Hello to Kofim families and friends! What an adventurous 2 weeks we’ve had, with laughter, cuddles, learning, and fun! We have found out daily routine, and it goes something like this:
- Free play or table directed activity
- Clean up while singing our “Clean up song”
- Circle time (which consist of singing “Mister Sun” using sign language, singing our “ABCs” while following our animal/letter poster, saying our month/date out loud, and counting 1-10 using our animal/number poster
- Then we read a book (which depends on our subject for the week/day (so far we’ve focused on Back to School, Letters, and Getting to Know You)
- Resource time (Gardening/Science/P.E./Jewish Studies/Music)
- Go outside (take a Nature Walk or go to the playground)
- Teacher Directed Activity (arts and crafts, sensory activities, 1 on 1 or 2 on 1 time with me to ensure each child is developing at their personal needed pace)
- 2nd Circle Time (review the day, give each child a compliment on something positive we witnessed that day and try to relate it to the Class Rules or our “What does it mean to be Jewish?” board, read another book
- Free play
Here are some important dates to put down on your calendar:
September 4: Preschool closed for Labor Day (no Kids Club either)
September 7 at 715p: Preschool Open House
September 11: High Holiday Babysitting forms due to office
September 15 at 10a: Preschool wide Shabbat in the Main Sanctuary
Below are a few pictures of the adventures we’ve gone on to the pond, exploring nature and what it provides for us to eat, we had a scavenger hunt and found animals in the stain glass outside the synagogue, and we did yoga (which was so fun and funny!).
What a general blog posting may look like,
We love our class, we love to watch how their minds work, and we love their sweet cuddles we are lucky enough to enjoy. I will be writing a biweekly blog, but please feel free to reach out to me whenever you need.
We spent last week doing an overview of the school year, so I could see where the students were individually and how the class responded to things as a whole. We have one smart bunch of kiddos! They love to laugh, they love to sing, and they LOVE our Nature Walks! We took one the first week, and found lions. We took one this week and found a lime, the American and Israeli flag, we went into the Day School office to see how the big kids do things, and we went by the pond and saw a branch that looked like an alligator. What fun we had! This week in Gardening we pulled weeds, veggies, flowers, and had fun getting dirty. Tuesdays will be P.E. and Gardening, so please be sure to send the kiddos in clothes you are okay with getting dirty, and socks and shoes that are sturdy for them to balance, and kick balls with. We have started to learn the first letter of our names, and have colored it/painted it/put stickers on it/sat on it on the carpet/found it in different places in the classroom/and encouraged them to find it in their homes. If you and your child find something in your house by Friday evening with the first letter of their name please take a picture of it, and email it to me… I have a fun activity at school I’d love to do with them.
We are working on learning our body parts, and did an activity pasting pictures of our body parts to the letter “B”. We are discussing what each part of our body is used for; for instance, we use our listening ears to hear directions. Like when our friends ask us to “Please share” or “Please stop”, or making sure we take our turns to speak up, so we can learn and don’t interrupt our friends who are trying to learn.
We are focusing on manners, and being a good person. This rolls into the focus we have on, “What does it mean to be Jewish?” It means to have respect or “Kavod” for others, doing a good deed or “Mitzvah” (and every day at our 2nd circle time we give each child a compliment for something good they did that day… and there have been soooooooo many good things to share.) We are two lucky teachers. We have boys holding doors for their friends, girls picking up the pillows after circle time or sharing a pillow with a friend, and clapping our hands when someone does something good. I do want to let you know every Friday at 915a we celebrate Shabbat, and anyone is welcome to come any week- but with that said Kofim does not “perform” every time like the big guys. I will be sure to let you know in advance when there will be any sort of performance by Kofim, so you can come hear their little voices sing out and their smiles shining brightly.
We truly love being with your kids every day. What fun we are having, and what an honor it is to know we are a part of helping their minds grow.
Hope to see you in the halls, and definitely at our Open House September 7th at 715pm!
Lindsey and Amy”