Building sharing habits

We have been practicing putting coins in a Tzedekah box (a charity box) for others in need. By getting into this habit even in our youngest years, we begin to form motor memory that later comes with a deeper understanding of how our actions help others.

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We each got our own Tzedekah box to paint that we can take home and continue to practice the habit of giving tzedaka with our families!

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We are very thankful for our families who give us unconditional love every day.

We are also so thankful for our friends who fill our day with a lot of fun and smiles.

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We are thankful for the wonderful weather because we can enjoy the fresh air.

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

 

 

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Enjoying the Fall…

We introduce our youngest children to nature by taking walks outside together in our stroller and by spending time interacting with natural objects on our playground.

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Spending time outdoors allows for valuable movement time. Bending over, being picked up and set down, supported in sitting, laying in the grass all help our infants and walkers develop balance and body awareness through experiencing movement and position changes.

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Having time to interact with nature through sensory play encourages babies to respond purposefully by reaching for and touching objects around them.

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Giving babies time on the floor encourages them to actively play and explore.

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The next step is offering a variety of materials to touch, look at, grasp and mouth. Sensory play with natural objects helps them learn how to process information from their sensory systems accurately.

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All about apples…

This week we have been getting ready for our first Family Event-Apples in the Sukkah!

Morah brought to our classroom a box of apples.We could touch them and smell how sweet they are. For some of us, this was our first experience with the fruit. We felt the round shape and smooth skin.

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We also saw that when we push the apple on the floor, it rolls like a ball!

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We had a very special job to do for our big event- making applesauce with our toddler friends.

First, we watched how Morah peeled off the skin from the apples. Then, we put pieces of apple in a big pot and poured in water. Morah cooked the pot on the stove and when it was done, we had yummy apple sauce, which we love so much!

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We also found another use for an apple-we can use it as a stamp! Half of an apple is a perfect fit for our older friends’ hands. We were so amazed to see what we can do using an apple dipped in paint!

 

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Our younger friends painted too by using their hands for tapping or moving back and forth to make a pretty apple colored painting!

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The best thing about an apple is the taste. We love the sweetness of the apples and when we take a bite we can hear a very yummy “crunch, crunch!”

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Photo Week

Smiles all around…

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Making music together…

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Observing ourselves and each other…

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Tummy time can also be time for books…

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Making the long trek to the sandbox…

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Our way to explore the World around us…

We use many of our senses to learn about the world around us. Every day at school we have a lot of  experiences indoors and outdoors.

We love to play with the sand. For some of us, it is the very first time touching sand. We explore the wonderful texture of the sand and what we can do with it.

We know that we can pour it from one hand to the other .We can also make a hole in the sand  by using the shovel.

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Last week we had a visitor in our classroom. It was Fluffy, the chinchilla, who is one of our school pets.

We got to play with her for a while. We’ve been learning  how be nice and gentle with pets. We really love interacting with animals!

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We spend a lot of time exploring our environment by touching.

By touching things in our environment, we experience different textures and shapes. We are learning that some round shapes are balls and that we can have a lot of fun playing with it.

Touching leaves, which are still green, feel soft and smooth. Very soon, when fall comes, they are going to turn into many different colors and make a nice crunchy sound when we touch them.

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One of our favorite experiences was touching water beads. Morah put them in ziploc bag. They started out very little, but when we add some water, they grow bigger!  We were excited to play with them. We loved the soft texture of the beads and nice colors. We could roll them back and forth inside the bag.

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One of the best ways to explore and learn about the world around us is by looking at books and listening to Morah read to us.

Every day we learn about how to use books. We know that books have a square shape, and they are hard, and we know also that books are not for eating ;)))

Right now, we are still little. We like to turn the pages and look at the pictures. But one day we are going to  learn all the letters and new words and we’ll be able to read many, many amazing stories !! :))

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Our first week at Zimmer…

The first day of school was so amazing. We met new friends and had fun interacting with the various materials in the classroom. We are building hand-eye coordination, fine motor muscles, and social skills as we interact with each other and Morah. Playdough is a very sensory activity, encouraging infants’ curiosity in exploring the world around them. As they squish and squash the dough, they are strengthening their little fingers, hands, and wrists.

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The weather has been so beautiful that we spent as much time outside as we could. We interact with the outdoor environment using our senses of touch, hearing, sight and smell. Exploring nature presents wonderful opportunities to build vocabulary and introduce children to the basics of biology. Children are natural born scientists, curious and ready to learn. Even in infancy, children are already comparing and contrasting objects as they explore the world around them.

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We are so exited for new school year and new adventure at Zimmer! 🙂

 

Happy Purim !

Last week we were so busy preparing for Purim!

First Morah taught us new words: King and Queen. We tried to repeat after Morah.

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We made a special sound maker, which is called gragger. Morah gave us each a plastic bottle and we practiced our fine motor skills by putting little rocks and beads through the hole, one by one. When we were done adding stones, Morah closed the bottles and taped handles on so we could shake the bottles.

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The day before Purim, we made hamentashen together (cookies in a triangle shape).

Morah made a circle with a cookie cutter, then we used spoons to carefully put jelly in the middle.

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On Purim day, we joined everyone for our school party. We saw friends dressed in costumes like kings and queens. We brought our graggers to shake. There was a lot of dancing and singing. Some of us even joined in! It was so much fun!

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Our new experiences…

We enjoy each others’ company. We know how to be gentle with our hands and interact with our new little friend.

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We are starting to develop our language skills. We are interested in looking at picture books on our own and hearing Morah read to us. We are big enough to turn the pages and point to the pictures Morah says. We are starting to repeat the words now too!

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You can read more about ways that adults can support language development in infants and toddlers in this NAEYC article!

 

How great to be big…

We are getting bigger every day which means we can do more and more things by ourselves!

We can sit on the big chairs without Morah’s help…

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We are able to carry buckets in our little hands..

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Our legs are strong enough to ride a scooter…

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And we are getting taller so we can explore the water table…

We use our feet to push the floor pedal to make the water come out. We feel the wetness on our hands.  We fill up cups and pour them out. It’s so much fun to splash around! 🙂

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We are preparing our little fingers for big things…

By playing many manipulatives, we learn  how to use our fingers.

Putting cotton balls into bottles helps us practice picking small objects up and develop hand-eye coordination.

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When we paint and scribble, we build muscle strength by holding paint brushes and crayons. We begin to notice cause and effect when we create marks on paper.

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