3's Class - Miss Lisa and Morah Mimi - Hebrew Academy Karp Early Childhood Center
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3's Class - Miss Lisa and Morah Mimi

Miss Lisa & Morah Mimi - June 20, 2024

From Miss Lisa 

Year End

Another year has flown by and it's time to say goodbye. I look at photos of the children up in the classroom and they look like babies! They even notice it. Pictures before the boys first haircuts and how all of their cheeks were fatter, it is amazing how much they have grown! Mora Mimi and I were talking about how all of their skills have improved so much and how they are working to resolve conflicts independently. They are also more confident and ready for new challenges in the four year old class next year.


I want to thank all of you first and foremost for sharing your children with me, it was an amazing school year. Also I need to thank you so much for your support and communication throughout the year. I really felt we were working together to best meet your child's needs. 


Most of all I want to thank:

Ari, Asher, Ben, Elias, Goldie, Hannah, Oren, Pearl, Ruby, Savannah, Shiloh, Shneur, Tohar, Zalman


For every little thing that they brought to our classroom family this year, celebrate responsibly graduates and have a wonderful summer! 


From Morah Mimi

I can’t believe this is our last week in school. 

We’ve enjoyed learning Aleph Bais, celebrating holidays, and learning all kinds of skills. 

It’s  been amazing to witness their problem-solving skills and persistence develop over the months. These activities have not only been fun but have also added  to their cognitive growth.


Get ready for a lot of water play this summer. It’s great for their sensory development and lots of fun, whether in the pool or on the playground.


Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to teach your beautiful children. We learned a lot this year. Keep giving your  children mitzvah notes. They love that incentive. 

 

Have a super fun and relaxing summer! 

Miss Lisa & Morah Mimi - June 7, 2024

FROM MS LISA  (See below for news from Morah Mimi)

Group Time

As our enthusiasms were elsewhere, we hadn't played Guess What's Missing in quite awhile. We randomly decided to revisit this game and I was blown away by their growth and progress with zero practice. It was all natural cognitive development. The students who formerly had no interest in the game were nailing it! We need to remember that children intrinsically challenge themselves so when they have zero interest in something, they typically aren't ready for it and may feel a bit self conscious about it, especially in front of a group. Give them time, space, and opportunities and they will get there. 

Performance 

It's already time for our year end Performance! We have been practicing a song that we have delighted in all year so trust and believe me when I say: THEY KNOW IT. Now, whether or not they will show this fact onstage is another matter entirely. They may refuse to get on the stage, freeze, cry, pee their pants …it's anyone's guess but remember that it's all good. I don't want them to feel pressure, just have fun! 

Fine Motor

This week I put out tongue depressors, colored tape, scissors, and markers. The students were very creative and I was floored by their ability to keep the marker on such a tiny, raised space. Some friends taped down the sticks or wrapped them while others just made beautiful sticks to take home. Many of the children can now work their bimanual skills to cut off tape completely independently. This isn't “mastery with scissors” because it only requires a single cut, but they are doing it with one hand and the self-confidence is through the roof which encourages them to try for that next step.

 

FROM MORAH MIMI 

We are continuing to talk about the holiday of Shavuos. We are so lucky that Hashem gave us the Torah. Hashem asked other nations but they said no. The Jewish people said, “ Yes, we will do and we will listen.” 

 

*We read the book: When the World Was Quiet by Phyllis Nutkis. 

*We decorated and painted with glitter glue our Torah that we are bringing home for Shavuos  We added stickers too. 
*We
are learning about the concepts of tall, wide and small. For example, when we play, we make tall towers, taller than us. 

*We also talked about what humble means and how Hashem picked Har Sinai for giving  the Torah because it was humble.  We are working on not teasing each other.  We don’t say “me, me, or you're not beautiful” because we will hurt someone’s feelings. 

 
In our science area, we have grass, flowers and bugs and things they can pretend to plant with. We talked about what we need to make plants grow: water, sun and soil. The children  used shovels and tongs to grab the bugs and flowers and stick them on the grass. We encouraged  them to use their imagination and explore creative possibilities!

