Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Building sukkahs everywhere

A look at this week:
Although a short week, we had lots of activities going on this week at The Gan! On Tuesday we spent some time watching the building of the sukkah. Then we went inside and built our own sukkah in the play area with the pipes. Later in the morning we made the walls and added the sechach. This was then available on Wednesday to play with and we even had people and a table to use in it. In the meantime, we also sorted colored items and sukkahs in our math area, worked on our Sukkah book pages in writing, and even made sukkahs out of popsicle sticks. On Wednesday we received a big box that we made into a classroom sukkah by cutting a door in it, decorating and painting it. Throughout the entire week, one of our morning exploration activities was making paper chains for decorations. However, the children were supposed to put the pieces together in a pattern. Before we painted the sukkah we experimented with primary color mixing and eventually learned that yellow and red make orange and orange and blue make brown. There was also a container of nature that was brought into the classroom for the children to use the science tools to look at and learn about it. We also continued our pattern learning by using apples and bananas during snack one day to make ab and abb patterns before eating them!

Conversations from the week:
During circle time this week, while only two children were present, we had our normal weekly discussion about jobs and activities that we are going to do for the week in the different centers. Here is the conversation about the activities:
Morah: What’s the next holiday?
Mussie: Sukkas
Morah: And…what do we do on Sukkot?
Mussies: Uh…we build a sukkah.
Morah: We build a sukkah.
Mussie: We have a real sukkah!
Morah: You do?
Levi: Those look like ice things.
Morah: You are right Levi. They look like they are from popsicles because they are called popsicle sticks. What do you think we can do with popsicle sticks for sukkot?
Mussie: We could build them like a sukkah or a chuppah.
Morah: And what do you think we need to use with it?
Mussie: We can glue!
Morah: So that’s in the art area for our art activity. What do you think these are?
Mussie: Um…sukkahs.
Morah: They are sukkahs. Now look…
Mussie: Oh that’s little ones.
Morah: These look like little sukkahs but they are not really. They go inside the sukkah. What are they?
Mussie: A window. A door. We go through our door in the backyard cause we build our sukkah in the backyard.
Morah: And sometimes we put things on it, what do you think it could be?
Mussie: A table!
Morah: And what are these that I am putting on the table?
Levi: Candles!
Morah: They’re candles. Good job Levi. And what’s this?
Mussie: Kiddush
Morah: A Kiddush cup and look…
Mussie: A chain for the sukkah.
Morah: This is going to be at the math area.
Mussie: Can I go to math today?
Morah: Maybe. What is going to happen is you are going to sort the items to go with the correct sukkahs. And then look. Do you know what that says?
Mussie: B
Morah B is for blue
Mussie: Green…yellow….purple.
Morah: So you also need to match the words. One of the other things I want you to do is … look what I brought in. You can use magnifying glasses and the scale when you look at these. I also made special papers that we are going to use to make class pages about the sukkahs.

Working on a Sukkah page

Mixing paint colors

Fruit patterns during snack

Painting our sukkah!
Inside our sukkah!

Decorating the sukkah!

Playing with nature

Finishing the little sukkah

Taking play time to build a sukkah

Watching the building of the sukkah
A look at next week:
Next week we are going to focus on some more writing of letters and working with numbers 1 to 7. The children will have the chance to experiement with feather writing as we also talk about the celebration of Simchat Torah.

Last week's music during Shabbat

Last week's Shabbat Ema

Last week's Shabbat Abba

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