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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...
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