Room 8 had a wonderful week celebrating Hanukkah with all of our families. We enjoyed performing the Hanukkah songs for the parents and are so proud of the children for doing such a great job after all that practice! The children loved all of the food including the latkes, bagels, fruit, homemade Hanukkah cookies (Thanks Grayson!), and of course, the gelt. Our favorite part was lighting the many hanukkiyahs as an entire class. What a special moment to see the flickering candles and be singing in unison. It was a beautiful celebration, and we are lucky to have you all as a part of Room 8.
We continued our Hanukkah celebration through the week by playing dreidel with the children and making dreidels. The children reviewed the four dreidel symbols, Gimel, Nun, He, and Shin. They each got the chance to spin a big wooden dreidel. Brayden, Avital and Grayson landed on Gimel! Unfortunately, Julian and Sasha were not as lucky as their dreidel landed on Nun both times they spun it. The game of dreidel does not only reflect the holiday of Hanukkah, but it also reinforces the values of patience, teamwork, and sportsmanship. Each must wait patiently for their turn to spin and understand that they might not land on the symbol in which they desire. In addition to playing the game, the children had the opportunity to make their own dreidels. We used Plasticine clay and pressed it into a small wooden square with a small stick. They chose a variety of colors and took their time to press and smash the clay around the wooden spin toy. Ask your child to teach you how to play dreidel using their very own new crafty dreidels.
Thank you to Kate’s family for joining us for Shabbat this week. We want to thank you for the beautiful plant and a lovely time singing the prayers and eating challah.
We wish you all a wonderful weekend, Shabbat Shalom, and last couple nights of Hanukkah!
Mari and Aaliyah
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