the children used all the pictures to measure one another.  How many eagles tall are you? was the question of the day!

Nov 25, 2014

Let's Relish the Relish

Cranberries are a traditional Thanksgiving side dish.  Today ALL the 3's made a cranberry/ strawberry relish.  The children had a chance to smash the berries with an immersion blender in a big bowl.  When the cranberries & strawberries were all mixed together the teachers scooped the relish into glass jars.  These relish jars came home today with your child.  Enjoy this delicious side dish at your Thanksgiving feast with your family and friends.

Nov 25, 2014

All Sorts of Insects

In November the sensory table in the Turtle's room was filled with all different types of plastic insects.  The children enjoyed looking at them using different sized magnifying glasses.  The Turtles sorted the insects by colors using our colored-sorting-cups.  Some of the children weighed the different insects by color, size or type of insect.  The children even came up with an insect game of lining the insects in a row on the top of our sensory table.  Lots of imagination came in to play with these creatures.

Nov 24, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving
Hooray Hooray Hooray
Aren't you glad you're not a turkey
On this Thanksgiving Day!

WE drummed, we marched, we sang, we ATE!

Nov 21, 2014

Like a Native American

The Turtles will be Native Americans in our Thanksgiving program on Monday.  This week, the Turtles created their own Native American headband to wear with their costume.  Each child made a design with dot markers and then chose 5 feathers to add to their band.  When their headbands were ready to wear, the Turtles picked up their Native American drums and made music.  The children tapped their drums using different fingers, they shook their drums to make rattle sounds, they sat on their drum and drummed, they balanced their drums on their heads and finally we marched with the drums keeping a Native American rhythm.

Nov 21, 2014

A Scarecrow for 'Fall Day'

At THE ONE SCHOOL we have a special 'Fall Day' celebration. There are lots of leaves and pumpkins and gourds but only ONE scarecrow!  The Turtle class made a fabulous scarecrow to display at our Fall table.  Take a look at how we did it!

Nov 14, 2014

Let's Be Thankful

Let's be thankful for this day
for our friends and for our play!

The Turtles created beautiful water colored place-mats to use at our upcoming Thanksgiving celebration at THE ONE SCHOOL.  Our Turtles also made 'thank you'-feathers to decorate our painted, pumpkin-turkey.  Our Turtles are thankful for many things!

Nov 12, 2014

Keeping the Beat

The Turtles made their own Native American drum today.  The children chose a colored piece of construction paper to draw their designs on. When they finished their picture in was inserted into a plastic tub.  The children added 3 spoonfuls of corn kernels to make their drum into a shaker as well as a drum.  The Turtles got to shake their drum, tap on their drum using different patterns to make their beat and even sit on their drum and slap out a rhythm.  Some friends used their fingers like drum sticks.  Some friends used both their hands to slap out their beat.  The Turtles had the most fun when they got to march with their drum tapping out a beat.  We will use the drums over the next few weeks as part of our Thanksgiving unit.

Nov 11, 2014

Costumes for Our Thanksgiving Program

The Turtle class will be focusing much of their attention, these next few weeks, on the upcoming American holiday of Thanksgiving. All the 3's will be dressing up as Native Americans for the program and today the Turtles decorated their costume.  The 'hand print' is a very important image to all Native Americans.  The hand can represent strength, domination, spiritual power and protection and that is why the Turtles used their hands to decorate their Native American costume.  All the Turtles chose the color that they wanted their hand to be painted, and then each child put their hand print on each Turtle-shirt to be worn at THE ONE SCHOOL Thanksgiving program on Monday November 24th.  Just look at the fine job they did!

Nov 10, 2014

Fizzy Fun

Ms. Nikki from HIGH TOUCH HIGH TECH came to the Turtles class with a program about sink and float.  The children got to look at different density bottles filled with some things that floated, they were light, and some things that sank, they were heavy.  After everyone played with the density bottles, the children came to the tables to make density bottles fizz!  Everyone got their own density bottle filled with oil and water and then each Turtle got to add half an antacid tablet to their liquid and watch what happened.....fizzy bubbles!! When the bottles stopped fizzing, Ms. Nikki took them away and put a large, empty beaker on the tables for the children to fill with vinegar.  When the beakers were full, a balloon filled with baking soda was added...and the children watched the balloon blow itself really big with out any help

Nov 6, 2013

It's All About Carrots

Continuing with our research on eating healthy and gardening, today we focused on carrots!  The Turtles listened to the story; The Carrot Seed and after we listened we got busy with real carrots. The Turtles became scientists as we experimented with carrot tops.  Our science question today was: Which will grows faster; carrot tops in water or carrot tops in soil? We wrote down every child's guess. When the class went outside, we planted carrot seeds in a bowl to see how fast they will grow.  Some of the comments we heard today about carrots were:  the seeds are tiny, the carrots grow big, bunnies like carrots, we only eat the orange parts of the carrots and the carrots in my lunch don't look like these!  

