Week 12

Our theme this week is: All About Me! 

Our learning objectives are: For children to learn about themselves. How tall they are, the color of their hair, their eyes, favorite colors, favorite food, and activities. This week will be child-led as we want to spend the last week celebrating each child and what makes them special, individual and unique. 

Monday, June 1, 2020

Self-Portrait- What do I look like? For this activity, place a mirror in front of your child and have them “draw what they see.” They are free to use whatever art materials they want for this project. (markers, crayons, paint, colored pencils etc.) 

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Let’s make playdough! Have your child choose their favorite color for play dough. Ingredients: 

● 2 1⁄2 cup flour 

● 1⁄2 cup salt 

● 1 tsp cream of tartar 

● 3 tsp cooking oil 

● 2 cups boiling water 

● A splash of food coloring (*optional) 

● A few drops of essential oils for specific scented play dough (*optional) 

Directions: 

● Mix dry ingredients. 

● Add oil and water stirring quickly. 

● Store in an airtight container. 

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

What do you think is beautiful? 

Go on a walk, and have your child pick out 5 things they think are beautiful. Try not to prompt them by pointing something out for them. Simply ask, “Pick something that you think is beautiful.” Take pictures of what they choose, and you can print them out to make a collage of things they love to look at. 

Thursday, June 4, 2020

What do you love to eat? 

Have your child plan the menu for the whole day! What’s for breakfast, lunch and dinner? They can pick their favorite meals! Tell us what they choose! 

Friday, June 5, 2020

What is your favorite part of the Blue (Red) Room? 

For this activity, ask your child what they loved most about their classroom. At home, you can use the materials and area that you have to try and replicate what they have expressed. Do they want a reading corner? Do they love playing with cars on the rug? Are they missing music time? Please feel free to reach out to us for any clarification about what they would like to do! Book Suggestions: Have your child be in charge of choosing their favorite books for the week! You can read these books before nap time or bedtime!

Week 11

Our theme this week is: Weather!

Our learning objectives are: learning about the changes in our environment through weather patterns and observations of weather throughout the week. 

Monday, May 25, 2020

Zoom Reminder: NO GROUP ZOOM TODAY – Happy Memorial Day!

Art Activity – Puffy Paint Clouds
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Materials: 

  • Blue construction paper (or any colored piece of paper will do)
  • White shaving cream
  • White glue (Elmer’s white school glue)
  • Spoon
  • Bowl
  • Cotton Balls or sponges

Start by mixing your “paint.” Mix ¾ cup of shaving cream and ¼ cup of glue. After your paint is mixed, dip the cotton balls or sponges into the mixture and then print it on the paper (like a stamp). Let your paper dry. The paint will dry puffy! Just like clouds!

Video: Puffy Paint Clouds Art Activity with Sara!

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Science Activity – How Clouds Drop Rain

You will need a jar (or cup), a sponge, some water, blue food coloring, and an eye dropper. If you don’t have an eye dropper, you can simply use another cup to pour out water slowly (great for fine motor skill development!). Place the sponge at the top of the jar, and let your child know that the sponge is acting like a cloud. When clouds get too full of water, that’s when we get rain. Slowly pour or drop blue water on to the sponge and watch how it fills up. Some questions you might ask are, “What is happening to the sponge?” “Is the sponge changing?” “How?” The sponge will eventually get too full and begin to drip into the jar, making “rain.”

*As an alternate activity, you can use shaving cream instead of a sponge.*

Video: Nicole demonstrates how to make a rain jar.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Outdoor Activity – Weather Reporter

Invite your child to be the weather reporter for the day! Throughout the day, ask your child to go outside and report back to the family what the weather is outside. You can even have your child choose their outfit that day based off of the weather. Do you wear long sleeves when it feels warm on your skin? Do you wear short sleeves if it feels cool? When should you wear shorts as opposed to long pants? What days should you wear leggings or pants under a dress and what days can you wear a dress with no pants underneath. You can do this during breakfast, lunch or dinner, or all three. 

Video: Lauren talks about the wind.

Thursday, May 28, 2020
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Cooking Activity – Banana and Blueberry Rain Cloud

Start by slicing up bananas and grabbing a handful of blueberries. The bananas represent the clouds and the blueberries represent the rain! Have your child create a cloud with the sliced bananas and then place the blueberries under the bananas to look like rain. Once your banana and blueberry rain cloud is complete, enjoy this delicious treat!

