It has been a joy to watch the children retell the Purim story in Hebrew with their friends. They remembered that King Achashverosh promised Queen Esther everything, “ad chatzi hamalchut” (up to half the kingdom); Esther told Achashverosh her “shem amiti” (real name), Hadassah, and that Vashti tzricha lalechet (must go away). The children have been using the props as they take turns acting out the different characters of the megillah. They also learned a new verse to the 1, 2, 3, Ani Achashverosh song.
In their Purim journal pages, the children shared their words about what concepts and parts of the story resonated with them about Purim.
“Mordechai was so good. He tried to save the land and he said that he would not bow to Haman. That’s because he only bows down when we say the prayers.”
“I chose Mordechai Hayehudi because I like him from the story. He is a good man. He told Esther to go to the party even though she didn’t think the king would pick her, and he did!”
“Queen Esther is very beautiful.” “I think she was so brave.” “She was the hero of the story!” “She was the best girl in the world. She married the king and she was sweet. I like that she does good stuff like help the Jewish people.” “She represents strength and courage.”
“She’s so brave and beautiful, and she protects all her people from bad stuff - Jewish people like me.”
“Queen Vashti didn’t want to go to the party. Sometimes it’s OK to say no.” “Vashti wouldn’t go to the party. I think that it’s lo beseder (not ok) because if it’s your wife, you should go to your husband’s party.”
“I like Vashti. Sometimes, when things are a bit dangerous, you have to say, no!”
“I chose King Achashverosh because he is the king of the whole story. And because he was part of who saved the Jews from Haman.” “Achashverosh is a good guy. He also wears a crown. He liked to have a lot of parties.”
“Haman haya lo tov (wasn’t good) because he wanted to get rid of the Jews and he wanted everyone to bow down to him and no one did. Then he got really mad!”
“Haman wanted to get rid of all the Jews, but instead he was sent away.” “Haman was the king’s helper and he’s supposed to help. He wasn’t nice to the Jewish people.”
For our Jewish artists unit, we explored the art of Italian painter and sculptor, Amedeo Modigliani. Modigliani was known his use of elongated faces, necks and facial features. We introduced the Hebrew word diyukan (portrait) and showed the children pictures of Modigliani’s portraits. One child explained that a diyukan is “when someone paints a person, but it’s mostly your face.” Another child noted that “all the people in the pictures have sad eyes.” The children worked to create drawings kmo (like) Modigliani. They sat in pairs, taking turns to sit and draw the other partner’s portraits with colored pencils. Some of the children found that drawing with specific characteristics of elongated features more challenging than the floating symbols and dreams of Chagall and the shapes and abstract art of Agam. However, they enjoyed working with their partners and took careful time with their drawings. They also worked in small groups, each with an individual mirror, to draw self-portraits in the style of Modigliani’s art. Other vocabulary words were muarach – elongated, and tzavar – neck. Next week we will work on creating sculptures like Modigliani.
During P.E with coach Danny, the children worked on strengthening their hand-eye and foot-eye coordination with a game of Rolling Dodgeball.
Yoga with Cheryl was a wonderful way for the children to breathe and stretch. They practiced the Lunge, Cobra, Cobbler, and Plank poses.
S’Torah Time with Rabbi Josh was exciting! Together, he and children told the Purim story interactively and with great animation! The children also sang Purim songs for Rabbi Josh.
During Music with Ditza, the children enjoyed wearing costumes of all the characters, including a leytzan (clown), as they sang Purim songs.
Thank you to Olivia and family for helping us usher in Shabbat.
- PICTURE DAY for PRE-K is this Monday, March 18th
- Jacob’s Library Day is March 20th
- Save the date: The Room 1 Passover Seder will be on April 10th, at 9:15 am. Please note that the Seder is for the Room 1 children and parents only (no siblings).
March 19th – 25th is Purim Dress-Up Fun Week:
o Tuesday, March 19th: Superhero Day
o Wednesday, March 20th: Wacky Hair Day
o Thursday, March 21st: Purim Character Day
o Friday, March 22nd: Choose Your Costume Day
o Monday, March 25th: Pajama Day (Pre-K)
Shoshi and Meirav