Friday, January 18, 2019

Morah Katie: Last week we talked about the animals a farmer takes care off, what else does a farmer do on a farm?
Lochlan: Grows food, like onions.
Moshe: Carrots.
Ozzie: Maybe coconuts.
Makayah: Strawberries.



Morah Katie: What do all plants need to grow?
Makayah: Water.
Lochlan: Sunshine.
Morah Katie: What do carrots, corn, broccoli and trees have in common?
Lochlan: They all have roots.
Makayah: They all need food and water.
Emily: They start from seeds.
Evan: They make food.
Morah Katie: What are things trees provide for us?
Makayah: Colors, they are beautiful.
Evan: Food.
Lochlan: Healthy air and shade on a sunny or rainy day.
Emily: Fruit to eat at snack time.
Morah Katie: What do you think our world would be like if we didn't have trees?
Evan: No apples to dip in honey.
Lochlan: Not as much oxygen to breathe.
Emily: No fruit.
Moshe: No tables.
Makayah: No chairs.
Emily: No fruit at snack time.
Morah Katie: The world would be very different without trees.

Morah Katie: Do you and trees have anything in common?
Lochlan: We need water and trees need water.
Emily: They start as seeds. But they get big.
Morah Katie: Do you begin small and grow big?
Emily: Yes, we do. I am bigger now.

Morah Katie:  Is there anything else you have in common with trees? (children thinking)
  If want you to imagine yourself a tree, what type of tree would you be?
Emily: Peach.
Evan: Apple.
Makayah: Strawberry.
Moshe: Orange.
Clive: Apple.
Zoey: Cake.
Morah Katie: You would all be sweet fruit trees. You aren't trees. You are children. You don't produce sweet fruit. What sweet things do you produce?
Lochlan: Doing kind things. Sweet words and love. 
Emily: Being nice.
Morah Katie: What actions would be kind and nice?
Moshe: Mitzvahs!
Morah Katie: Right, you can produce mitzvahs-good deeds we can do everyday.  What are some mitzvahs you can do?
Moshe: Make our bed.
Emily: Make our lunch for our mom's.
Lochlan: Ask our mom's what chores we can help do.
Evan: Help our dad in the yard.
Moshe: Listen to our mom's.
Makayah: Share with friends.
Emily: Playing with friends.
Lochlan: Inviting friends to play.

We have begun creating an orchard in our classroom.  It will not be just any fruit orchard, it will be a Mitzvah orchard.
We will write down the sweet, good deeds the children do on a "piece of fruit" and add it to our trees.
In past years, our Mitzvah trees have grown heavy with fruit. I have a feeling this year will follow the pattern.

Friday, January 11, 2019

The animals on the farm

Our exploration of farm life and farm animals continues.
We sorted animals by where they live: Jungle, Farm, Water.
We reinforced our knowledge of colors by making colored sheep.
We sang "Baa Baa red/orange/yellow/green/blue/purple/pink sheep". 
We listened for our sheep's color and then held our sheep up proudly.
We reinforced our counting skills with a long distance memory game.
One friend chose a numeral card and showed it to the second friend. The second friend then had to  place the correct quantity of spots on the cow.  Did the numeral and quantity match?  

Everyday at our morning circle, our helper of the day "wakes us up" with the rooster puppet. 
We sing the Morning Prayer of Gratitude.
We thank Hashem for giving us another day, for the sun and rain.
We made rooster puppets to take home. 
Great care and attention was given to the making of these roosters.
Together with our rooster, we sent home a "Modeh Ani" card. We sing this song every morning at preschool, and now you can sing it with your child too.