When we returned from our Thanksgiving break, the children discovered some very exciting and interesting things in the classroom.
Morah Tzivie: We have a special holiday coming. What holiday is it?
Morah Tzivie: We have a very important thing we use on Chanukah. What do you think it is?
Sophia: It's a menorah.
Morah Tzivie: What's another important thing we use on Chanukah?
Morah Katie: What was it like to live in Israel when Judah Maccabee lived?
Lochlan: You got your food from orchards.
Clive: You made your own oil to light the menorah.
Moshe: Oil from olives.
Lochlan: You had to grind it.
Lochlan: You had Shabbat.
Clive: Sing the Aleph Beis.
Moshe: Celebrate Yom Kippur.
Lochlan: You had to walk or ride a horse or camel. No cars.
Morah Katie: Why do we remember the Maccabees every year and celebrate Chanukah? What happened?
Moshe: Soldiers and Anitochus!
Morah Katie: What did Antiochus do?
Clive: Made new rules like no more Shabbat or learning the Aleph beis.
Lochlan: NO more reading the Torah or doing mitzvahs, AND they broke the menorah.
Makayah: Everyone was sad.
Morah Katie: What do Judah and the Maccabees do?
Evan: They asked for help.
Lochlan: From Hashem.
Moshe: CHASED Antiochus away!
Evan: Then they saw the knocked over menorah and fixed it and cleaned
Emily: But they had to search for the oil and it takes a long time to get more.
Evan: 8 days to get more oil.
Emily: They found one thing of oil and used it.
Clive: And it lasted for 8 whole nights.
Evan: It kept filling up!
Emily: We remember that it kept staying lit all those days, 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8. It kept burning.