Nov 6, 2014

Not-Flat Art

Every Friday The One School serves pizza to the students.  Our Turtles love to eat pizza.  The children enjoyed the silly story; Pete's a Pizza by William Steig and then they got to create their own silly pizza.  The children used a small paper plate to be their pizza pie.  First they colored on their sauce, then they added their toppings.  Orange bottle caps became pepperoni, or carrots or meat. Next came torn yellow paper pieces for cheese and finally fuzzy green pipe-cleaners in assorted sizes became their vegetables. When the pizza's were completed, we hung them in our kitchen area for everyone to enjoy.  Our Turtles sure know how to make a great pie!

Nov 5, 2014

Can You Balance?

Ms. Tanya from MY GYM came to THE ONE SCHOOL with a program all about balance.  First the Turtles warmed up their muscles.

Next the Turtles all got a turn trying to balance on the wooden plank.

Then the Turtles had fun trying to keep their balance while jumping around a cone in a sack-bag.

Ms. Tanya ended her time with the Turtles by having a bubble storm for the children to play in!  Catch those bubbles!!

What a fun time the Turtles had exercising with MY GYM!

Oct 31, 2014

What Sticks?

For the month of October, we have had all different kinds of magnets in our sensory table.  The Turtles had lots of fun playing with different shapes, sizes, materials and colors of magnets.  Our Turtles were very curious to see- What sticks to what!

Oct 30, 2014

The Turnip

As part of our 'Gardening and Eating Healthy' unit, the Turtles listened to the Russian folk tale; The Turnip.  After listening the Turtles retold the same story using magnet characters.  What is a turnip? the children wanted to know.  So we passed around a real turnip for the class to smell and touch.  Then everyone had a chance to cut up our turnip.  The turnip was cooked and mashed and the children got to give it a taste.  When we asked the children what did it taste like?  Some of their responses were; tastes like a potato, tastes smooth, and tastes yucky!

Oct 28, 2014

What's Inside the Pumpkin?

The Turtle class has been having loads of fun looking at different pumpkins.  Some are large and some are small and not all of the pumpkins are orange!  Ms. Julie asked the children what they thought was inside of a pumpkin.  Some of the answers came back: stars, the ocean and seeds.  The children listened to the story; Pumpkin Pumpkin and that made the class even more curious!  We took one of our pumpkins and cut it in half to reveal LOTS of seeds.  After the pumpkin was opened everyone wanted to touch the inside and take some seeds out.  The inside of the pumpkin was: 'squishy, cold, wet and full of seeds'.  The children put their seeds on a plate and now we are waiting for them to dry.  What will we do next with the seeds?  Keep an eye on our blog and find out!

Oct 27, 2014

Here Comes the Fire Engine

The One School had a REAL fire engine come to school today! Our Turtle class was all ready for their visit.  Last week the children listened to the story; The Big Fireman and The Little Fireman.  This story got the children excited to create their own fire engine. Everyone was given a sheet of red paper, 2 white circles, 1 white square and 1 white thin rectangle.  Then the children got very busy using crayons and glue-stix to turn these shapes into their very own fire engine.

When the fire department came to school, the Turtles were ready to hear the siren, find the ladder, the GIANT scissors, and the long hose!  

Oct 23, 2014

Leaf Boys and Girls

All through the month of October, the Turtle class has been looking at leaves.  The children collected leaves and other natural objects over the past few weeks.  The Turtles loved the story; The Leaf Man and had lots of fun finding the 'hidden' leaf man on every page.  They were so excited about leaf people that they wanted to make their own leaf-boy or leaf-girl.  Each child made hand prints using Autumn colors.  Then their hand prints were cut out and the children turned them into their leaf boy or girl.  Our Turtles got to make good use of the natural materials they collected by using them for eyes, noses, mouths, hair, hands and feet.  Come and see YOUR child's leaf person!  They are GREAT!

Oct 21, 2014

Vegetable Soup

Inspired by the book; Growing Vegetable Soup the Turtle class designed their own soup.  Everyone got a soup bowl and then the children colored in the soup they like best.  Some of the language we heard as the children colored their bowls:  'My soup is orange, I like carrots' , 'My soup is green like peas and even 'My soup is blue like blueberries'.  Today the children got back their soup bowl and got to add vegetables that they liked.  Our Turtles practiced using scissors as they chose just the right vegetable to cut out and glue into their soup bowl.  Come and see the yummy soup your child created on our classroom bulletin board!

