We continue to celebrate and learn about the Birthday of the Trees, otherwise known as Tu B’Shevat. This week we read three more books related to the holiday. First, we read Netta and Her Plant, which highlighted the life of a little girl who plants a tree. The children understood that trees, like people, grow with age. The tree starts as a seed and slowly grows taller, just like humans. The children compared a tree to a human and found that there are more similarities than we thought. This might sound like a funny comparison, but ask your child to tell you the similarities because there are lot more than you think!
We also read the books A Tree is Nice and Dear Tree to emphasize how important trees are in our lives. The children learned that there are many different kinds of trees. There are similarities in what each tree gives to us, but there are also many differences between the trees. For instance, Brayden explained how one tree gives us apples, while Jordan shared that other trees can provide us with olives. Sasha understood that all trees give us paper and oxygen, and Julian said, “All trees give us wood to make these tables!” The children showed an in depth understanding of the importance of trees and how we cannot live without them for many reasons. Due to the rain all week, we were not able to go outside and explore the large variety of trees on campus. Next week, we are excited to go on a nature walk and conduct a new art activity outside.
The children were introduced to the Tu B’Shevat seder items, each of which symbolizes the beginning of the agricultural year in Israel. Ask your child if they can name one of these and where it comes from. This holiday helps us connect with Israel to celebrate the time in which fruit begins to form after surviving the hardest part of winter. Next week, we will get to experience a true Tu B’Shevat celebration by trying the first 12 fruits that begin to blossom in Israel. These include figs, grapes, olives, dates, and pomegranates. We are excited for the children to have the opportunity to try an abundance of fruits next week at our Pre-K Tu B’Shevat celebration.
In light of the heavy rain, Room 8 got creative this week with our in-room activities! Whether we were playing the new numbers Zingo or dominoes, or passing the ball during a game of Categories, or partaking in a new mixed media art project with tape and pastels, the children were quite busy all week. While we kept ourselves occupied, we are looking forward to better weather next week so that we can spend some more time in nature in honor of Tu B’Shevat.
We wish everyone a Shabbat Shalom and have a wonderful long weekend!
Mari and Aaliyah
- 1/21- No School for MLK Day
- 2/2 – Wise School Gala
- 2/4-8- Father and Grandfather’s Week – schedule TBA very soon!
- 2/8- Father and Grandfather ALL School Shabbat- 11:30am
- 2/18-19- No School for President’s Day
Shabbat Family Schedule:
- January 25- Blake
- February 1- Julian
- February 8- Grayson