Friday, May 29, 2020

Music and Movement Activities – Various Songs for a Sing-A-Long

“Mr. Sun”

Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun

Please shine down on me

Oh Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun

Hiding behind a tree

These little children are asking you

To please come out so we can play with you

Oh Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun

Please shine down on me!

“Rain, Rain, Go Away”

Rain, rain, go away

Come again another day

All the children want to play

Rain, rain, go away.

“It’s Raining, It’s Pouring”

It’s raining, it’s pouring the old man is snoring

He went to bed and bumped his head 

And couldn’t wake up in the morning

The morning the morning, he couldn’t wake up in the morning

He went to bed and bumped his head and couldn’t wake up in the morning.

What’s the Weather? (to the tune of “Oh My Darling Clementine”)

What’s the weather,

What’s the weather,

What’s the weather everyone?

Is it windy?

Is it cloudy?

Is there rain or is there sun?

(Please have your child check the weather outside when you sing the song.)

Video: Sarah L. sings “Mr. Sun”

Video: Sarah L. sings “What’s the Weather?”

Book Suggestions:

  • Little Cloud by Eric Carle
  • The Rain Came Down by David Shannon
  • Oh Say Can You Say What’s the Weather Today? By Tish Wabe
  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Week 10

Our theme this week is: Community Helpers (This is a school-wide theme for the week, so be sure to check the teacher videos section of our website to see more about a variety of our local community helpers.)

Our learning objectives are: Learning about the men and women in our community that work everyday to provide a safe, clean, and fun place to live. These activities are relatively dramatic play heavy. We encourage dramatic play in the classroom, as it fosters exploration of their own thoughts and feelings in relation to the outside world they observe. Additionally, dramatic play provides opportunities for growth in one’s vocabulary.

Monday, May 18, 2020: Firefighters and Paramedics

Let’s learn about Firefighters and Paramedics. Firefighters not only put out fires, they also take care of people and make sure that they are safe. Sometimes, the paramedics take patients in the ambulance to the hospital so the doctors can help make them feel better. There are many people that work at a Fire Station. There is the Engineer who drives the fire engine, The Captain is in charge of all of the firefighters at the fire station, he or she sits next to the Engineer. Two Firefighters sit behind the Captain and the Engineer in the back seat. When the Firefighters get a call, a loud bell goes off inside the fire station. The Firefighters hurry to the fire engine and put their turnouts on. Turnouts are the clothes that the firefighters wear that protects them from fire and smoke. Firefighters are not only men, there are women firefighters as well.

Activity: Put Out the “Fire”

Here is a fun activity for your child! Have your child draw on the ground with red, orange and yellow chalk to represent fire, let them use the hose to “put the fire out.” 

Video: Tour of a Fire Engine with the Long Beach Fire Department, courtesy of Sara. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2020: Mail Carriers

Let’s learn about Mail carriers. Create a post office in a room of your home! With your child, place paper, pencils, envelopes, and stickers (for stamps) on a table. You and your child can pretend to write letters or draw a picture, stuff them into envelopes, and place the sticker “stamp” on it. You can then place the letters into a makeshift mailbox (amazon package box, cereal box, paper tray). Let your child be the leader of this play! 

You can also send the letter or picture to a friend or family member. Help your child by addressing the envelope to whoever they want to send it to. Have them place the stamp in the correct spot and find a mailbox to mail your letter! Don’t forget to sanitize! 

Video: Lauren has a video of a mail truck and mailboxes. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2020: Garbage Collectors

Let’s learn about the men and women that collect our garbage. At home, find three boxes – these can be Amazon boxes, plastic bins, or anything you think might work as a “trash can.” Have your child use markers, crayons, or paint to color one box green (for leaves, plants, grass, branches), one box blue (for recyclables such as, paper, plastic, bottles, cans), and one box black (for anything that doesn’t go into the other ones). You can use actual waste materials to sort into these trash cans, or you can use pretend items. If you’re using actual waste, go with your child to your actual trash cans and place these items in the cans where they belong.

Video: Nicole talking about trash cans.

Thursday, May 21, 2020: Delivery Workers

Let’s learn about our delivery men and women. Delivery people bring things that we need to our home. Some delivery people bring us food, and some bring us packages. What does your delivery person bring to your house? For this activity, make “thank you” signs for these delivery people. You can help your child by writing the words “Thank You for our (packages, food, etc)” and have your child decorate the signs however they would like. Feel free to let them choose what materials they would like to use to keep this experience open ended. You can tape these signs in your windows, or outside your door.