Oct 20, 2014

Let's Plant Some Seeds!

Today Ms. Kerrie brought the Turtle class a seed planting project. Ms. Kerrie asked the children if they liked to eat vegetables and almost all the children said they liked vegetables.  Ms. Kerrie had peas for the Turtle class to plant!  We all went out to the Pre-School garden and watched as Ms. Kerrie made a row in the planter box soil and the Turtles planted their peas.  We can't wait to watch them grow into big plants!

Oct 17, 2014

Let's Celebrate Simchat Torah!

Our next Jewish holiday that begins tonight is Simchat Torah where we finish reading the Torah and begin reading the Torah ALL on the same night.  On Wednesday the Turtles made Israeli flags using blue crayons to make the stripes and a star. Today the Turtles got to march with their flags!  The children marched in our room, marched down to Shabbat in the Sanctuary and then marched all around the Sanctuary while Mr. Brett played holiday songs on his guitar!   Marching with our flags was LOTS OF FUN! 

Oct 14, 2014

Making the Sukkah Beautiful

We are commanded to make our sukkah as beautiful as possible. Last week, the Turtle class made a picture of what they saw in nature using different sized/colors of crayons.  The children also collected natural materials all last week when ever we went outside. Today, the children added the collected natural materials to their nature picture.  It came out just the way the children wanted it to look.  We plan to hang the Turtle class art work in the Temple sukkah this week.

Oct 13, 2014

High Touch High Tech is Here!

Today Ms. Nikki from HIGH TOUCH HIGH TECH came to the Turtle class with a program all about bones.  The children got to see a BIG picture of a skeleton and then they got to put together the skeleton of a 5 year old child.  Bones are interesting objects as our Turtles found out when Ms. Nikki gave everyone a real cow bone and a magnifying glass to look at the bone really closely.  'I see holes!' was heard around the room as the children looked at their bone!

Oct 13, 2014

Snack in the BIG Sukkah

One part of celebrating the holiday of Sukkot is to 'dwell' in the sukkah. This means that we are meant to do an activity in the sukkah and our activity was eating snack!  Our Turtles came into the sukkah with their decorations made from colorful bottle caps and beads strung on a long thread.  These were hung on one of the sukkah walls.  After admiring all the decorations, the Turtles enjoyed their snack sitting under the palms in the Temple BIG sukkah!

Oct 10, 2014

Sharing a Sukkot Shabbat Salad

Over the past week, The Turtles class have been collecting vegetables to make a Sukkot Shabbat salad to share at lunch today. Every Turtle got some vegetables to cut up and put in our big salad bowl.  At lunch everyone was given some of these vegetables to eat with their lunch.  "Yummy" some of the children said

Oct 8, 2014

Music in the Sukkah!

Today ALL the 3's had music in the Temple sukkah!  Mr. Brett brought his guitar and Mr. David brought a real lulav (branches from a myrtle, palm and willow) and a real etrog (like a lemon, but more bitter).  Then Mr. Brett and Mr. David taught us the Sukkot Hokey Pokey!  "You put your lulav in......" It was FUN!

Oct 7, 2014

We're in the Sukkah!

The Turtles got to go into the Temple sukkah this morning!  We brought with us a toy Etrog (like a lemon) and Lulav (a branch each of willow, palm and myrtle) the traditional plants used to celebrate this holiday.  We shook the etrog and lulav all around to show that G-d is EVERYWHERE!

Oct 6, 2014

A Play About Sukkot

The next Jewish holiday that we are getting ready to celebrate is; Sukkot.  This is the holiday where the Jewish people went to their fields to harvest their crops.  They built temporary dwellings or sukkah's to live in while they were harvesting.  Today our Turtles listened to the story; Bubbe Isabella and the Sukkot Cake.  This story is about a grandma (Bubbe) and the different animals that come to celebrate with her in her sukkah.  Our Turtles LOVED the story and could not wait to act it out.  The children got to be a caterpillar, moth, squirrel, porcupine, raccoon, deer, bear and a child. We had so much fun, that we did the play many times so everyone got to be lots of different characters from the story.

Oct 1, 2014

Jonah and the Big Fish, a story for 
Yom Kippor

One of the traditional stories read at Yom Kippor is about Jonah and his adventures in/out of the big fish and his visit to Ninevah.  The Turtle class listened to this story and then made their own version. Everyone made a Jonah puppet and everyone helped to make a BIG fish.  Today the Turtles turned their story into a play.  The Jonah's were put on a ship and then thrown overboard to be swallowed by the big fish.  The Turtles with their Jonah puppet were spit out of the fish and then the Jonah's walked back to Ninevah to tell the people to do the right things and BE GOOD

Sept 29, 2014

What's in the Sensory Table?

