Lately we have been taking some of the ‘traditional’ Israeli stories and telling them in English. I have found that because most of the children have a good knowledge of the story, they are able to concentrate for longer and enjoy the retelling in English. This week we have been reading a fun story about Balloons. This story is great for learning colors. And by making use of story props, the children were also encouraged to return to the story by themselves during the day and to tell the story to one another. This was also reinforced later in the week when the children each made their own balloon. For this activity they used stickers for the first day. Although it was a little challenging on the fine motor skills, they thoroughly enjoyed this activity, focusing well for a good period of time.