On Wednesday, we jumped right into the short week with a cooking project. We used the left over cream cheese from last week’s snack to try out our Oreo Cheesecake recipe. Instead of only using regular Oreos, we thought we would try out the recipe mixing chocolate cookie with Golden Oreos. Kora, Wynter, Skyler and Ayla worked hard to crush up lots of Oreo cookies! We put a couple of cookies in a few Ziploc bags, and the girls used all their strength to make crumbs of the cookies. Then, we mixed the crumbs with butter and pressed it into a square baking dish. Some more friends joined these girls in making the cheesecake filling. Paisley showed the girls how to hold the mixer, while she whipped the heavy whipping cream until peaks formed. Ella joined the group and helped the rest of the girls add sugar, vanilla, lemon juice, and of course, the cream cheese. We mixed all the ingredients together and then, folded in the whipped cream. The girls decorated the top of the cheesecake with more Oreo bits and crumbs. Since this was a no-bake recipe, we refrigerated the cheesecake for a few hours and the class enjoyed a delicious treat at the end of the day!
We continued with our topic on “Ethics” and read another book related to this concept. Last week, we read 3 books to the children that all brought up different examples of ethical questions. After discussing the importance of these 3 books with the kids, we finally introduced the title and main idea of these books, “Ethics”. Ask your child what they think “ethics” means. All of the books we read to the children touched on the idea of right vs. wrong and important values that we should focus on in everyday life. For instance, Elliot explained that Martin Luther King Jr. wanted everyone to be friends, which highlights the value of friendship. Kayden describe d “being ethical” as being nice to others since that is also another goal of Martin Luther King Jr. Ethics is an important concept that can be linked to any classroom topic and everyday experiences. It is essential that the developing child be introduced to this vocabulary and begins to understand the meaning and importance of ethics. We will continue to connect the idea of ethics, various values, and the concept of the right thing versus the wrong thing in future class discussions and activities.
Teacher Aaliyah read another book to the class titled, A Sack Full of Feathers, which brings up another ethical thought. This story teaches the children an important lesson in gossiping and spreading rumors. While this is a complicated concept for 4-5 year old children, we discussed this idea on the level of what happens in the classroom when one friend might keep a secret from another, or when friends tell false stories to their peers. Ask your child if they think it is okay to tell secrets. Then, follow that first question with, “How does it make you feel if you are not in on the secret?” While gossip and rumors seem to be a natural part of social order, we can continue to help break the chain by teaching the values of respect at an early age.
We are excited for a full week of school next week to dive further into Ethics and begin our discussion on the holiday of Tu B’Shevat. Thank you to Mason’s family for joining our classroom Shabbat celebration this week. Mason was very excited to have his family share this experience with him!
Shabbat Shalom and have a great weekend!
Mari & Aaliyah
Shabbat Family Schedule:
1. 2/3- Tot Shabbat AND Wise School Gala
2. 2/5-2/9- Father and Grandfather’s Week – events TBA
3. 2/9- All School Shabbat for Father’s and Grandfather’s – 11am in ZH
4. 2/12-2/16- EC Picture Week (Room 8 classroom picture day TBA)
5. 2/19- No school President’s Day
6. 2/20- No school PD Day
7. 2/23- Beit Issie Farmers Market