Video: Maria making thank you signs for our community helpers.

Video: Sarah sings about community helpers to the melody of “Wheels on the Bus.” 

Friday, May 22, 2020: Doctors and Nurses

Let’s learn about doctors and nurses! Doctors help us stay healthy. They give us check ups, listen to our hearts, look in our ears, noses and throats. Nurses also help keep us healthy. They take our temperatures, check how tall we are and how much we weigh. They show us how much we are growing! Nurses help doctors and help us. Sometimes they even hold our hands when we get shots. They also give us bandages and stickers. For an activity, have your child choose a stuffed animal or doll who they can pretend is sick. Have your child walk around the house and find items that they feel might be similar to some doctor tools. Once they have collected their tools, bring the “sick” doll or animal to the “doctor’s office.” Engage with your child in some dramatic doctor play, letting them lead the direction of the play. 

Book Suggestions:

  • Trashy Town by Andrea Luka Zimmerman and David Clemesha
  • Whose Hands Are These? A Community Helper Guessing Book by Miranda Paul
  • Whose Hat is This? by Sharon Katz Cooper
  • Whose Tools Are These? by Sharon Katz Cooper
  • Whose Vehicle is This? by Sharon Katz Cooper

Week 9

Our theme this week is: Our five senses – taste, touch, smell, hear, and sight.

Our learning objectives are: 

Connecting to our environment through our five senses. 

Monday, May 11, 2020: Taste

Let’s have a taste test! 

What you will need: 

  • One Lemon cut into slices (sour)
  • A few blueberries (tart)
  • A cup of cut strawberries (sweet)
  • A salted pretzel (salty/savory)

For this activity, place the cut up lemon, blueberries and cut up strawberries on a plate. Have your child try each one and then talk about what each one tastes like. Are they sweet, sour, tart, salty, juicy? What is the texture? These are all the words you can use to help your child describe what they are tasting.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020: Touch

Shaving Cream Activity

For this activity you will need shaving cream and a surface to put the shaving cream on. In class, we would normally put the shaving cream on our table or place trays in front of each child to make it an individual experience- whatever works for you and your family. During this activity, have your child tell you what it feels like when they put their hands in the shaving cream. 

Stretchy Oobleck Activity

For your oobleck, mix a 2:1 ratio of cornstarch and liquid dish soap. It’s not an exact science, so if your Oobleck is too crumbly, add more soap. If it seems too runny, add more corn starch. 

Cornstarch and Water Activity

In a larger container, pour about 2-3 cups of cornstarch, and then add enough water to cover the cornstarch. You can play around with the amounts of each here; in fact, have your child let you know how much more/less of cornstarch or water they would like. If the container is big enough, you can have your child step inside!

Wednesday, May 13, 2020: Smell

Guess that smell! During this activity, have your child close his/her eyes and try to guess what they are smelling.

  • Several of the following materials
    • Banana, ripe and sliced
    • Sunflower seed butter
    • Salty chips or crackers
    • Chocolate syrup (Target)
    • Lemon wedge or juice
    • Pickles
    • Ketchup or barbecue sauce
    • Black pepper, freshly ground
    • Cinnamon stick, broken in half (Target)
    • Peppermint candy, crushed
    • Orange peel/orange segment
    • Coffee grounds

Thursday, May 14, 2020: Hear

Take this activity outside. Have your child close their eyes and listen to what they hear. Ask your child “What do you hear?” or “What kind of sounds do you hear?” Write down your child’s words and bring this list to our Zoom meeting on Friday so we can talk about what everyone heard outside. 

(Did you hear birds? Cars passing by? A dog barking in the distance? The wind blowing through the tree leaves?)

Friday, May 15, 2020: Sight

Bright color chalk painting activity – In a cup, put a ⅓ cup of corn starch, and fill the rest with water. Then put a few drops of food coloring (more than a few drops if you’re using liquid watercolor) into the cup and mix until the corn starch is fully dissolved in the water and color mixture. Go outside, and with a paint brush, paint using your new chalk paint! Tip: If you want the color to be brighter, add more cornstarch!

“Eye” Spy game:

*Feel free to take this game outside on a nature walk.*

“I spy with my little eye, something green.”

