Adom Room אדום (Toddlers)

Hello families of Adom!

I, Mr. Benny, am writing the weekly update. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to send me a message via email (benny.swenson@betshalom.org) or you can talk to me in-person. 

If you chose to celebrate Halloween, I hope you had a safe and enjoyable experience with your toddler. As the month of October came to an end this week, I had the class focus on the general theme of the fall season. The leaves are falling, the days are getting shorter and the weather is getting colder! 

Every day the class meets on the blue rug for group time. Group time this week included:

 – Greeting “Adom”, our class puppet. They all individually get to say hello to Adom by looking into his googly eyes. They all have great eye contact with the puppet! 

 -Sang fall related songs like “Five Little Leaves” or “Leaves are Falling” with paper leaves.

-Also sang name identifying songs like “Willaby Wallaby” or “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Look Who’s in my Room?”

-Sang the ABC’s with shakers. We sing the normal paced, fast paced and quiet/whisper version. During the quiet/whisper version, they practice their self regulation skills by placing the shaker on ground and not touching it. 

-Read fall related books like Leaf Hunt

-Talked about the weather getting colder and modeled the importance of hats, gloves and coats. 

-Discussed leaves falling from trees. 

On Monday morning, all the toddlers got a turn at sorting the red, orange, yellow and green paper leaves by putting them in the correct colored bin. Throughout the activity we also expressed the names of the colors. I decided to leave these colored bins and leaves out all week so they could work on it during their free time. 

Later that day the class had art with Miss Beth. We colored a print out of an owl with markers and tissue paper. Then, they glued some paper cups on for the eyes. After completing an owl, they used dot dot markers to make the back-round. They are in the hallway across from the drinking fountains, go check them out! 

We finished the day singing along to the CD book Animal Boogie!

On Tuesday, I started the class out by letting each toddler pick out a coloring sheet from our coloring sheet collection. They used dot dot markers to color the sheet. 

Later, we went to room 101 to have a sensory exploration class lead by Ms. Amber! Since we have a large class, we decided to break up the class into two groups. Both groups had 15 minutes each. During that time, the toddlers rotated through four different sensory stations:

  • Feeling colored spaghetti through a closed bag
  • Feeling insides of pumpkins through a closed bag
  • Placing cotton balls on sticky sheet drawing of a friendly ghost  
  • Attaching fake leaves on a sticky sheet drawing of a tree.  

I thought it would be a great idea if we took the fake leaves and sticky sheet drawing of a tree and put it on the wall in our classroom. Another engaging fall themed activity they could choose to do during free play! 

Then, we finished the day singing and reading a class favorite CD book called Fire-truck.

On Wednesday, the morning work was to create leaf sun catchers to put on our window! They put brown, red and orange tissue paper on contact paper that had an outline of a leaf. They worked on individually picking up pieces of tissue paper and placing them inside the outline of their leaf. 

At 10:00am every Wednesday, they have a music class. In which, all the classes within Bet Shalom Yeladim sit in a circle in the big room. They all sang Jewish and fall related songs lead by Cantor Schwartz and his guitar. 

Later that day, I took the leaves from the color sorting activity and put them on the hallway walls downstairs and throughout the main floor of the building. As we went around the building in the strollers, the toddlers pointed or communicated they found a leaf. Right after a leaf was found, we stopped and pointed out the color or asked the group “what color is this leaf?” At the end, I went around and asked for their leaves back and we counted each one individually according to the color. 

While the toddlers were still in the stroller from the leaf hunt, we made our way to the main doors of the building to look at real leaves outside the window and also let them touch or crunch a couple leaves we found right outside those doors.

We finished the day singing along to Animal Bougie again, with the book and CD. 

On Thursday, since I am not here, Ms. Aly and Ms. Katie taught the lesson plans I prepared. They started the morning with a pom pom activity. They used large plastic tweezers or their hands to move the pom poms into egg cartons or bottles. 

The class got to have some extra time in the big room to read books, take turns doing criss-cross applesauce with the teachers, and to practice their gross motor skills like climbing and riding the vehicles. 

The toddlers finished Thursday by listening to the book Leaf Hunt, read by Ms. Katie.

On Friday, the toddlers either peeled tape off of laminated paper pumpkins or put leaves on the sticky drawing of the tree. 

After, we went upstairs and into the sanctuary to celebrate Shabbat. Rabbi Crimmings lead us in songs and prayers. Shira was our Shabbat helper this week. 

Later, we played in the sensory bin that is filled with gourds and black beans! 

To end the day, the class gathered on the blue rug to read a fall related book! 

Next week, Miss Katie will teach the class about pro-social skills!

Our toddler family is getting a little larger next week, as we welcome Kellan and Luna to our Adom classroom! 

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend as we start November!

Sincerely, 

Ms. Katie, Ms. Aly & Mr. Benny