The month of December was all about Chanukah! We stayed very busy doing several art projects. For example, we decorated jars with foam stickers, made paper plate latkes, marble painted a dreidel, glued candles on a foam menorah, and made a Chanukah symbols book.
The children also worked on their basic Hebrew vocabulary for things associated with Chanukah. They learned the following words and their meanings:
Chanukiah – Menora
Shamash – Special servant candle (helper candle)
Latkes – Fried potato pancakes
Sufganiyot – Jelly filled donut
Tziporim also read a lot of books about Chanukah. The children love to read books so they can learn more about each holiday. This month they read, “It’s Chanukah” by Elle Gellman, “My First Chanukah” by Tommy DePoala, “Chanukah Lights” by Judith Moffatt, “Happy Hanukkah” by Linda Glaser and finally, “What Do You See on Chanukah” by Bracha Goetz.
The Chanukah holiday was also incorporated into math. Tziporim used dreidels to practice sorting and counting by size and color.
The children of Tziporim also learned a few Chanukah songs along with some corresponding movements to the words. “I’m a Little Latke” and “I Have a Little Dreidel”, which were also performed at the Silverman’s annual Chanukah sing a long.