“I spy with my little eye, something in the shape of a circle.”

“I spy with my little eye, something blue.”

Book Suggestions:

My Five Senses by Aliki

Five Senses by Stephanie Reid

Elmo Can… Taste! Touch! Smell! See! Hear! by Michaela Muntean & Maggie Swanson

Week 8

Our theme this week is: Ocean!
Our learning objectives are: Learning about the ocean habitat through various forms of exploration. 

Monday: Art Activity: Option 1: Tin foil ocean painting Take a piece of paper and wrap it in tin foil. Put some blue paint in a bowl and have your child use their finger(s) to draw what they think ocean waves might look like. Here, you can ask what they remember about ocean waves, and why they think waves exist! 

Option 2: Handprint crabs Paint your child’s hands red (or let them do it) and press them on to a piece of paper with their thumbs touching, and their fingers spread out to the sides. See picture for reference. You can use this time to ask open ended questions about what they might already know about crabs. Here are some suggestions: Where do crabs live? Why do crabs have pinchers? What do crabs feel like?

Tuesday: Science Activity: Soapy Sea Foam Sensory Play Recipe: In a bowl, add 1⁄4 cup of warm water, 2 TBSP of dish soap, 2 TBSP of cornstarch, and some blue food coloring or liquid watercolor to the mix. With a hand mixer, mix on the highest speed for 1 minute. (*If you don’t have a hand mixer you can use a blender or a whisk.) Your foam should be able to form stiff peaks that hold their shape. If you have sand, you can create a sensory bin by adding sand and the foam along with other sea animals, shells, or sand toys!

NOTE: The cornstarch helps stiffen the foam, so if your foam comes out too watery add more cornstarch, a little at a time. Pinterest has different creative ideas for soapy sea foam, so feel free to check that out! 

NOTE 2.0: If you do not have cornstarch, it would be a great idea to order some. Cornstarch is used for various sensory activities and is very stimulating and engaging for home activities. 

Wednesday: Outdoor Activity: Pretend Beach Day! Grab some beach towels, a bathing suit, water toys, buckets, and turn on the sprinklers! You can ask your child what they might remember from the beach and together, come up with creative ideas to replicate their memories. 

Thursday: Cooking Activity: Option 1: Under the Sea snack/lunch 

Jellyfish Quesadillas: Take one tortilla, place some cheese inside and fold it in half. Warm it up on a pan (or in the microwave). Once the quesadilla is done, have your child cut cheese slices into jellyfishes’ tentacles. You can also use string cheese, or more quesadilla to make the tentacles. Refer to the picture to the right. 

Option 2: Salt dough sea stars (not for eating!) You will need the following: 

– 2 cups of flour
– 1 cup of salt
– 1 cup of water
– 1 baking sheet
– 1 toothpick 

STEP 1: Preheat the oven to 250oF. STEP 2: In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, water, and salt and mix well using a hand or stand mixer. 

STEP 3: Roll the dough into golf-ball sized pieces and divide each into 5 smaller pieces. STEP 4: Roll the 5 pieces into log shapes, and connect them all at the ends to form a star. STEP 5: Smooth out the star and use a toothpick to make a line into each star arm. STEP 6: Use the toothpick to poke everywhere around the line indents on the star. STEP 7: Bake for 2 hours and then let cool. Alternatively, leave the salt dough out to air-dry!

Friday: Music and Movement: Dance and sing along to “Slippery Fish” and “Baby Shark!

Book Suggestions:
– Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
– Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz
– Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen – Baby Beluga by Raffi

Week 7

Our theme this week is: Spring Has Sprung!! 

Our learning objectives are: While using natural materials found in their environment, students will expand on prior knowledge of scientific concepts along with changes in the environment and weather.

Monday

Art Activity: Painting with things found in Nature!

For this activity, have your child collect 10 items from nature from either your front yard or back yard. Some examples of these items can be a leaf, flower, pinecone, pieces of grass, dirt, bark from a tree, or even a rock. After you venture outside and collect your items, have your child choose a few colors that they would like to paint with during this activity. Let your child dip their nature item into the paint and explore what happens on paper! It’s similar to stamping, but with nature items!

If your child chooses a rock from nature, they are more than welcome to paint the rock and then display their creation where they’d like.

For this activity, please have your child’s art piece ready to share during our individual Zoom meeting on Tuesday or Wednesday’s group zoom. 

