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FUN IN THE ROBINS WITH MORAH GAIL & ZACK

12 Dec

We are the Maccabees’s marching marching…

We continue learning about the heroic Maccabbees and the unkind, mean ruler King Antiochus who told the Jewish people:

NO MORE SHABBAT

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NO MORE MITZVAH

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NO MORE LIGHTING THE CHANUKIA (MENORAH)

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NO READING AND STUDYING TORAH! GIVE THANKS TO ME NOT HASHEM!

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The king had his soldiers watch all the Jewish people to be sure they followed the new rules.

Clearly, this made the Jewish people sad, and afraid of the king’s army.

Morah Gail explained how the Jewish people decided to continue to have Shabbat, to do mitzvahs, to light the menorah and give thanks to Hashem.

She told us how the Jewish people hid in caves to study the Torah, and be thankful to Hashem.

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The caves provided a good, safe place for the Jewish people.

We learned that the brave Jewish children tricked the Greek soldiers.

They studied the Torah, with a lookout.

When the lookout called to them that a soldier was coming, they would hide the Torah and play dreidel.

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We aren’t studying the Torah! We are just playing dreidel!

After hearing about the search for oil in the Holy Temple, and the excitement of finding one small jar, we went on an oil hunt!

Where is the oil?

We found it!

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Since the children learned all about ancient Israel and the long process in which oil was made, and after watching in our own menorah how oil is naturally consumed by the flame, we really understood what a great miracle it was the oil lasted for 8 whole days

We spun dreidels, and kept a record of how many times our dreidel landed on each letter.

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We finished off the day with a cooking activity making yummy dreidle cookies!

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Shalom, Morah Gail & Zack

 

FUN IN THE ROBINS WITH MORAH GAIL & ZACK

7 Dec

In the midst of all the activites and games in the Robins’, we discovered just how much we know about Chanukah.

 

Morah Gail: What was the great miracle that happened?

A.C: Chanukah! The oil lasting for 8 days.

Morah Gail: Where did this miracle happen?

R.B.: In the Beit Hamigdash, the Jewish people had a lot of clean up.

Morah Gail: Yes, the Jewish people cleaned up and made the Beit Hamikdash beautiful, where was the holy temple?

R.H.: In Israel!

Morah Gail: Which people did the Maccabee’s chase away?

B.S.W.: the mean guys and the king

Morah Gail: What was the king’s name?

R.B.: Antiochus

Morah Gail: After the great miracle of the Maccabee’s chasing the Greeks away, what other miracle happened?

H.R: The Candles

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Morah Gail; Today we use candles and some people still use oil, what did they use long ago?

E.N.: Oil

Morah Gail: Was there alot of oil?

K.A.: No, just a drop

Morah Gail: How many days did the oil last?

All the children: 8 Days!

Morah Gail: How do we celebrate and remember the great miracle?

E.M: Play dreidel

 

 

Morah Gail: We play dreidel, what are the letters on the dreidel?

E.V.: Nun

E.N.: Gimmel

L.L: hey

S.A: Shin

Morah Gail: The letters on the dreidel say Nes Gadol Hayah Sham. Which means?

R.B.: A big miracle

Morah Gail: What else do we do to celebrate?

M.T.: Light the Menorah

 

 

Morah Gail: Many people will place their menorah in a window to help remind people of the miracle.

B.S.W.: and so everyone can see the candles burning.

Morah Gail: We also eat yummy treats to remind us of the miracle. What treats do we eat?

E.N.: Latkes!

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Z.A.: Sufganiot=Donuts!

E.V.: What about birthday cakes and cupcakes?

Morah Gail; Those are sweet treats also, but the treats we eat for chanukah are all cooked/fried with what?

S.A.: Ingredients!

Morah Gail: After all the ingredients are mixed what are the treats cooked/fried in?

H.R.: oil, it reminds us of the one drop of oil that is the miracle.

 

 

 

 

FUN IN THE ROBINS WITH MORAH GAIL & ZACK

6 Dec

My plan was sharing with you more about Chanukah and what we have been working on in class.  Change of plans.  I could not help but share the amazing times the Robins have with Moreh Ryan.  They love My Gym so much and ask daily if Moreh Ryan is coming.  Enjoy the short video and I will post about Chanukah on Friday.

 

FUN IN THE ROBINS WITH MORAH GAIL & ZACK

4 Dec

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Time travel is a common phenomenon in the Robins.  We actually went back in time today to the caves where the Jewish children secretly learned Torah during the Chanukah story.  Each child was equipped with a scroll and a dreidel.  When the king’s helpers marched in, the children hid their scrolls and took out their dreidels.  It was very exciting! The Guard would say “no learning Torah,” the children responded, “Oh no we’re playing dreidle.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were times when the children became Maccabees and told King Antiochus to “never, ever, ever, come back and stay far away”.  The Maccabees then moved on to the Beit Hamikdash where they cleaned up the terrible mess and found one small jug of oil!  The best part of the journey was going to sleep and waking up eight times in a row to see that the oil was still burning!

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 Shalom, Morah Gail & Zack

 

 

 

 

FUN IN THE ROBINS WITH MORAH GAIL & ZACK

30 Nov

Spatial Discoveries

There is an ever present desire for the children to explore all things spatial, be it how many items can fit into another, which pegs fit on which sized dowels, or how high can I make something before it falls down.  This is their analytical/left brained mind at work, making sens of their surroundings.

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The Robins also discovered in My Gym class today Spatial Discoveries. The discovered that if they crawl really low down on the ground they can get past the boulders without touching them.   The next discovery was running in and out of the boulders being oh so careful not to touch them.

See you all on Monday!

FUN IN THE ROBINS WITH MORAH GAIL & ZACK

16 Nov

 

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The Robins’ continue exploring more STEM activities. What we did was color blending. We brought out different colors of watercolor cakes and the children were able to mix away and create new colors.  They soon realized that if they mix blue and yellow together it made green, and if you mix blue and red together it made purple.  We soon realized that if you mix ALL the colors together it made an icky brown color (which nobody liked). So we quickly rinsed the color cakes off and started again.

 

 

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Today during morning T’filah the children asked if they could say it all with no help.  Of course I grabbed my camera and took a video. Sorry for the sideway view.  Such a proud moment!

 

Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom,

Morah Gail & Zack

14 Nov

Stem Play

IMG_7024Yesterday and today we brought out all types of magnetic items as well as items that aren’t magnetic.  My “little friends” sorted them into 2 piles. One pile of things that were magnetic, and the other things that weren’t magnetic. Once they were separated, the children took items around the classroom to see if they would stick.  We realized that our sensory bin was not magnetic however the legs on the table were.  Another friend went under the table to see if it was magnetic.  It wasn’t, however if you placed a magnetic on top of the table and a magnet under the table in the same spot it would stick.  Once it was stuck we realized if you wiggle the magnet UNDER the table the magnet on TOP of the table moved as well.  The children loved doing “magic tricks” with each other!

 

 

 

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We switched out some of the toys in the Robins class and brought out some building magnetic stackers. The children soon discovered if they worked together as a team they could measure the entire classroom. They even tried stacking them and measuring each other.

 

Enjoy, Morah Gail & Zack