Parts of the Tree

This week we have continued our learning about trees for Tubishvat. This included reading related books and making an apple tree. Making the apples we made use of plasteline which the children rubbed into a apple cut out. This is a task that works their fine motor skills, and requires a degree of concentration and perseverance. Today they were also introduced to parts of the tree, making use of montessori classifaction cards. Later this week we will be making ‘parts of the tree’ booklets.

Circle Time Activity

This is an activity we do during our circle time. It is a great, easy activity to do at home with the family, which is aimed at building self esteem and a positive self image. Here you can see Tevel is blindfolded and feeling Hila’s face, with the aim at guessing who is sitting in front of him. When doing this, they are encouraged to speak about what they are feeling, for example ‘pretty, curly hair’, ‘happy smile’. When they guess it causes great excitement for everyone.

Trying this with the younger children is slightly different as they are inclined to call out their own names, but the process is still effective, and the benefit equal.

Friday Baking

And, more learning about what makes gardens grow:

Today they made a sun out of hand prints. We spoke about the importance of the sun, and how it actually feeds the plants. This caused a great deal of laughter and disagreement, as the sun is NOT food!! But after some discussion and exploration of this possibility, they came to the understanding that the sun provides very important vitamins that helps the plants make food.

Very interesting watching their minds process this very abstract piece of information. Maybe you can explore this at home, and youtube some class lessons.

New Song

Here are the song words to a song we have been practicing:

Ms. Polly

Ms. Polly had a dolly who was sick, sick, sick
So she called for the doctor to come quick, quick, quick
The doctor came with his bag and his hat,
and he knocked on the door with a ratta tat tat,

She looked at the dolly and she shook her head,
and she said, ‘Ms Polly put her straight to bed’,
He wrote out a letter for a pill, pill, pill,
‘I’ll be back in the morning, yes I will, will, will’

They love acting this out, taking turns to be Ms. Polly and the doctor (who the boys are certain can only be a man)

Leading up to Tubishvat

This week we started our Tubishvat project. As with all our projects we try to incorporate learning about nature, culture, math, geography, and understanding of the world into the subject. To begin with, we have started to build up a Tubishvat garden. This started with the creating of a tree with purple blossoms. The focus on this lesson was on the color purple, and each child counting out 10 blossoms to paint. Counting out and counting are two very different skills. You may find that your child can count up to 20, but when asked to count how many objects are present, they become confused. Sitting with them and practicing counting out to a represented number is a great early math activity. We practice this each week and the improvement is very evident. Not only does it improve on their understanding of quantity, but also builds their recognition of a numbers.

Here we are working at painting our blossoms, these are very small and required fine motor skills, concentration and a great deal of creativity. An added benefit to all ‘messy’ activities is the clean up. Learning to clean up after themselves is a very important life skill. They also learn that it is okay to become messy, to have messy hands can sometimes be distressing, but they learn to enjoy the process of becoming dirty and then having the ability to clean themselves and their environment provides a great source of accomplishment and pride.