Another idea for an art activity is creating a collage from the items you have found in nature! For this activity, you would need glue and something to glue the items on, such as paper, cardboard, canvas, etc. 

Tuesday

Science Activity: Expanding on Sink/Float experiment

Last week, we tested which transportation toys sank or floated in the bathtub. This week, go outside and fill up a large bucket. Gather some of the items you used to paint with, and “wash them off.” During this, ask your child if they think the item will sink or float. Feel free to make some sort of graph or table on the ground (with chalk) and you can place the items in the correct section after you’ve seen if they either sink or float. 

Wednesday 

Outdoor Activity: Nature scavenger hunt!

Please print this list and walk through your neighborhood to see how many items you can find. If you don’t have a printer, you can just have it open on your phone.

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Take pictures of your child with these items, and we’ll post them on our Instagram!

We can’t wait to see and hear about the things you were able to find on your scavenger hunt! 

Thursday

Cooking Activity: Dirt Cup DessertsA plate of food

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Materials needed:

  • pudding or yogurt cups
  • Oreo cookies
  • gummy worms

Put the Oreo cookies in a large bag, and have your child crush the Oreos until they look like “dirt.” Once you have your edible “dirt,” pour some of the dirt into each cup. Then, take the worms and place them inside (or on top). You can talk about how worms make dirt healthy!

Friday

Music and Movement: 

“Five Little Flowers” 

Use your fingers as flowers and put a finger down after each verse. 

Five little flowers in the meadow grew, 

“Hmmm,” I said, I bet they smell pretty too!

I bent down to sniff, but it tickled my nose! AAAAACHOOO! Away one flower blows!

Four little flowers in the meadow grew, 

“Hmmm,” I said, I bet they smell pretty too! 

I bent down to sniff, but it tickled my nose! AAAAACHOOO! Away one flower blows! 

Three little flowers in the meadow grew, “Hmmm,” I said, I bet they smell pretty too! 

I bent down to sniff, but it tickled my nose! 

AAAAACHOOO! Away one flower blows!

Two little flowers in the meadow grew,

“Hmmm,” I said, I bet they smell pretty too! 

I bent down to sniff, but it tickled my nose! AAAAACHOOO! Away one flower blows!

One Little flower in the meadow grew, 

“Hmmm,” I said, I bet it smells pretty too! 

I bent down to sniff, but it tickled my nose! AAAAACHOOO! Away the flower blew!

Book Suggestions:

– The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle 

– Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

– Little Blue Truck’s Springtime by Alice Schertle

Week 6

Our theme this week is: Transportation (How to get from one place to another)
Our learning objectives are: Learning about the different forms of transportation on land, on sea, and in the air. Cars, trucks, planes, boats, trains, construction and farm vehicles.

Monday
Art Activity: Painting with cars and trucks. Let your child choose which
transportation toys they would like to use. For this activity start by inviting your child to pick a few vehicles that they would like to paint with – maybe some with wheels, and some without. Then, put tin foil on a plate or cutting board for easy clean up! Pour paint right on to the tin foil and have your child dip the wheels or bottom of the vehicle into the paint. After the vehicle has been dipped have your child roll or stamp it onto a piece of
paper and watch what happens! Note—Use a small amount of paint so the
paint does not glob up in the wheels.

Tuesday
Science and/or Building Activity: Carwash for your cars at home.
Materials: Toothbrush with soap and water.
Add toy boats to bath time to watch them either float or sink. You can pour
water into the boat to watch what happens next. Does it continue to float? Or
does it sink? Use this time to explore the concept of sinking or floating, and feel free to expand to other bath toys!

Wednesday
Outdoor Activity: Ride your bike, scooter, tricycle, push or ride in a stroller! While you are on your walk, count the number of wheels you see on the cars. You can also talk about the different types of transportation that you see. (Buses, trucks, cars, motorcycles). Please have your child take pictures (or tell you which pictures to take) of wheels/vehicles that they find interesting. You can then share these pictures with us through email or Zoom…or both!

Thursday
Cooking Activity: Transportation snack!
For this activity, choose any rectangular or square crackers that you have
available; for example if you have graham crackers, you can use those! Have your child slice bananas into circle shapes for the wheels, using a plastic knife. Once your bananas are cut, have your child place the bananas with sun butter (or any butter that you have) to look like a train or vehicle.
If you don’t have these food items available, please feel free to use what you
have (You can even cut pancakes/waffles into squares and rectangles).

