Thursday, June 11, 2015

It has been a wonderful year.

I asked my friends to tell me a few things they may have learned this year.

Amelia M: When you mix yellow with red it makes orange.
Sroli: Red, Yellow and blue together make brown.
Evan: Yellow and yellow make yellow.
Abigail: Black and white make gray.
Amelia M: Yellow and blue make green.

Anton: Jupiter is a planet.
Judah: Pluto use to be a planet.
Morah Katie: It is called a dwarf planet now.
Abigail: It is so far away, it isn't even in our classroom, it is in the other building.
Sroli: It is small.
Evan: You can bounce on the moon.
Sroli: Mars has a robot on it and Venus is stinky.
Judah: The one with rings is Saturn.
Amelia M: The rings of Saturn are made of ice.
Natan: The SUN is a star.
Sroli: The hottest stars are blue.

Community helpers
Sroli: Community helpers help people.
Isaac: Policemen save our cities.
Sroli: Chefs help cook food so then the people can eat it.
Judah: Garbage collectors take trash away and make people so happy.
Isaac: Nurses help people and take their blood.
Sroli: Doctors check your whole body and sometimes look inside at your bones.
Judah: Some doctors help birth babies.
Sroli: Veterinarians help animals with tools to take things out of their belly.
Natan: Preschoolers share tzedakah.

Abigail: On Purim we remember the Jewish people and Queen Esther.
Sroli: When we hear Haman we shake the gragger.
Amelia: On Passover we celebrate that the Jewish people are free.
Sroli: On Chanukah we light the menorah AND on Tu B'Shevat we eat special foods from Israel.
Anton: We eat apples and honey at Rosh Hashanah.
Judah: We get the Torah on Shavout.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone Sunday. 
My young artist friends have been creating some wonderful pieces of art to share.
These self portraits required attention to detail and focus.
Each child's portrait is a masterpiece and a reflection of the wonderful child he/she is.
It is a privilege to spend our day with your children, thank you for entrusting them to us at The Gan.

Friday, June 5, 2015

What to do in the last 2 weeks of school? 
Watch and listen.
 Evan: Ok Ari, you have to be careful..... YEAH! YOU DID IT!
 It is always nice to enjoy a book.
 Natan: I am a master builder.  I'm building an airport.
Morah Katie: That is quite an airport, and everything is awesome.
 Ari: It's a good thing I can fix these chairs. People would fall.
Morah Katie: That is a good thing, thanks for looking out for your friends.
 Clara: Ok Matan, this is the soup, and it's hot so you need to be careful.
Matan: I don't like it.
Clara: You really should try it. And be careful it is hot.
Matan: I don't like it.
Clara: Do you want carrots? 
Matan: I don't like it.
Clara: I don't know what to feed you then.
Matan: Ok.
 Amelia: Morah Katie, I forgot that things that grow have roots and then the plant stem started growing roots.
Morah Katie: Amelia I noticed that the stem had sprouted roots also! That stem is from the flowers you brought us. The flowers are gone but the greenery is ready to be planted, it keeps giving.
Amelia: Yeah, like plants do.
 Isaac: I didn't know what I wanted to make and then I decided I could make a bracelet so I did.
 A card game between friends.
 Olivia: I am really good at writing my name! I know it's an "O" and an "L"!
And it is a pretty good "L".
 Amelia: I am drawing a potato girl. These are her eyes, but she will need legs so she can walk. 
I think I'll make her wear purple because I LOVE PURPLE.
 Evan: I just really like the rhombuses. 
 Judah: I just really like you Amelia, can I watch you draw and then will you play with me when you are done?
Amelia: Yes I will play with you, you are my favorite boy and my best friend.
 Natan:  I can read so I am reading this book. Because I can.
 Abigail: This is eight. I had seven and I have one, now I have 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8.

 Crafting ladies.
Eliana: These are the planets, but they look like stars in the sky, there are stars and planets.
Judah: It is the zoo at Lacamas lake.
Olivia: Yeah this is my little city and the animals live in it, and these live in the water.
Creative focus.
Who doesn't enjoy chess?