We also practiced our songs for our end of the year performance. We are really trying to project our voices. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Have a wonderful weekend and Shabbat Shalom!  

Miss Lisa & Morah Mimi - May 31, 2024

FROM MS LISA 

Patterns

We have been beginning to explore patterns this week. We used our glorious graph and colored circles to create simple A-B-A-B patterns at group time. The students picked up on it very quickly. On the third day I switched it up to magnatiles with a square-triangle pattern. This took a minute as the children were used to noting colors. Now the colors were irrelevant and could be next to each other so long as the shapes differed. They soon switched cognitive gears and caught on to the new pattern. We then played with an auditory pattern with a slap-slap-clap-slap-slap-clap pattern and an homage to “We will Rock You.” Through understanding patterns, children learn to make predictions, to understand what comes next, to make logical connections, and to use reasoning skills which is a higher level brain function. 


Creative Art

The students had the opportunity to explore painting as well as creating collages with colored glue and foam letters and spring flowers and insects. As is always the case, my art enthusiasts can't get enough while my “Not a fan” kiddos can't be paid to do it. We are who we are right?


Magnatiles 

Our work with Magnatiles has developed exponentially recently and not just with my block enthusiasts. Just about all of my students are gravitating to this task and the structures are becoming much more complex. They are as tall as a child or with different enclosures to separate rooms for their micro-dramatic people, animals, or vehicles. I have seen squares used to make triangle structures, cars being built and feats that seem to defy physics. And we still hold fast and firm that you only get to knock down your own work. If you break a friend's then the blocks are closed for you. Our consistent and logical consequences have resonated and our being respected…most of the time. We still have to test those boundaries to make sure that there is order in the universe, right? 

FROM MORAH MIMI

We are continuing our count, all the way to receiving  the Torah. We know there are many rules and laws that are in the Torah.  We said Na'aseh v’ Nishma, we will do and we will  listen. We keep trying to do many mitzvot to bring the Torah. 


We started talking about our new holiday called Shavuos which is the day Hashem gave us a present, the Torah. We told a felt story about  three mountains. The highest mountain and the widest mountain were fighting over which mountain the Torah  should be given on. But little Har Sinai just stood there and sighed, “ I know I’m  not tall and I know I'm not wide. The Torah can’t  be given on me” he said. Because the tallest and widest  mountains were not simple and humble, the Torah was not given on them. Hashem made the little mountain( Har Sinai)  very beautiful because he didn’t hold himself high. He deserved to have  the Torah given on him! 


We read the book: When the World Was Quiet by Phyllis Nutkis. 


Har Sinai song: 

I am a mountain so very high. I can reach way up to the sky. 

The Torah should be given on me because I am the highest mountain you see. Oh no!

I am a mountain so very wide. I can reach from side to side. 

The Torah should be given on me because I am the widest  mountain you see. Oh no! 

Little Har Sinai just stood there and sighed. I know I’m not tall, I know I’m not wide.

The Torah can’t be given on me because I am the smallest mountain you see.

But from all the mountains Hashem chose Sinai because he did not hold himself high. He had such simple and humble ways.  From this we learn that humbleness pays.


Have a wonderful Shabbos, 

Miss Lisa & Morah Mimi - May 24, 2024

 FROM MISS LISA (Scroll down for Judaic News.)

Manipulatives

We had a lot of fine motor and math work in our table choices this week. Connect four worked the pincer grasp and one to one correspondence, as did the light bright, pegboards and push pin activities. I also shaped out some of our puzzles with Miss Deana for some variety. It is really great to see how far the students have come in their abilities. The best part is seeing the growth in their confidence. They approach new puzzles with self confidence rather than insecurity. They may need help once or twice, but they are seeing that the same puzzle skills they use with familiar puzzles can be transferred over to new ones.