Friday
Let’s celebrate Shabbat together during our Zoom meeting!
Music and Movement: Here are a few songs, links, and a Spotify playlist about transportation that you can sing! You can also move to the music and follow what they say!

Book Suggestions –

  • Freight Train by Donald Crews
  • Little Blue Truck Series by Alice Schertle and Jill McElmurry
  • Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker

Week 5

Our theme this week is: The Life Cycle of a Butterfly

Here are some learning activity ideas for you this week.

Learning Objective: To learn about and gain exposure to the various stages of how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly (transformation – metamorphosis), increasing their vocabulary, shape recognition, as well as color recognition. 

Monday – Read The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Make Your Own Caterpillar

Reminder – Zoom meeting today!

Please read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.

*If you do not have this book you will be able to find it online and we will be reading it as well during our Zoom meeting. After reading the book, have your child create, color or paint a caterpillar. Start by cutting out circles for the body and head of the caterpillar. Have your child paint the circles for the body green. (You can use this as an opportunity to mix colors again – blue and yellow make green!) Then have your child paint a circle red for the caterpillar’s head! Have your child name their caterpillar. After cutting out the circles (as many as you want for the length of the caterpillar), have your child count how many circles there are. (This will help them strengthen their one-to-one correspondence.) After the circles are dry (if you painted them), help your child glue or tape (if you don’t have glue) the body and head of the caterpillar. Then let dry if you glued, and have your child draw or paint the eyes! 

Tuesday – The Four Stages of a Butterfly’s Life

Reminder – Zoom meeting today!

Today, talk about the stages of how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly!

You can simply say something similar to what the book states – that a caterpillar starts as a small egg, it comes out of the egg and starts to look for some food so the caterpillar can get strong enough to become a butterfly. The caterpillar eats enough food and a cocoon forms around the caterpillar. The caterpillar stays inside for two weeks. (They don’t have a sense of how long this is but that’s okay!). Then the caterpillar comes out of the cocoon as a butterfly! You can show them pictures of the process!

In class, we would normally order caterpillars and put them up on our counter so the children can watch the process every day when they come to school! Once the butterflies hatch, we then release the butterflies as a class! It is an amazing learning opportunity and the children absolutely love it! We are hoping that we will still be able to do this with them when we go back to school!! 

You can also reference the cocoons/chrysalides that were living on the circle window above where the snap peas are growing, outside in our yard a few months ago. The children might remember seeing them!

Suggested movement activity – Invite your child to move his/her body according to the stages of a caterpillar’s development, i.e., balled up and still (egg), wiggling around and crawling (larva – caterpillar), balled up and swishing around (pupa – chrysalis/cocoon) and flying (adult – butterfly).

Wednesday – Counting and Color Activity

Reminder – No Zoom meeting in observance of the last day of Passover. 

Please refer back to The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Go through each day and count the number of fruits that are in the book. to further make this interactive, while strengthening their connections to these specific fruits, you can ask your child what color each fruit is and even eat the fruit as a snack (provided you are able to get/have them).

Thursday – Very Hungry Caterpillar Fruit Salad

Use as many fruits that you have available from the book to create your own fruit salad. If you have plastic knives, this would be a great learning opportunity to teach your child how to use a knife so they can cut up their own fruit, while strengthening their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination as they grow in confidence by learning new ways of being independent. 

Friday – Zoom Shabbat!

Please bring an instrument to play during our “Good Morning” song! I am sure you have it memorized by now! 🙂  We will also be saying the Shabbat blessings together and singing “The Tiny Caterpillar” song. Also, you will get a chance to share with us your caterpillars that you created!

Have a fun week learning about the life cycle of a butterfly!

Week 4

Our theme this week: Passover exploration continued.
Here are some learning activity ideas for you this week.

Learning Objective: Connecting to the Passover story through food.

Rabbi Amy has said in the past, “Pesach is when we eat (taste) history.” Remember that each food included in the Seder represents a different part of the story. 

Fun Fact: Passover is the #1 most celebrated Jewish Holiday! We know that this year is different, but some of our children are hearing about Passover for the first time, so we want to describe this holiday the way it is typically celebrated. We encourage you to “Zoom” with your families! 

