Happy Friday from the Sagol classroom! This week we learned all about ourselves and our friends. We also started learning more about Rosh Hashanah which is coming up in just over a week!
All week we read the books Incredible You! and Shades of People. Both books celebrate how everyone is unique and wonderful in their own ways.
Monday was a quiet day with just a few friends in class, so they chose to play in the new sensory table! This week the sensory table was full of rice and colorful letters. It was fun to try and find the first letters of each person’s name and also scoop the smooth rice.
In addition to our unit theme books, we also read It’s Shofar Time! and played with the Rosh Hashanah Shabbat set.
Tuesday’s project was to draw what we look like! Using the variety of skin color markers, each friend found their shade and (with some initial help) tried their best to make a self portrait.
During group time we added more books to our reading list that reinforced the idea of loving ourselves, and picturing the kind of person we want to grow up to be. To get our wiggles out and bring awareness to our body movements, we sang and danced “The Hokey Pokey” and “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes.”
Wednesday was class color day! Sagol means purple in Hebrew so everyone wore their purpliest outfits! It was fun to see the other classes all dressed in their colors too when we got together at music. Music was also unique this week because the classrooms got to choose which songs to sing! Our class chose to sing “Mr. Sun” and “Shake Your Sillies Out” It was so much fun to dance and sing everyone’s favorite songs with the whole school.
After starting the morning with some relaxing playdough play, a few friends noticed there were some new toys out on Wednesday like a barn with farm animals, and baskets of apples! We’re just around the corner from real fall and starting to embrace it!
On Thursday we had our special volunteer Marnie come to play with us! Marnie has her own child that graduated from Bet Shalom and she is just wonderful to have in the classroom! Part of our Second Step curriculum this week was about focusing attention. This is a very important skill but still tricky in preschool! To practice listening and focusing attention, we sang the Listening Rules song and focused eyes on the books while a teacher was reading. To tie in with the “all about me” theme, we talked about some positive language that we could use to describe ourselves. Such as, kind, loving, good friend, proud, hard working, etc.
Friday we will have our Shabbat service in the morning and Wallace will be the helper!
All throughout the year we will continue learning about who we are and becoming closer as a class, but will move into more discussion about Rosh Hashanah, apples, and honey for next week.