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Posted Wednesday, Jun 12, 2019 2:13:00 PM
Each class in our Early Childhood Center chose to transform their classroom into a special venue, including a farmers market, museum with a café, rainforest, post office, and an aquarium. After researching, collaborating, designing, producing wares, baking, and more, the children are taking great pride in opening these venues to the public. Each child has a job, uses their research to provide information, uses math to collect money, and serves food. Guests are having the opportunity to touch, taste, create, buy, and enjoy at each location. Some venues are opening today. For photos...
Posted Wednesday, Jun 12, 2019 1:50:00 PM
The kindergarten children finished learning the whole Alef Bet and celebrated this achievement together! They felt proud of their accomplishments and are ready for first grade! For photos...
Posted Wednesday, Jun 5, 2019 2:39:00 PM
Pre-K Lavan opened its marketplace and K Yarok opens it's own an Art Museum! Inspired by their learning on Yom Ha'atzmaut, the children voted on opening their own marketplace. The children first did research and figured out what they should sell and then went to work. They worked together to bake, sew coin purses, bead bracelets, juice fruit, and write a rhyming song. They utilized the many skills that they have learned all year...
Posted Wednesday, Jun 5, 2019 2:15:00 PM
Also inspired by their learning during Yom Ha'atzmaut, Pre-K Yarok decided to open their own museum. While transforming their room to Tel Aviv for Yom Ha'atzmaut, the children looked at architecture and art from Tel Aviv. They learned about Marc Chagall and his art. They were then inspired to focus on art, which led to their opening of their art museum...
Posted Wednesday, Jun 5, 2019 9:00:00 AM
The ECC children watched as caterpillars metamorphasized into butterflies. After watching and journaling this experience, the children let the butterflies go! Some classes used the roof, the outdoor classroom, 85th street and even Central Park! NYC is even more beautiful after the release of the butterflies!
Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2019 5:53:00 PM
Children in the ECC had a fantastic Lag Ba'Omer celebration including soccer and sundaes. They reflected on "V'ahvta L'raicha Komocha." Kindergarteners got ready for first grade by eating in the lunchroom. For photos...
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2019 5:28:00 PM
K-Tcheylet learned all about Eilat, which included doing research, writing a brochure, and recreating the city in their classroom. After learning about Eilat, the children had many questions about sea life. Their questions helped to propel the class to learn more about it. They learned that there are different levels of the sea and made three areas of the class to represent each layer. They figured out how to make fish to scale and then compared them both to each other and to themselves. They decided they wanted to figure out how to make their own aquarium. Luckily, Audrey's grandparents have an amazing fish tank in their apartment. The children gleefully went over to see this firsthand. They had questions for Audrey's grandparents and they were able to see a real eel, gorgeous fish, and beautiful coral. Thank you to the family for opening their home and extending our learning! K-Tcheylet is ready to take on the challenge of building an aquarium and transforming their room into an ocean!
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2019 5:27:00 PM
The children of Nursery Adom are learning about transportation. In conjunction with this unit, the class went to visit the fire station on 85th Street. The children wanted to thank the firefighters for all of their hard work, so they baked them a cinnamon bun cake. The firefighters taught the children so much about what their job entails and gave them safety tips on what to do in the event of a fire and to discuss it with their parents. Here are the safety tips: call 911, don't worry about your pets, when leaving, close the door, check your smoke detectors twice a year, and have a meeting spot arranged prior so that everyone knows where to go. Everyone had a wonderful time!
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2019 5:25:00 PM
K-Segol has been very interested in animals, which led to learning about the rainforest. In order to conduct good research, the class headed out to the Central Park Zoo. Before they went they discussed and predicted what they would see, hear, and smell. When they were at the Zoo, they noticed the temperature, sounds, mist, and beautiful colors of the trees and the animals. A peacock greeted them and showed off its beautiful feathers. The class learned so much and will apply it to their study of rainforests.
Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2019 11:37:00 AM
Mummies and Masterpieces focused on Israel this month highlighting Yoram Gal who used watercolors for a fun take on cities in Israel and portraits of people and Dale Chihuly who made a special installment of his work in Jerusalem in 2000. A special project that Chihuly made for this exhibit included tons of ice shipped from Alaska that he colored and made into a wall, similar to the Kotel. For our project, we took big ice cubes and used water droppers with liquid water color...
Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2019 11:09:00 AM
Israel's 71st birthday celebration was sababa! All of the children in the ECC learned about Israel, its topography, food, attractions, art, and so much more. They visited a kibbutz, Tel Aviv, Tzfat, Eilat, the Kotel where they milked a cow, created candles and mosaics, tasted olives, enjoyed mud baths and the beach, hiked, went through an obstacle course and had fun. The learning throughout this process was amazing! The math, science and literacy opportunities were part of each and every stop. For details and great pictures...
Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2019 6:14:00 PM
When you enter the ECC, it's hard to know if you are in NYC or Israel! The excitement of celebrating Israel's 71st birthday is palpable.The children have been working on building and creating different cities in Israel, researching each city along the way....