Monday: Hard boil eggs

Prepare hard boiled eggs for your child. Once the eggs have cooled, sit with your child and help model what it looks like to peel an egg. (By the way, this is a great fine motor opportunity.) This also will prepare your family for your Passover Seder. The hard-boiled eggs represent springtime!! Passover is always in the spring, so we eat eggs to remind us of this time of year. 

Tuesday: Making Matzah Brei

Ingredients:

  • 2 sheets of Matzah
  • 2 to 3 tbsp of unsalted butter
  • 4 large eggs beaten with 1 tbsp of water
  • A large pinch of fine sea salt or more to taste

You can make this sweet or savory! 

Directions: 

STEP 1: Under cool running water, rinse Matzah sheets until they are quite wet. Set aside and let sit to soften while you prepare the pan.

STEP 2: Place a large, preferably non-stick skillet over medium-high heat and add butter. Once it melts and the foam subsides, break Matzah sheets into bite size pieces and add to the pan. Sauté Matzah in butter until it browns over for about two minutes. 

STEP 3: Add eggs and salt to the pan and scramble the mixture until it is set but still light and fluffy, about one minute.

STEP 4: Serve Matzah Brei either sweet or savory.

Wednesday: Prepare your Seder with your available resources! 

Please send us pictures of your Seder!

Here are some ideas:

  • Brisket
  • Chicken
  • Potato Kugel
  • Matzah Ball Soup 
  • Roasted Veggies
  • Charoset 

Thursday: Making Charoset

(Here is a nut-free recipe.) 

Ingredients:

  • 2 large or 3 small finely cut apples (whatever type of apples your family prefers)
  • ¼ cup of any dried fruit of your choosing (raisins, dates, prunes, apricots, cranberries etc.)
  • ½ cup of grape juice 
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon (more or less to taste)

Directions:

STEP 1: Finely chop apples and dried fruit.

STEP 2: Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and let sit for at least 10 minutes so all the ingredients can marinate! Serve and Enjoy. Cover and refrigerate leftovers!

The Charoset represents the mortar which is sort of like glue that sticks bricks together. The Jewish people used this mortar when building the cities for Pharaoh. 

Friday: Shabbat, go to the videos on the website and sing along with some Passover songs!

Book Suggestions –
– Sammy Spider’s First Passover by Sylvia A. Rouss
– The Story of Passover by David A. Adler
– What Is Passover? by Harriet Ziefert

Week 3

Our Theme this week is Passover (Pesach).

Learning Objective: Learning about Passover! 

Monday – Making Matzah!

Here is our recipe.

Ingredients:

– 2 Cups Flour, Wheat, white or a pre-made mix

– 1 Cup Water 

Directions:

Pre-heat your oven to 475ºF. Have two baking sheets lined with parchment paper (or aluminum foil, lightly sprayed with cooking oil), a rolling pin and a fork for pricking holes. When the oven has pre-heated, mix together the flour and water. Knead briefly until the dough comes together into a smooth ball, 3-5 minutes. If the dough sticks to your hands or the counter, add flour a teaspoon at a time until it is no longer sticky. 

Cut the dough into egg-sized pieces and sprinkle the counter with flour. Working with one piece at a time, roll out the dough as thin as you can. Transfer to a baking sheet and prick it all over with a fork to prevent the dough from puffing in the oven. 

Repeat until the baking sheet is full. The breads won’t spread, so you can put the breads fairly close together. Bake until crisp, 3-4 minutes!

While the first batch is baking. Prepare the second batch. Continue baking and rolling until all the matzah has been cooked.

Talk about what shape the matzah is during the process of making it and after they are done baking!

Tuesday – Find the Afikoman! (Hide and Go Seek)

Afikoman – a piece broken off from matzah during seder and put aside to be eaten at the end of the meal. It is traditionally hidden during the seder to be searched for by the children! 

Try making an afikoman bag for the matzah to go in. You can do this using paper or fabric if you have it! Pinterest has some ideas for Afikoman bags! 

If you don’t have matzah available, you can use other things to play hide and seek with.

Wednesday – Matzah Pizza!

You can use pre-made matzah crackers from the box if you have it or use the leftover matzah that you and your child made on Monday! 

You will need the following ingredients:

– matzah

– pizza sauce

– shredded cheese

Directions:

Spread sauce and sprinkle cheese on the matzah! Bake at 350ºF until cheese is melted and enjoy!

This is another fun cooking activity to do with your child/children!