Over the past weeks the Turtles have been having fun playing in our sensory table with sand, sand tools, sand animals and plants that grow near the sand.  The Sensory table is a place for the children to explore different materials and see how they react to each other. Next month something new will be in our sensory table, can you guess what it might be?

Sept 23, 2014

What Should We Do Ouside?

The Turtle class goes outside every day, unless it is raining.  The children get very busy on our play space. Lots of gross motor skills are practiced here, just look!

Sept 22, 2014


Round challah in the oven gonna watch it rise
Round challah in the oven gonna watch it rise
Round challah in the oven is very neat
Rosh HaShanah is really sweet!

Dipping their round challah into honey was very sweet indeed!

Sept 17, 2014

Rosh HaShanah Songs with Mr. Brett

Today we had music with Mr. Brett and he taught us some fun songs for Rosh HaShanah!  We sang songs about dipping apples in honey, having a sweet New Year and a special song about making a round challah for Rosh HaShanah!  Later in the morning, Mr. Brett came to our room with a Shofar gadol (BIG Shofar) and blew the shofar for us, 3 different times.  The sound of the shofar is meant to 'wake you up' to think about making good changes for the New Year. The Turtles were awake after Mr. Brett's visit!

Sept 16, 2014

We're Getting Ready for the Jewish New Year

The Turtles are excited as we get ready to celebrate the Jewish New Year (Sept. 24th).  The children have been busy working on different Judaica projects.  Lots of color choices to be made, and designs to be planned.  These beautiful Rosh HaShanah gifts will be ready to come home just in time to celebrate the holiday with your family!  

Sept 15, 2014
High Touch High Tech is Here!

One of the special programs that THE ONE SCHOOL brings to us is the science program; HIGH TOUCH HIGH TECH.  Today, Ms. Nikki brought the Turtle class a program about Space.  Ms. Nikki gave all the children a map of space to look at and asked our Turtles to find planet earth, where we live.  The children noticed that earth was blue, and Ms. Nikki shared that it's because of all the water on the earth.  The Turtles got to make 'Space Slime' which glows in the dark!  After everyone's slime was put in a bag to bring home, Ms. Nikki gave our Turtles rockets to shoot off in the classroom!  When everyone had their rocket, ALL the children counted down from 10 to BLAST OFF!  This was a great learning activity for our Turtles.

Sept 11, 2014

What Color Is YOUR Favorite Apple?

This has been a week all about apples in honor of the upcoming Jewish New Year; Rosh HaShanah!  Today the Turtles had fun tasting a red apple, yellow apple and green apple.  The children also got to taste honey with their apples.  Some of the words that we heard were: this apple is sweet, this apple tastes sour, my apple is white inside and yellow outside!  But the word we heard the most was: yummy!  Our Turtles love apples no matter their color.  After all the eating, the class got to vote on what apple they liked best. Can you guess which one?

Sept 10, 2014

Yummy Yummy Yummy Applesauce in my Tummy!

We have been collecting apples for the past few days and today we turned those apples into applesauce!  The Turtles watched as all the apples were cut into slices, put in a pan with water and then covered with a lid.  Soon, our Turtles noticed a yummy, sweet apple smell filling our room!  Now the apples were soft enough for the children to use a food-mill to push the apples through the holes to make sauce.  The applesauce was pink and warm and everyone who tried it LIKED IT!

Sept 9, 2014

A Birthday Party for the World

In class today, the Turtles had a birthday party, just like in the story The World's Birthday, a Rosh HaShanah Tale.  Our Turtles were very excited to decorate birthday hats using all kinds of star, circle and apple stickers!  When all the birthday hats were finished, the children put them on and sang; "Happy Birthday to the World", 2 times.  First we sang sitting down, that sounded pretty good, then we sang standing up and that was even BETTER!

Sept 8, 2014

Tree Bark Rubbings

Through the Jewish lens of Rosh HaShanah, we are looking at trees and all the wonderful things that they provide.  After the children listened to the story; A Tree Is Nice the class talked about the trees that they see around their home, what comes from trees and how trees feel.  Using paper and big-chalk our Turtles got to make their own bark rubbings!  Some of the words that were heard: bumpy, smooth, little holes, crunchy and rough as our Turtles made beautiful bark rubbings.  These beautiful rubbings came home today.

