Thursday, December 22, 2016

A week of fun

An extra week of school means extra fun.

We compared one of our river rock menorahs to the oil cup menorah in the classroom.
Both have spots for eight nights of candles and a spot for a shamash.
We noticed on both menorahs the candle holders for the 8 nights are all in a line, the only tall one is for the shamash- the helper candle.
We learned that some people use oil in their menorahs and some people use candles.
We pretended that it was already Chanukah.
Sadie: It's in 3 days!
Morah Tzivie: That is right! But let's pretend tonight is the fourth night, how many candles will we need?
Mason: 4.
Mason went up and placed the 4 candles in the menorah.  He pretend to light them from the newest to the oldest with the shamash and Morah Tzivie led us in the blessing.
Sadie took a turn pretending it was the 7th night.
Morah Tzivie: How many candles do we need to add?
Sadie: (counting) 1, 2, 3.
Sadie "lit" the candles for the 7th night. We counted down with her, 7 6 5 4  3 2 1 - it's the 7th night!
The miracle of the oil took place in the Beit HaMidash, the Holy Temple. 
We took a closer look at the drawings of the Holy Temple in our books.
We noticed the shapes used.
Lochlan: I see the circle blocks we have.
Morah Katie: The cylinder blocks.
Maya: I see squares.
Nora: I see rectangles.
Olivia: I see a bunch of squares making up a big rectangle for the door.
Morah Katie: What shape is up on top of the tall walls?
Lakshmi: I see triangles on top.
Morah Katie: We have all those shapes, do you think we can build a block size Beit HaMidash, Holy Temple?
Kids: Yes!
Happy Chanukah!

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