Pre-K Judaic News  - Morah Raizel

September 3, 2021

Welcome to Pre-K!  It has been so nice getting to know all of the children.  Being in Pre-K brings the children more opportunities for independence and learning.  This week we focused on learning the classroom routines and getting acclimated to our new schedule.  Two of the most important skills that children will continue to develop this year are their social and emotional skills.  One area we focused on this week and will continue focusing on every day is learning to share. What happens when a child wants a toy and they ask their friend for a turn and the friend says no?  The children are encouraged to tap their friend on the shoulder and call their name.  They know they have their friend’s attention when they can see their friend’s eyes.  The child will then proceed to ask in how many minutes they will be done with the specific toy.  The choices are four minutes or five minutes.  This really empowers the children and also avoids a lot of conflicts.

Rosh Hashanah is next week!  One of the highlights this week was hearing Rabbi Popack blow the shofar each morning.  The children explored real shofars, painted pictures inspired by apples, traced Rosh Hashanah shapes, explored a kiwano melon and pomegranate, and tasted different apples.  The children also made their own honey dish for Rosh Hashanah.   We discussed the different foods that we eat on Rosh Hashanah and the different ways we celebrate the Jewish New Year.

A few important things to help your child this year:

  • Please try your best to bring your child to school on time.  A lot of learning happens during choice time and there are wonderful opportunities for your child to learn through play.
  • Please make sure your child has a change of clothes in school.
  • Please send your child to school in shoes that they can independently take on and off.  If your child has shoes with laces please consider buying these or something similar.
  • We read mitzvah notes every day.  Please try to write a note for your child as often as you can. 

Looking forward to a wonderful year!  Best wishes for a happy, healthy, and sweet New Year!

Shabbat Shalom and Shana Tova,

Morah Raizel

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Daily Schedule

8:00 - 10:00     Choice time

9:50 - 10:00    Clean up

10:00 - 10:30    Circle time

10:30 - 10:45    Snack

10:45 - 12:00    Outside play

12:00 - 12:30    Circle time

12:30 - 1:00    Lunch

1:00 - 2:30    Choice / Activities

2:30 - 3:20    Outside play

3:20 - 3:30    Pick up