Sept 8, 2014

Apples for Our Trees

Over the next few weeks we will be focusing our attention on the upcoming Jewish holiday; Rosh HaShanah (The New Year)!  Today the children enjoyed a new Sammy Spider story called; Sammy Spiders 1st Rosh HaShanah.  Once again little spider, Sammy, wants to do everything that Josh Shapiro does to celebrate the Jewish holidays.  Today Sammy got to try apples and get stuck in honey. Today Our Turtles got to create apples for their trees using their thumbs for the brush and red, yellow or green paint, depending on the color of their favorite apple.  Their trees are covered in apples and soon to be seen on our hallway bulletin board.  Come and check it out!

Sept 4, 2014

The Library Lady Comes to Read

Another special friend that visits THE ONE SCHOOL every month is Ms. Stacy from the Public Library.  Today Ms. Stacy brought in lots of stories about friends!  Ms. Stacy also taught the children the loooooongest finger-play called; 'VISITING!' and the children loved it! 

Sept 3, 2014

MY GYM is Here!

The One School brings in many special programs for our students throughout the year and today MY GYM came to school!  MY GYM is a program that gets the children moving through the use of gymnastics.  Today, Ms. Tanya came with a program all about balance.  The children first warmed up their muscles by moving and dancing with Ms. Tanya.  Ms. Tanya gave our Turtles bean bags to balance and even a balance-boat to walk across.  Then she taught the class the game 'Shrinking Mat' where all the children got to run or skip or walk around the mat when the music was on, and then jump on the mat when the music stopped. After each stopping, the mat got smaller and smaller!

Sept 2, 2014

A Time for Trees

Over the next few months the Turtle class will be spending time looking and talking about trees. The class listened to the story; A Tree Can Be and talked about all the trees in the book. After our lively discussion, the Turtles took a 'field-trip' to look at some of the trees around our school.  The children noticed that some bark was smooth and some bark was bumpy.  After our tree field-trip, the Turtles got busy making their own classroom tree in the artelier room.  Using floppy-moppy brushes

Aug 27, 2014

Music with Mr. Brett

Our school year has just begun and today all the 3's classes got to have music with Mr. Brett!  Music with Mr. Brett is one of the most special weekly events that the Turtles participate in.  Look at the faces of the children and you will see why!

Aug 25, 2014

All About Me!

Today we began our unit 'All About Me'.  The Turtles enjoyed the story; I Like Me about a little girl pig and all the things that she likes about herself.  After the story was read, the Turtles shared with the class the things that they liked about themselves.  Some friends liked the color of their eyes or hair.  Some friends liked their smile and other friends liked being big and strong.  After our discussion each child chose a 'paper person' to color to look just like them.  When the children finished coloring their mini-me, the pictures were posted on our in-class bulletin board.  Come and take a look!

Aug 20, 2014

Our Friend, Sammy Spider

Through out the year, we will be reading stories about the spider, Sammy who wants to do everything Jewish, like his boy, Josh.  The Turtles enjoyed the story; Sammy Spider's First Day of School and then they got busy make their own Sammy spiders.  Our Turtles made their Sammy spider by turning model-magic into 2 balls, 1 big and 1 small.  When their Sammy body was completed, the children chose colorful pipe-cleaners for Sammy's legs and 2 googly-eyes for Sammy's face.  Next the children painted their Sammy lots of colors and Friday the spiders will come home to YOU!

Aug 18, 2014

The Turtle Class First Day of School

Will I make a friend?  YOU BET!!!

Aug 18, 2014
Turtle Class First Day of School

Will I make a friend today?  YOU BET!!

June 2, 2014

Shells All Over

For the last few weeks of school, our sensory table has been filled with shells.  The children were curious to explore the different sizes of the shells, their different colors and shapes.  After a few days, the children added a scale to check out how many shells they could weigh.  Don't be surprised if the next time you are at the beach, your Turtle wants to bring home lots and lots of shells to explore.

May 30, 2014

Turtle Tzedakah

All year the Turtle class has been collecting tzedakah (money) to donate to a worthy cause.  Today the children got to count all the money and decide who they wanted their money to help.  The Turtle class collected $126.97!  The Turtles had lots of good ideas as to who should get the money.  The class voted and the 3 winning causes were; sick children at Jupiter Medical Center, sick turtles at Loggerhead Marine Life Center, and cats and dogs at Peggy Adams Animal Rescue.  Our Turtles have very BIG hearts!

May 27, 2014

The Circle of Life

Today the Turtle class got to complete 'the circle of life' in regards to sunflowers.  In January we planted sunflower seeds in the Pre-school garden and by March, the seeds had turned into tall plants. By April the plants had sprouted flowers and by May the flowers were full of seeds.  The flowers were so full of seeds, that the local squirrels tried to eat all the seeds.  BUT...the Turtles were quick and we brought in a flower that was still full of seeds and we saved them!  Today, we brought the sunflower seeds back to the garden and we planted and watered new sunflowers from our old school-grown sunflowers.  We hope they grow up soon!

