3's Class - Miss Emily & Morah Sarah

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September 14, 2018

Pictures!  Pictures! Pictures! 

September 7, 2018

Phew! How are you all doing? Can you believe we haven’t even had a full week of school yet? We can’t. It certainly feels like it’s been longer, I don’t know if that’s because we’re all still getting our sea legs back or because we had so much fun. It’s probably a big mixture of both, to be completely honest.

I’m sure a lot of you parents are a bit overwhelmed at home now that it’s September. I know this because everyone is overwhelmed. We’re overwhelmed. Morah Chanie is overwhelmed. Guess what, I can guarantee that your child is feeling very overwhelmed too.  

Imagine being almost three, three, or maybe even four. Your child has only been on this earth for such few years. Everything they experience is something that can be channeled into learning. Most of these things they’ve never even done before. “What do you mean you bring me here, to this loud room that is full of so many new friends playing and around me everywhere, and then you just leave me with these grown-ups that are super nice but are just not Mommy or Daddy?” Imagine feeling that but with very very little concept of time and the prefrontal cortex of your brain (the one that controls your emotions, conflict resolution skills, problem solving abilities) still developing rapidly. Then imagine being asked to adapt to all this and be expected to do things like going potty on the toilet, eat a normal lunch, and sleep in a new environment? Are you overwhelmed yet? 

The solution to all this madness? How does one “fix” what might feel and might look like chaos? Time. Children this age thrive off of routine. Without the concepts of being able to figure out what “one hour” means, young children rely on the tasks through their day to guide them. Mommy picks me up after lunch or nap. We play, have circle, eat lunch. Three more events until mommy. We set our day up so they won’t be surprised and when we do this we gain our friends trust. We allow them the opportunity to let their walls down, calm down their body, and learn and grow. With all our high holidays in the next few weeks expect a bit more of all this. It’s gonna be tough, but we’re all going to get through this. Our friends will be eating a better lunch. Taking regular naps. Learning how to transition out of diapers. But we just need to be patient. 

Take this time in your child’s life to hype up their time in school. Talk about what goes on here. Ask questions that require more than a “yes” or “no” and enjoy this whole process along with us. This week has been so much fun. We’re learning along with all our friends about where our interests and challenges lie. We discovered that stickers are a huge hit. We started out with flat stickers and moved on to puffy stickers. We will switch them out so our friends will find different levels of difficulty in order to train their fine motor muscles. These are the muscles that are going to be used for so many things from writing to tying their shoes. We figured out that our friends love felt stories way more than a book and would prefer Music and Movement in the afternoon rather than a formal goodbye circle.  

We loved to make our Rosh Hashanah placemats. It included several different parts. First we got messy with paint and golf balls by rolling them around to paint the paper. Then our favorite part was stickers. Our friends really enjoyed helping out everyone. By the time we got to gluing on our picture and school label, some friends chose to do other activities, others really enjoyed working with the teacher to help finish them all.  

During our Judaic Circle we discussed our upcoming Holiday - Rosh Hashana.  We talked about the custom of dipping an apple and round challah into honey for a sweet new year.   Rabbi Popack blew the shofar for us and we practiced making the shofar sounds too in our classroom. The student brought home their Apples and Honey Placemats  and are excited to try them out.

All week when one of us needs a moment to quickly prep something we would sing our favorite Rosh Hashanah song:


Dip the apple in the honey
Make a brocha loud and clear
Lishana Tova Umesuka
Have a Happy Sweet New Year


We would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a Ksiva Vachasima Tova and a Happy, Sweet New Year. This week we only got to scratch the surface of what makes your child tick. We can’t wait to continue through this year and discover even more about each and every one of your amazing children.  

Classroom Reminders 

  • If the sign in sheet does not have an emergency contact number, please please please write it in. This is a safety matter. We would be really worried if there was no number to contact you with if anything should arise.
  • By the sign in sheet are your child’s “go home” folders. They’re already starting to fill up with some pretty awesome art. Please be sure to check them at least weekly.
  • Please leave a mitzvah note at drop off or send one to school with your child. They are a really important classroom tool that helps us see what successes you’re having at home. We will also send one home if something really cool happens at school.

Shana Tova,

Ms. Emily and Morah Sarah