The month of December we learned about Chanukah, as well as some new nursery rhymes. We made menorahs using egg cartons and popsicle sticks, dreidel greeting cards, Chanukah symbol collages, marble painting, paper plate latkes, and a Humpty Dumpty and sheep collage (just to name a few)!
We used Chanukah to help us with our math by counting and sorting dreidels by size and color, all while practicing spinning them. We also practiced and performed our Chanukah songs and dances and had so much fun. Because Chanukah was the main focus, we worked on learning some Hebrew words associated with Chanukah, such as: Chanukiah (menorah), Shamash (helper candle), sivivon (dreidel/top), and Latkes (potato pancake).
As a class we enjoyed reading, “It’s Hanukkah”, by Ellie Gellman, “Chanukah Lights”, by Judith Moffatt, “My First Chanukah”, by Tomie DePoala, “Rainbow Candles”, by Myra Shostak, and “Hanukkah Light, Hanukkah Nights”, by Leslie Kimmelman.
During the 8 days of Hanukkah, we practiced lighting our pretend menorahs with our pretend shamash candles from right to left. We also looked at different types of menorahs and dreidels. We had so much fun learning about the Jewish holiday of love and light.
Tziporim 1 has also started to talk about nursery rhymes. We used Humpty Dumpty to research and study both raw and cooked eggs…. So messy but so much fun!