May 27, 2014

Where are the Ants?

All year long the Turtles have been looking at the ABC's and singing ABC songs, and writing our ABC's and playing with flash-card ABC's and magnets ABC's!  Today the children had fun with their ABC's and ants!  In the story; Max's ABC's, Max lets his ants escape from his ant farm and cause all kinds of problems at his house.  Our Turtles also wanted to have some ABC ant fun and that's what they did.   Everyone got a tray to decorate to become the home for their ants.  Everyone then got a lot of ants to color and cut out.  Then the children put their ants in their ant farm and the teacher snapped on a tight plastic cover to make sure the ants would not escape!   When all the ant farms were completed,  the Turtles sang 'The Ants Go Marching' song as we marched around our rug shaking our ant farms to give our ants some exercise!

May 23, 2014

Happy Fathers Day!

We love our Daddies! 

May 22, 2014

My Very Own Octopus

Today the Turtle class enjoyed the story; My Very Own Octopus about boy who wants an octopus for a pet.  The Turtles wanted their very own octopus, too.  To create an octopus, the children put their hands together so that their thumbs overlapped,and then the teacher traced their hands.  Once the hands were traced, our Turtles got busy making their octopus stand out!  When everyone finished coloring their octopus, and cut it out, they were attached to a craft stick. Listening to 'ocean-sounds' music, the children had their octopus swimming to the melody of the sea.

May 21, 2014

The Turtles and Mr. Gumpy

Our 'just for fun' activity today was acting out the story; Mr. Gumpy's Outing.  This story is about Mr. Gumpy and his boat ride down the river taking many animals and children with him.  Our Turtles turned this story into a play.  Every child picked a character from the story out of a bag of names.  All the children who were animals asked the child who was Mr. Gumpy if they could come in the boat.  Mr. Gumpy said yes and soon his boat was full with friends.  Things got a little too busy in the boat, and the boat tipped over and all the friends fell into the river.  Everyone swam to shore and walked back to Mr. Gumpy's house for tea and cookies.

Can we come in the boat, Mr. Gumpy?

Oh no, the boat tipped over and we fell in the water!

 We will get dry as we walk through the field back to Mr. Gumpy's house

for tea and cookies!

May 20, 2014

Just for Fun!

Today the Turtle class enjoyed listening to the story: Under the Table about a little girl and what she plays with under the family room table.  Our Turtles wanted to color 'under the table' just like Hannah in the story.  Every child was given a piece of paper taped to the underside of our green classroom table.  Using triangle shaped crayons, that would not roll away, the Turtles created beautiful pictures with lots of colors 'under the table'.

May 12, 2014

Light and Rainbows

Ms. Nikki from HIGH TOUCH HIGH TECH came to the Turtle class with a program about light.  She asked the children if they thought there was a rainbow in light and then she gave them special glasses to see a rainbow when the class looked into a flashlight beam.  Ms. Nikki also gave the children magic beads that turned color when the suns ultraviolet light fell on the beads.  The class also saw what happens when a flashlight shines on a heat pad...MORE RAINBOWS!

May 9, 2014

Our Mothers Day Celebration

We love you Mommy, oh yes we do
We don't love anyone as much as you
When you're not with me, I'm blue
Oh Mommy I LOVE YOU!!

Thank you to all the Mommies who could come to celebrate with us!

May 6, 2014

Happy Birthday Israel

Today the Turtle class celebrated Israel's 66th birthday!  In honor of Israel's birthday the Turtle class got to enjoy the story; Sammy Spider's 1st Trip to Israel.  The children noticed that Sammy did things that they did...like fly in a plane, go to the beach and taste cucumbers, watermelon and olives.  After the story, the children had fun making their own Israeli flag.  Using blue crayons and Jewish star tracers, every child created an Israeli flag.  When all the flags were completed we marched around the room singing Happy Birthday to Israel.  When it was time to have Hebrew with Ms. Ruti the Turtles marched down the hall waving their flags.  During Hebrew class the Turtles got to march with their flags as they sang Hebrew songs!

May 5, 2014

Mommy and ME!

The Turtle class is still thinking a lot about mommies! The children enjoyed a story about mommies every day last week and they will enjoy a mommy story every day this week. Today our story was; Mama do you love me? about a little girl and the silly things she says she will do to see if her mama will still love her. Our Turtles shared what they like to do with their mom and then they put their words into a 'mommy and me' picture.  All the pictures were collected into a 'Turtle Class and Mommy' book for all our classmates to read and share.

