The Tziporim class was busy in January talking about winter, snow, and different kinds of weather. The class will also learn and discuss the Jewish Holiday Tu B’Shevat, which is the birthday of trees.
Since the class is learning about different weather and trees, we took the time to walk around the Silverman campus, looking at the sky, clouds, and the sun. We also explored some trees we have for the Tu B’Shevat holiday. Some books we read that also covered these topics were: “When Will It Snow” by Syd Hoss, “The Snowman Storybook”, by Raymound Briggs, “HI, Clouds”, by Carol Greene, and “Snowballs” by Louis Ehlert.
To work on their math skills this month, the students of Tziporim are sorting and identifying winter clothes, as well as sorting and counting different fruits and vegetables.
For science in January, the children are exploring dirt, both wet and dry. They love getting their hands dirty and the dirt also serves a sensory purpose with its different textures. Tziporim is also using ice to make snow by crushing ice cubes into shavings. Then the students are observing it and tasting it to report back on what they notice. Finally, the class is creating wind by turning on an electric fan and observing how different objects can be blown around the floor.
As always, art keeps the Tziporim class very busy. This month various art projects included snowflake paintings, a snowman and winter collage, painting falling snow on a tree using Q-tips, and finally making penguins.
Here are some photos from this month: