Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Nun Gimmel Hey and Shin,
watch my dreidle spin and spin

The week before winter break is an active one!
We created snowflakes, and with the cut out scraps made a snowstorm for our animals.

We used a feather pen to be scribes and practice our writing.
We had turtles roaming the classroom.
There is always time for puppet theatre.
We played board games, Snowman snowman where's your nose? and Red light Green light!
In the midst of all these activites and games, we discovered just how much we know about Chanukah.
Morah Tzivie: What was the great miracle that happened?
Noah: Chanukah!
Morah Tzivie: Where did this miracle happen?
Dena: In the big room they cleaned up.
Morah Tzive: Yes, the Jewish people cleaned up and made the Beit Hamikdash beautiful, where was the holy temple?
Ben: In Israel!
Morah Tzivie: Which people did the Maccabee's chase away?
Ben: The Greeks
Morah Tzivie: What was the king's name?
Levi: King Antiochus
Morah Tzivie: After the great miracle of the Maccabee's chasing the Greeks away, what other miracle happened?
Tori: The Candles
Morah Tzivie; Today we use candles, what did they use long ago?
Levi/Dena/Ben: Oil
Morah Tzivie: Was there alot of oil?
Kian: No
Morah Tzivie: How many days did the oil last?
All the children: 8 Days!

Morah Tzivie: What do we do today celebrate and remember the great miracle?
Tori: Play dreidel
Morah Tzivie: We play dreidel, what are the letters on the dreidel?
Noah: Nun
Kian: Gimmel
Levi: Hey and shin.
Morah Tzivie: The letters on the dreidel say Nes Gadol Hayah Sham. Which means?
Levi: A great miracle happened there.
Morah Tzivie: The there is where?
Ben: Israel.
Morah Tzivie: What else do we do to celebrate?
Tori: Light the Menorah
Morah Tzivie: Many people will place their menorah in a window to help remind people of the miracle.
Noah: If we put it outside by the gate people can see it better!

Morah Tzivie: We also eat yummy treats to remind us of the miracle. What treats do we eat?
Dena: Latkes!
Levi: Donuts!
Noah: What about birthday cakes and cupcakes?
Morah Tzivie; Those are sweet treats also, but the treats we eat for chanukah are all cooked with what?
Tori: Ingredients!
Morah Tzivie: After all the ingredients are mixed what are the treats cooked in?
Ben: Oil!

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