Our first two weeks of school have been quite busy. The children have quickly acclimated to their new routine and are already thriving in so many areas. We spent time discussing our classroom expectations, the children's responsibilities, and getting acquainted with the different centers in the classroom.
What a great way to start the new school year by focusing on the theme, "New Beginnings." We discussed with the children things that happen at the start of a new year, from making new friends, meeting new teachers, and establishing new expectations and goals for the self. The children experienced P.E for the first time with Coach Danny, using hula hoops and playing hopscotch--they were very busy. Music with Maestro Kates was filled with singing holiday songs. This theme led us right into Rosh Hashanah, a holiday of new beginnings. It is the beginning of the Jewish year. We mentioned to the children that Rosh Hashanah is the birthday of the world, and like our birthdays, it only comes once a year.
We read many stories but especially enjoyed the book, "Engineer Ari and the Rosh Hashanah Ride." This book skillfully introduced the traditional symbols of Rosh Hashanah and taught lessons on friendship and introspection. As this can be hard for children to understand, we explained it in ways that made sense to them. The children became aware that Rosh Hashanah is not just about dipping apples in honey, blowing the shofar, and gathering at the Temple with their family, but it is also about taking the opportunity to look inward and work on things they want to do better, "Teshuvah." The gem of the holiday is that it allows you to put a mirror in front of you, you look at yourself face to face and think about how you want to change. We discussed concepts such as sharing, being kind to family and friends, and the notion that everyone makes mistakes.
In the classroom, the children had the opportunity to draw different symbols of the holiday, apples and honey, a shofar, and a Torah. As they closely studied and explored the objects, they communicated their feelings and ideas. As we asked questions such as what colors they saw, shapes they noticed, there was much dialogue. We ended the week visiting with Rabbi Josh and celebrating Shabbat with the Tavokoli family. Thanks for joining us, a memorable experience enjoyed by all.
Lindsay and Vera
Sept 20th- Please send your child in white clothes- EARLY DISMISSAL NOON
Sept 21st- N0 SCHOOL
Sept 22nd-NO SCHOOL