Friday, November 15, 2013

It is Chanukah Time!

Anxiously awaiting Chanukah!

Morah Tzivie: What are some thing we have at Chanukah?
Sroli: Donuts!
Efraim: Latkes!
Morah Tzivie: What else do we have? What is this?
Gracie: Menorah!
Morah Tzivie: What is this?
Judah: Menorah!
MOrah Tzivie: What is this?
Ari: Menorah!
Morah Tzivie: How many nights do we light the menorah?
Judah: 8.
Morah Tzivie: On the first night we light the shamash - it's job is to light the menorah- and we light one candle.  Let's pretend it's the 6th night of Chanukah, how many candles will we light?
Gracie: 6!
Our classroom is filled with crafts and games to help us prepare for Chanukah.
 Making menorahs and dreidels from play dough.
Ari: My dreidel doesn't spin well.
 Sponge painting.
Spin the dreidel and write the letter!
Counting candles for menorah craft.
Morah Katie: How many candles will you need Sofia?
Sofia: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9.
Morah Katie: How many flames for your candles?
Sofia: 9!
 Spinning our dreidel strawberries at snack.
Pretending to make latkes and 
comparing different real potatoes.
Building our own model of the Beit HaMikdash, Holy Temple.

Morah Tzivie: What mitzvot do you think the Jewish people did so long ago?
Gracie: Share flowers.
Morah Tzivie: Sharing.
Sroli: Bees made honey.
Morah Tzivie: Honey for Rosh Hashana.
Efraim: Make Challah.
Morah Tzivie: Challah for Shabbat dinners.
They would also visit the Beit HaMikdash for holidays.
The big tall menorah would be lit each day.
BUT then there was a King, who said: 
Oh no! But what do you think the children did?
Our Gan friends pretended to be the brave Jewish children:

Morah Tzivie: Those smart kids tricked the Greeks, and kept studying the Torah! 
on the dreidel there is a nun, gimmel and shin which reminds us: 
Nes gadol haya sham/ A great miracle happened there. 
We play dreidel to remind us of those brave Jewish kids!

 Morah Katie: Natan, Scout can you tell Jack why there is a cave in our classroom?
Natan: The Greek soldiers said no torahs!
Scout: The kids played dreidel.
Natan: (giggling) They tricked Them!

Morah Tzivie shared with us about how the Jewish army lead by Judah Macabee chased the Greeks away.  
Morah Tzivie: The Jewish people were so happy, they went to light the big menorah in the Holy Temple.  And when they got there, they were so disappointed to see the big MESS the Greeks had made. Things were broken, oil was spilt.   They we so grateful to Hashem for helping them chase away the Greeks, they decided to look oil to light the menorah for at least one day.
They found some and it was JUST enough for that day. 
But do you know what happened the next morning?
Gracie: The Oil was Still there!!
Morah Tzivie: That's right! The great miracle was the oil lasted for 8 days!
We lit a cup of oil to see how long it would last. After playtime, it was 2/3 done.

Morah Katie: What holiday is happening in this puzzle?
Sroli: Chanukah
Morah Katie: How do you know it is Chanukah?
Gracie: The menorah
Isaac: The dreidel
Morah Katie: What night of Chanukah is it?
Anton: The fourth night.
Morah Katie: How can you tell?
 Gracie: The candles.

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