May 1  2014

A Flower Named for ME!

Flowers and spring are still a topic of conversation with the Turtles. The children enjoyed listening to the story; Chrysanthemum about a little girl mouse who is named after a flower.  Our Turtles loved the idea of having a flower with their name, and that is what they created today.  Using a dot markered coffee filter for the outside petals of their flower, our Turtles colored tissue paper pieces to become the inside petals of their flower.  Beads were added to a pipe cleaner to create the center of the flower and to become the stem.  The flowers are just beautiful and as individual as the child who made it!

April 30, 2014

What's Jumpin' in Our Sensory Table?

For the month of April, there have been lots and lots of frogs in our sensory table.  The Turtles got busy right away organizing the frogs. Some of the children enjoyed lining up the frogs around the edge of the sensory table.  Some children liked sorting the frogs by color and or size. When a scale was added to the sensory table some of our Turtles chose to weigh the frogs.  It was a jumpin' good time this month!

April 29, 2014

Sunflower Inspiration

This morning the Turtle class went into the garden to really look at our sunflowers.  The children noticed how tall the flowers were and the colors of the sunflower.  After looking at the flowers up close, the children got to paint outside, their version of the sunflower! ALL the Turtles used green, yellow and brown paint. Everyone interpreted the sunflower in their own unique way. Come and see how YOUR child interpreted their sunflower!   

April 28, 2014

A Project for Someone Special!

Today the Turtle class worked on a project for someone very special in their house. The entire class went to the Atelier room to work on our special project.  Our Turtles got to use their thumb, pointer finger and pinky finger to create beautiful designs!  Each child chose the colors they liked best and that is why each vase is beautifully different!

April 24, 2014

Flutter By Butterfly

Butterflies were the focus on spring today in the Turtles class.  The children enjoyed looking at the pictures in the story; Backyard Insects.  Our children have noticed lots of butterflies flying around the garden going from flower to flower collecting pollen.  Today the Turtles made beautiful butterflies using brown and white coffee filters with dots markers to create their butterfly wings.  When the filters were dry, the children chose a colored pipe-cleaner to wrap around the wings to become their butterflies body and antenna. When all the butterflies were complete, our Turtles hung them above their arm/hand flower that they finished yesterday.  ALL of their creations can be enjoyed by coming to see our hallway bulletin board!

April 23, 2014

Turtle Flower Power

Continuing with our spring theme, today we talked about flowers. On our many trips to the garden, our Turtles have noticed that there are lots of different flowers growing in our garden.  The children noticed that the flowers have different colored petals and shapes. Using their hand/arm print as the basis for their flower, every child gave petals to their flower using their fingers to make stamped finger prints all around their hand.Every flower turned out beautiful and different just like the Turtles themselves.  Come and see your child's flower sprouting up under our Family Tree hallway bulletin board!

April 22, 2014

Spiders and Spring

This week the Turtle class is all about spring!  Today we focused on spiders and why they appear at this time of year.  The children enjoyed the book; Are You A Spider? which talked about what makes a spider a spider.  Our Turtles were excited to learn that spiders have 8 legs and 8 eyes and that they eat bad bugs and have lots of babies and that's why we see so many spiders now. The class had fun today creating their own colorful spider with 8 pipe-cleaner legs and 8 googly eyes. When the spiders were completed, they were hung on our 'spider-line' in front of our eagle tree. 

When we went outside on our play space, we brought magnifying glasses so that everyone could look for spiders in the bushes.


April 18, 2014

Inch by Inch

Our final story celebrating the Week of the Young Child was Leo Lionni's Inch by Inch.  This is the story of an inch worm who escapes being eaten by measuring the birds that want to eat him.
The Turtles wanted to measure their world after listening to the story.  Every child was given a piece of inch-sized paper to draw an insect on.  Their paper insects were attached to a craft stick and then the Turtles were given a work sheet that asked them to measure; an arm, a foot, a book and a friend.  Measuring today was loads of fun!

April 17, 2014

A Color of His Own

Today the Turtles enjoyed another Leo Lionni story; A Color of His Own.  This is the story of a chameleon who wants to not change colors, but keep one color of his own.  Our Turtles noticed that when you are one color and stay on the same color you are camouflaged.  The children also noticed that by being camouflaged an animal could not eat you.  The Turtles colored their own chameleon one color and then toured our classroom to find where their chameleon would be camouflaged.

April 16, 2014

Celebrating the Week of the Young Child

During the 'Week of the Young Child' we choose and author that we really like.  The Turtle class author is Leo Lionni.  Today the children enjoyed the story; Little Blue and Little Yellow about 2 best friend colors and what happens when they hug and hug and hug.  Our Turtles wanted to see what happened when they combined friend blue with friend yellow!  Look and see what happened!

