Happy (almost) Jewish New Year Adom families!! It’s starting to feel more and more like fall is coming! We have loved spending time outside this week!
Fall is a busy busy time for the Jewish calendar. We started by kicking off the Jewish New Year, or Rosh Hashanah (which means head of the year)! This week we took time to learn about one of the biggest Jewish holidays!
All week we read:
- Happy Birthday World a Rosh Hashana Celebration by Latifa Kropf
- Rosh Hashana is Coming! By Tracy Newman
- The Shofar Calls to Us by Katherine Kahn
- Five Little Honeybees by James Croft
- The Colors of My Jewish Year by Gold-Vukson
- The Thankful Book by Todd Parr
During circle time this week we broke out our Fun With Jewish Holiday Rhymes book. We read Five Little Apples to get us in the spirit of Rosh Hashanah, because on Rosh Hashanah we eat apples dipped in honey to signify having a sweet new year! It’s a super cute rhyme that incorporates counting, which is so great! We go through the rhyme multiple times to make sure everyone has a chance to hold an apple! It has definitely been a crowd pleaser!
Monday our morning work option was fun pom pom’s, fun trays, and tongs! We spent a lot of time talking about how soft the pom pom’s are and how they squish when you squeeze them in your hands!
Later we had art with Ms. Beth! We decorated some fall leaves, first with tissue paper and then with fall colored paint! They turned out so great! Mr. Benny hung them up on our classroom tree, check them out. 🙂
Tuesday we started our morning with shofar (a ram’s horn, used to let everyone know the new year is coming!) decorating! The toddlers took their time to decorate a piece of paper that would soon turn into a shofar for later in the week.
After our gross motor time we gathered around the blue rug for a Rosh Hashanah story and to look at our Rosh Hashanah set. After we read the story we looked at all of the different objects, a shofar, an apple, a honey pot, and even a round challah!
Wednesday the todds had the opportunity to decorate a Happy New Year/Shana Tova card for someone special to them! We used cutie bumble bee stickers and stickers with a bear holding an apple! It’s a tricky fine motor activity! Some of the older todds even peeled off their own stickers from the sticker sheet.
Later we had music with Cantor Schwartz. We sang lots of Rosh Hashanah songs and even got to listen to him blowing the shofar. It was cool!
Thursday our morning work was to make flowers out of felt flowers or play with frogs. Everyone created their own adventure, it was fun! Some loved stringing the petals on the flower stems, others liked stringing the pipe cleaner through the flower pot, others loved playing with frogs. Alex started singing “Five Green and Speckled Frogs”. She used her arm as the log and then stacked the frogs on it. It was so clever. Lots of friends joined in on the fun.
Later we gathered around for some shofar blowing. We sang “Shofar Blast!” and pretended to blow our shofars to call in the new year!
Friday Leora will be our Shabbat helper and we will have Rosh Hashanah activities.
Next week we will also be learning about apples! We will be welcoming Kate into our toddler room, she is moving up from our infant room. 🙂 We can not wait to have her!
Shana Tova to all, may you all have a sweet and happy new year!
Ms. Aly, Ms. Katie and Mr. Benny