Purim is a fun holiday celebration. The children have been listening to and learning about the story of Purim. A palace has been set up in the classroom for the children to see how it looked a long time ago in Persia. For the holiday of Purim, the children will come dressed in costumes for the festivities, which includes reading the story from the scroll called “The Magilla,” singing songs, exchanging shalach monos which is giving a bag of food to another child, and eating homemade hamantashen. The children will dress up as kings and queens
The children have been working very hard in preparation for this holiday. They have been using many of their fine motor, matching colors, patterning, and creative decision-making skills.
The children have been busy making several crafts to take home for the holiday. They made their own crowns, masks, scroll holders to hold the Magilla, and groggers, which are noisemakers. After painting the groggers they added items to make noise. The four choices of items to put in the grogger were rice, gravel, beans, and small shells. Then the children finished decorating the graggers with streamers. They also decorated bags for the shalach manos packages. The children made the batter and the hamentashen cookies for the Purim celebration. At the Purim celebration, the children gave a bag filled with cookies and sweets to another child and received one from another child. For the festive celebration of the Purim holiday, the children came dressed up as Kings and Queens and sang and danced.
We have been working very hard and spent a great deal of time creating our self-portraits using many skills and art mediums. We were very proud to display our final projects for all the parents to see at the art show.
We read the book, “Mouse Paint.” It is about 3 white mice who hide from a cat by jumping into the primary color paints. They are Red, yellow and blue. The children explored painting using the primary colors and discovered that red mixed with blue, makes purple. Red and yellow mixed together make orange and blue and yellow mixed make green. What a fun discovery and creation.
The children have been learning a lot about the upcoming holiday of Chanukah.; AKA (Festival of Lights) They learned that the holiday lasts eight days, and each evening we add an additional candle until we get a total of eight candles. It is customary to eat latkes (potato pancakes) and sweet jelly doughnuts during Chanukah. For a fine motor activity, the children used a roller with paint and sand on a stencil of a menorah. The children tried spinning a dreidel with paint on it to create the spin art effect.
The children made their own menorahs using a paint stick, wooden dowels, and metal nuts. There were multiple steps creating the menorah. First, step was spraying the stick with colored water, the second step, was sponge painting the stick, the third step, was dipping the dowels into colored water, and the last step was gluing the dowels to the stick.
We celebrated our first 3-year-old birthday in our class. The children made cupcakes for the occasion.
The children made and decorated dreidle cookies for the Chanukah party.
We welcomed our new friend who joined our class.
Wishing everyone a Healthy, Happy and safe New Year!
October is Fire Safety Prevention Month. Firefighters Gary & Russel from the Liberty Corner Fire Station came to Zimmer. They talked to us about fire safety. If there is a fire, the best thing to do is get out of the house or school. When outside of the building, 911 is the phone number to be called. They showed the children the gear they wear when fighting a fire. The highlight of the visit was going onto the fire truck.
The children have been learning about Autumn/Fall. They understand the weather is changing from hot to cold, and that means that outwear is needed to be worn. The children have noticed that the leaves are changing color and the many leaves on the ground. They saw the bare trees. The children collected leaves and sticks and twigs from the ground, and some of the children also had a chance to collect acorns from the ground. They examined and hugged several trees; connecting them with nature during this fall season.
The children painted pictures of trees using brown paint and a brush to make the tree trunk, limbs, and branches. Next step, the children used red, yellow and orange paint. They dipped sponges into the paint and sponged painted the leaves on the tree to finish the tree they scrunched up tissue paper and put on the leaves on the tree.
The children used large acorns for one to one correspondence. They put acorns on a card trying to match the number of acorns to the number of circles on the card. The children used their fine motor skills using a spoon to scoop up the small acorns and put them into an empty space in an egg carton.
The children have been focusing on building their fine motor skills, The different ways play-dough was used was squeezing it, rolling it into a ball by using their fingers and using a rolling pin to make it flat as a pancake. The children used their fist to hold stampers to create images in the play dough.
Using their fine motor skills the children squeezed and popped the packing bubble. It was hard but lots of fun!!!