Archive | December, 2016

Happy Chanukah!!!!

22 Dec

Happy Chanukah to all of our Hummingbird families! We have had such a festive couple weeks gearing up for this wonderful holiday and we hope you enjoy the pictures!

Look at all those smiles, we will sure miss them over break! They are building, sorting, pretending, and chatting so much!

Since the weather has been cold we haven’t been able to stay outside for as long as we would like, so we take full advantage when we can! If it is too cold, we enjoy taking walks around school, up and down the stairs we go!

We just love my gym! What has Morah Ryan brought us today? We also love our mornings spent in the big gym!

We are loving hearing the kids sing to the songs in library and making the hand motions. They are really remembering stories and get so excited when they know what comes next!

We had an amazing time at the Chanukah celebration! We decorated cookies, made candle crowns, spun driedels, and ate so many delicious latkes. Thank you parents for all you do!

We wish everyone a fantastic break  and a Happy Happy Chanukah and New Year!


Julia, Eli, and Ronisha

Chanukah Fun!!

20 Dec

The Chickadees have had so much celebrating Chanukah! We made latkes, some of us loved them, others not so much.Thank you to our parent  volunteers. We couldn’t have done it without you!

We had a Chanukah Hop that included decorating a giant dreidel and making shamash crowns, but the favorite was decorating and eating cookies.


We decided to get the Chickadees involved in keeping our classroom clean, so we filled the sensory table with soap and washed all the play food. It was so much fun to scrub and play with the bubbles.

We are builders!


One thing we know for sure is the Chickadees love having fun and being silly!

We hope everyone has a great winter break and a very Happy Chanukah and New Year!

Bundled up Hummingbirds

6 Dec

It sure is getting colder outside but that doesn’t stop the hummingbirds from playing! We are loving all the hats, jackets, and cozy sweaters our friends are wearing to keep them warm.

The hummingbirds love snuggling with the giant animals in the library. They are beginning to flip the pages in books, remember characters in stories, and are so happy to read in any setting!

We did so many fun new things in My Gym this week. Puzzles, pom poms, hula hoops, and more!

Their love for art continues to grow each day! The dot markers are a huge hit, “up and down, up and down.”!

There is so much fun to be had in our classroom. Sleeping, lounging, playdough, music, celebrating birthdays and the list goes on!

We go on some pretty big adventures throughout the day. Climbing stairs, going to the nest, and playing basketball in the gym are a few of our favorites!

Thank you Hummingbird families for sharing your little ones with us!


Julia, Eli, and Ronisha

November 28th – December 2nd

4 Dec

Fun in the Classroom

Space Unit

This week we read the book “Living in Space”.  The children enjoyed learning facts about what it is like to be an astronaut in space.  They were fascinated to learn that astronauts fly in the Space Shuttle to a Space Station.  Once in the Space Station they are free to float around without their space suits on.  They also learned how some everyday things can be harder in space without gravity, such as going to the bathroom, showering, and sleeping. They were also very excited to make a space shuttle from a box.  The children generated ideas as to how they wanted to  create a shuttle from a plain box.  We had originally thought that it would be something we would make and then hang from the ceiling, but the children had other ideas!  Check out the photo’s to see what we created.

In addition to the Space Shuttle, the children also wanted to make a Super Moon. Using textured paint, made from flour and tempera paint, and using bottle lids to make the craters, we made a large Super Moon.  In addition we also made the rest of the moon phases using the same technique.

Eagles’ Helpers of the Week

This week we also introduced “Helpers of the Week”.  Over the past few weeks we have been thinking of jobs the children like to do and also jobs that help build community in the classroom.  Each week the children will be assigned a job that they will do for the whole week.  The children will each get turns doing all of the jobs.  Periodically, the children will have a “vacation week” where they are not assigned a job.  Ask your child what his/her job was this week.


Judaic Studies

This week Morah Chani reviewed the Hebrew words for colors.  She re-read the “Story of 5 Balloons”.  They reviewed the Hebrew vocabulary for red, blue, yellow, green and purple. Additionally, she reviewed the words for sun, wind, balloon, and the phrase “the balloon popped!” which is repeated throughout the book.  To reinforce the learning from the book, the children then took turns putting magnets with pictures from the book up, naming what they chose.  In connection with the story of Noah’s Ark and our discussions about relating colors to feelings, we have been creating a class rainbow. The children took turns gluing a variety of colored objects to a large painted rainbow. Morah Chani also used the rainbow to help the children make a connection to the Hebrew vocabulary for colors.

 My Gym

This week in My Gym the children did a great team building activity.  The teacher spread  out some wooden puzzles and mixed up the pieces.  The children had to work together to find all the pieces that went together with each puzzle.  It was interesting to watch how some children worked alone, some with one other friend, and others talking with multiple friends to see who had which pieces.  We ended up the session with a fun song called “Five Green and Speckled Frogs”.  They all took turns being frogs jumping into the pool until there were none left on the log.


Mr. Healy

This week Mr. Healy talked about the emotion of angry.  He talked about how we know someone is angry (looking at their body and face).

As a follow-up to this lesson we read the books “When Sophie Gets Angry, Really, Really, Angry…” and “How do Dinosaurs Say I’m Mad?”The children shared times when they had felt angry and we discussed different techniques we can use when we feel angry.  We also finished our ‘Many Colored Days’ pictures and the children shared with the class what colors represented which feelings to them.