If you want to know which holiday is approaching, just look at the Pre-Primary classroom! In the math area, friends are using the Hanukkah number stair made from s’vivonim. The students count numbers one through five by matching foam dreidels to the ones on the number stair. This work allows children to see the number grow larger and begin to conceptualize just how much bigger five is than one.
On the sensorial shelf, friends discovered a new dreidel sorting work. This work has three different colored tubes which are tall, skinny, and clear. Along with the tubes is a bowl full of dreidels. The friends sort the colored dreidels into the corresponding tubes. When they are finished sorting, they love to pour the dreidels from the tubes carefully back into the bowl to prepare the work for the next person.
On to the language area and the Hanukkah picture-to-picture matching work! In this work, after unrolling a rug to create a work surface, the student randomly disperses the pictures around the rug. Then, along with a morah, s/he finds matches and arranges them in rows. While doing this, we love to chat about the pictures of hanukkiot, sufganiyot, latkes, and s’vivionim. The sufganiyot and latkes remind us of the miracle of the oil that lasted for eight days, and we are all really looking forward to eating these delicious treats!
In circle we have been reading a fun rhyming story where we all join in to count the nights of Hanukkah in Hebrew, English, and Yiddish. We have also been singing many Hanukkah songs. One of our favorites is “One little, two little, three little candles” (to the tune of “Ten Little Indians”):
One little, two little, three little candles;
Four little five little, six little candles;
Then we have the seventh and eighth candle;
Shining bright each Hanukkah night.