The children created their own green, just like in the story.

April 14, 2014

The Turtle Class Makes Matzah
Using only flour and water...in 18 minutes..

On Pesach we eat matzah
Lots and lots of matzah
It's yummy in my tummy

Lots and lots of matzah!

April 10, 2014

The Turtle Class Makes Charoset
Using apples, raisins, dried cherries, bananas, and applesauce

On Pesach we eat charoset
Chop, chop, chop, chop charoset
It's yummy in my tummy
Chop, chop, chop, chop charoset!

April 8, 2014

Passover in Dramatic Play

Passover has come to our dramatic play area.  Our dress up clothes have been switched over to long 'tunics' and head coverings.  Our Turtles had fun finding all the frog puppets and taking out all the foods from our kitchen that are 'bread'. The children were very busy playing 'Passover' with their friends all morning.

April 8, 20
Frogs are Jumping Everywhere!

We are still focusing our attention on the next Jewish holiday; Passover.  Today the Turtles enjoyed the story: The Littlest Frog which is all about Pharaoh and the 2nd plague; FROGS!  Our Turtles wanted to have froggy fun too!  Every child chose an origami frog to color with markers.  When the frogs were all colored each child had the fun of making their frog jump or flip. After lots of origami frog activity, our Turtles got to try being frogs themselves.  The class had lots of laughing fun as they pretended to be 'frogs here, frogs there, frogs were jumping everywhere'!

April 7, 2014

Helping with Our Passover Program

Our Turtle class is very excited to be involved in creating some of the materials for our Passover program this Wednesday.  The Turtles are helping to paint some of the scenery: pyramids. The children also created centerpieces for our Seder table: fringing grass colored paper for baby Moses' basket.

April 7, 2014

Make New Paper from Old Paper

Today Ms. Nikki from HIGH TOUCH HIGH TECH came to the Turtle class with a program about recycling.  Ms. Nikki gave each student a lump of wet paper that she made by mixing up recycled papers and water in a blender.  After everyone got their lump, the children sprinkled glitter over their lump and mashed the lump flat with their hands. Our Turtles made the lump even flatter with a rolling pin. The new paper is now drying in our room.  When it is all dry, the children will bring home the sparkle paper to create something new from something old.

April 3, 2014

Passover Fun

One of the best things about the holiday of Passover is that it has lots of silly and fun songs.  One of the Passover songs that our Turtles like best is the NO! NO! NO! Pharaoh song.  In this song, the children get to pretend be the Hebrew slaves begging and they also get to be mean Pharaoh and say NO!  Today EVERYONE got to be a slave and Pharaoh!  Ask your child to teach you this fun Passover song!

April 3, 2014

Planting Flower Seeds

A few weeks ago, the Turtle class collected spent marigold flowers from our garden. We let the spent blooms dry in our room until they felt crunchy like cornflakes. Today every child was given their own spent flower to take apart and reveal the seeds.  Each seed was attached to a flower petal. The Turtles walked around our garden looking for just the right spot to plant their seeds.  Once the class had completed one trip around the garden, our Turtles then went to the spot they liked best and planted their seeds.

April 1, 2014

Beautifying the Mitzvah of Passover

Today our Turtles added jewels to the Seder plates they created yesterday.  Each jewel was picked with care by the children. Ms. Linda aided each child, adding a drop of glue, as the child chose just the right spot to place their jewel.

Mar 31, 2014

Let's Decorate Our Seder Plate

We have begun our focus on the next Jewish holiday; Passover. This holiday celebrates the Jewish peoples freedom from Pharaoh and slavery in Egypt.  Today the children chose from 6 different designs the one that they liked best for their Seder plate.  Once the design was chosen our Turtles used beautiful water color paints to make their Seder plate festive.

Mar 27, 2014

Marbles in Our Sensory Table

The month of March brought lots and lots of marbles to our sensory table.  Some of the marbles were made of glass and others of wood. Our Turtles enjoyed sorting them, weighing them and matching them to the colors of the containers they brought to the table.

Mar 27, 2014

Going on a Bear Hunt

take pictures with my camera
go through the wheat field

walk down the road

go over the bridge

 climb up the tree
 climb down the tree
row the boat across the water

I see 2 eyes and a big furry body it's a bear...take a p p picture!


  1. Love the paper dolls and all the amazing pics!! What a wonderful idea:) Thanks for bringing us into your classroom! :)Yael

  2. I love the video of the singing turtle doing the motzie! can we get it up on the main website? David