Thursday – Frog Hat Art Project

Take a coffee filter and paint it green with watercolor (if you don’t have watercolor you can use green markers and water to make it spread or use food coloring.) While that dries, take a piece of paper and cut it into a strip the length of the circumference of your child’s head. Fold the coffee filter in half and add eyes. You can use googly eyes, buttons, or anything else you have to creatively make eyes. Get creative! If your child wants to add more than two eyes, go ahead and let them. (Just a reminder, this project does not have to be perfect and exact!) After everything is dry, add arms to your frog. You can use green construction paper to cut arms to add to your frog. Next, staple the coffee filter to the strip of paper or fold the coffee filter over the strip of paper. Below is a photo for reference.

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Friday – Shabbat Zoom

Book Suggestions –
– The Matzah Man: A Passover Story by Naomi Howland
– Company’s Coming: A Passover Lift-the-Flap Book by Joan Holub
– Is It Passover Yet? by Chris Barash and Alessandra Psacharopulo

Week 2

Our theme this week is Colors! Here are some learning activity ideas for you this week: 

This week we are continuing to build upon our concepts from earlier in the school year when we focused on colors. 
Learning Objective: Color recognition 

Keep this in mind daily after each activity: Don’t forget that these activities are not just for indoors but you can also use them on family walks or other outdoor excursions. You can observe colors in nature as well! Let us know what you find!! 

Monday – Focusing on Red and Blue

Painting Activity: Mix Red and Blue paint together. If you don’t have access to paint you can use food coloring. (Or you can order paint on amazon). Try using open ended questions when doing projects with your child: For example: “What happens when you…?” “What do you see…?” “Tell me about what you made.” When giving affirmations and praise, try focusing on the process of the project not the product or the outcome of the project.
 
Tuesday – Focusing on Red and Yellow
Painting Activity- Refer to Mondays project of painting but change the physical environment. For example, do this painting activity outside or vice versa. 

Wednesday – Focusing on Blue and Yellow
Today, make Play Dough! Have this be a cooking/sensory activity for you and your child. Refer to the Play Dough recipe that Rose sent out last week. Use blue and yellow food coloring or water color to add to the playdough. Have your child be in charge of adding the colors and mixing it together to see what happens when the colors mix together. 
Also, don’t forget at meal time to ask your child what colors they see on their plate!

Thursday – Monochrome Art Project
Have your child choose one color from the week to focus on for the day. 
Here are some options for Monochrome art projects:-Painting with all shades of one color-Adding white or black paint to the color to see it become lighter and darker (shading and tinting)Shading is when you add black to a color to make it darker.Tinting is when you add white to a color to make is lighter.-Using crayons or markers of one color. 

Friday – Sorting Colors

Make this a game! Find objects around your house to sort into different color groups. Here are some examples: Crayons, Markers, Chalk, beads, legos, Magna-Tiles etc. 

Book Suggestions – Mouse Paint and Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Week 1

Each day, use the listed theme and follow the below directions: Walk around your house and collect/point out/take pictures of all of the listed shapes you see! Then, do the same with all of the listed color items in your house. 

The objective for these activities is to practice some shape and color recognition. Your child should be able to identify and inventory the target shape and color. Please remember to guide your child through this, without giving away any answers!

Monday – Circles and Yellow
– circles are round and have no sides (compare them to a triangle or square and show that those two shapes have sides).
– If you have Magna-Tiles, use them to compare shapes or use colored construction paper to cut out different shapes.

Tuesday – Triangles and Red
– For breakfast or lunch, make shapes out of your food!
– Use waffles, sandwiches, grilled cheese, pizza, etc.
– Today is a teacher Facetime/Zoom day!

Wednesday – Rectangles and Orange
– If you have any shape puzzles, set up a time to sit with your child and focus on the different shapes that they see.
– Try making shape out of other objects around the house.

Thursday – Squares and Green
– Find shapes at home that you are able to dip in paint and “stamp” onto a piece of paper. (hint: cut sponges into squares)
– If you do not have the available objects to paint with, just have your child free paint and ask them about his or her painting: “what did you paint, tell me about it?” or “what shapes do you see in your painting?”.

Friday – Hearts and Stars and Blue
– Today is our all class Zoom chat for shabbat and a group meeting!

Book Suggestions – Shapes in the Sky: A Book about Clouds by Josepha Serman and Splatter by Diane Alber

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