 Assessments will be sent home in the upcoming weeks and it is important to note the progress that came from simply letting children play. Their improvement wasn't because of anything I was formally teaching, but because of their natural tendency towards learning. All we need to do is facilitate an environment with developmentally appropriate activities and give them time and space to work while thoroughly enjoying themselves and goals will be reached.

 Graphing

With tremendous work from Miss Bailey we have completed our glorious graph. The students' names are printed horizontally across the bottom and numbers 1-10 are ascending vertically on both sides. Remember this is SUPER preliminary. We are just familiarizing ourselves with the visual of a graph and the concept that it helps us to quantify. We count the buttons on our clothing and even if they don't have any that day they will get a handful of colorful circles to put on the graph above their name. We count as we apply them and work on some of our math vocabulary: less, more, same, most, and total. As long as their interest holds we will be finding all sorts of items to graph in our day.

FROM MORAH MIMI 

This week, we learned the amazing story of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai and his son, Eliezer.   From him, we learn the importance of being kind to one another. When asked how we can show kindness, some student responses included sharing, being gentle, and taking turns with toys. 


We discovered that on Lag B'Omer, we enjoy picnics, bonfires, and singing songs around the fire. The children had fun decorating pieces of wood with watercolors and we enjoyed nature's beauty.


During group time, we went on a pretend picnic, using the song "We're Going on a Picnic," where each child chose a food to add to our basket. Another exciting activity was a music and movement song by Kira Wiley called "Going on a Walk," where we pretended to be bears hiking in the forest. The children were fully engaged and excited.


We sang a lovely song around our pretend fire: "Oh, let’s be friends  and join together, oh, let’s be friends now and forever. Oh Let’s be friends and join together. Oh, let’s be friends cause that’s the Torah way."


Have a Wonderful week and a Shabbat Shalom!

Friday, May 17, 2024

Spring FUN

We have added to our exploration of spring. We have flowers EVERYWHERE that would hold still long enough and some on our science table that they can “plant” in the pretend grass. We also have micro-dramatic insects, rocks & crystals, and mini stumps to explore and arrange.

Life Cycles

After talking about the life cycle of a butterfly with The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carl, we expanded on the concept with life cycle manipulatives. We had the butterfly, honey bee, frog, and ladybug as table choices this week. Each one has 4-5 different pieces that show each unusual stage in the metamorphoses of these creatures. 

We also used magnifying glasses to check out some cool insects trapped in resin as well as geodes and amethysts. Lots of science and nature this week! 

Rock Crayon Rubbings

Some friends opted to experiment with doing rubbing to create images. We have several raised templates: bugs, flowers, birds, leaves. The children put their paper on top of them and use our rock crayons to rub back and forth until the picture below comes through. As beautiful as the outcome is, this is NOT a creative endeavor. It requires following directions and moving in a very specific way. Some friends became frustrated with the process and left the activity and this is OKAY! They are not “there” yet developmentally. Others wanted to do it over and over. When the products come, be sure to ask “How did you make this?” 

With warmer weather, water play will be a daily option so please make sure that your child has a complete change of clothes in their cubby daily. 

News From Morah Mimi

On Tuesday, we had our Israel celebration where the children visited different cities in Israel.  They went to Yerushalayim, where they made pictures of their wishes from Hashem and then taped them to the “Kotel”.  They joined in Israeli dancing in Tel Aviv, dug for artifacts in Be’er Sheva, and painted in Tzfat.  The experience ended with singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Israel and eating delicious cupcakes.  Of course, we had falafel for lunch.  It was delicious.

We learned all about the holiday of Lag B’ Omer,  the 33rd day of the counting of the Omer until we receive the Torah on the holiday of Shavuos.  Every day, we add another flower to our mountain.

We are learning different kinds of mitzvos. Some of the mitzvot we talked about::

  • sharing with our friends, 

  • being nice to our teachers and parents, 

  • helping at home. 

We talked about Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai.  We read the book “The Story of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai by Genendel Krohn”. 

Have a good Shabbas and a wonderful weekend! 

Morah Mimi, [email protected]


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