Posted Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019 1:46:00 PM
Throughout the year, the children in the ECC collect tzedakah. We work on making it meaningful and concrete for the children, for example, the children have used their tzedakah money to buy food and toys for those who are less fortunate. Before Pesach, it is a great treat to do the mitzvah of Maot Chitim with Rabbi Lookstein. All of the ECC classes brought their tzedakah to Rabbi Lookstein who will distribute it to help others enjoy Pesach. The students and the Rabbi sang the songs they learned in school; it was a beautiful and memorable moment for all involved.One class even taught Rabbi Lookstein an English addition to the Seder song Kadesh, orchatz... He said he was going to add it to his Seder! In addition to learning the importance of tzedakah, we also use it as a teachable moment. The children sort and count the tzedakah before they give it away. It is also exciting to see how our coins can add up!
Posted Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019 1:34:00 PM
The entire ECC gathered in celebration of Rosh Chodesh Nissan. The teachers put on a funny play inspired by the book Too Many Cooks by Edie Stoltz Zolkower. It tells the story of a Bubby who was making charoset when she was distracted by the phone. The entire family decides one by one that they will make the charoset even better and keep adding ingredients. The outcome is less than delicious. It was fun to watch and was performed in both Hebrew and English. Morah Amanda, Moreh Edan and Moreh Ben joined our celebration, played our favorite Pesach songs and the kindergarten treated everyone to a moving rendition of Ya'aleh V'yavo. Pesach is definitely in the air in the ECC!
Posted Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019 1:32:00 PM
There are four questions in the Haggadah, but the children in the ECC had many more than four questions after learning the story of Pesach. The kindergarten children had so many questions, and they wanted some answers. They emailed Rabbi Weinstock to see if he could shed light on some of the more difficult questions. Rabbi Weinstock then came to the classes to answer those questions in person. Some of our questions were: "How did Paroh know the Jews were Jewish?" "Why is Matzah called Matzah?" "Did Hashem save Batya, because she saved Moshe?" These thoughtful questions and answers will be added to our Haggadot. They will inspire us to continue to ask questions at the Seder.
Posted Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019 1:29:00 PM
This week, the children are busy baking their own matzah with Rabbi Fried from the Chabad Matzah Factory. They saw how wheat berries are ground into flour, then how the flour is mixed with water to make dough. All of the children were given a chance to help grind the flour and then each child rolled out their own matzah. They also learned that no more than 18 minutes may pass from the time the flour and water are combined until the matzah is baked. If it does, it is considered chametz and cannot be used for Pesach. In the classroom students practiced doing activities with the number 18. Can we finish cleaning up in 18 seconds – no, can we finish a puzzle in 18 minutes, maybe? After baking the matza (in 18 minutes) each child took home their own matzah.
Posted Wednesday, Apr 3, 2019 4:40:00 PM
The ECC was abuzz as we welcomed special visitors. Aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, and parents were among the special visitors. The fun started in each class as the children and their visitors participated in many activities. These included planting for spring, beading bracelets, collaging, scientific paintings, scavenger hunts, Hebrew games, and much more. The visitors and the children came together on the rug and sang tefillot and songs, and were treated to Purim and spring riddles in kindergarten. The morning culminated with treats, a slideshow, and music in the Heyman Auditorium. Each grade also came together to sing one of their favorite songs with our amazing music teachers...
Posted Wednesday, Apr 3, 2019 12:42:00 PM
All of the ECC classes visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art with Lauren from Mummies and Masterpieces. There they saw the Egyptian Art exhibit. It was fascinating to see what we have been learning about first-hand. We learned more about the way people lived in Mitzrayim. We saw a huge statue of a Pharaoh as well as many smaller ones. We also saw a statue of a Jewish slave. There were drawings on papyrus paper depicting daily life in Egypt and the Temple of Dendur, which had hieroglyphics on the walls. Lauren showed us pictures of the excavation of the Temple from the Nile River. We enjoyed looking at the way the Egyptians lived, and learned a lot about their life in ancient Egypt. Our learning came to life and invoked many thoughtful questions. It was exciting, informative and elevated our classroom learning.
Posted Wednesday, Apr 3, 2019 10:15:00 AM
There was a new and different sound heard through the ECC. In addition to the giggles, singing, and learning, we heard a new and interesting sound, chirping!! Chicken eggs were delivered to the ECC – just in time for spring. After the children monitored and turned the eggs around for a week, they began to hatch. The chicks worked very hard pecking their way out of the eggs. Twelve lively chicks slowly emerged from their eggs. Once they dried up and gained some strength, they began to chirp and move. For a few pictures...
Posted Wednesday, Mar 27, 2019 12:28:00 PM
The Purim festivities culminated with great fanfare! Costume day on Friday was an amazing day for the whole ECC. The gym and the Multi-Purpose room were decorated and ready for a great Purim carnival. Every class participated in the preparation as everyone made signs and decorations for the gym. The children were decked out in costumes and were extremely excited to participate in the carnival. The booths ranged from an obstacle course to mask decorating. Thank you to all of the parent volunteers who came to help!
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