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Weekday Wrap Up

Thursday, June 25


Toddler Resources

  1. Here is a great article about 10 musical activities for toddlers
  2. This is a list of different types of reusable masks for children.
  3. A link to a downloadable e-book that features 21 projects and teachable moments.



Preschool Resources

  1. Follow this read aloud of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
  2. Follow this read aloud of A Porcupine Named Fluffy.



Pre-K Resources
 

Weekday Wrap Up

Wednesday, June 24

Piet Mondrian: Taping lines and finding shapes

Toddler Resources
1. 101 fun things to do with kids this summer. 
2. Another list of 100 things to do with kids.

Preschool Resources
1. This is an animated read aloud of Blackout, a great summertime story. 
2. Play Kylie's version of "Simon says": Kylie says! The rules are: Only do the action if she says "Kylie says," but if she doesn't say "Kylie says" -- don't do it! It might get tricky, friends! 

Pre-K Resources
1. Go on a virtual tour of the Boston Children's Museum

Weekday Wrap Up

Tuesday, June 23

Try  Moreh Bret's Mechanical Drawing ideas.

Toddler Resources

  1. These homemade popsicle recipes are perfect for the summer.
  2. Enjoy the outdoors with these 50 outdoor activities to do this summer.
     

Preschool Resources

  1. We love this read aloud of Little Pea.
  2. Enjoy this read aloud of I Got Two Dogs
  3. Here are some great activities to help develop gross motor skills.
  4. Have fun and get moving with these alphabet movement activities! 
  5. Get ready for your summer adventures with this read aloud with Mora Emma!

Weekday Wrap Up

Monday, June 22

Check out Moreh Bret's ideas for Scribble Art. 

Toddler Resources

1. Here is a list of summer activities for all ages

Preschool Resources

1. Kylie reads The Color Monster and shares this printable  Monster Feeling memory game.
2. Read this book called There's Nothing To Do! For grown ups, check out these articles about Boredomtunity and the benefits of letting children be bored

PreK Resources

Weekday Wrap Up

Friday, June 19

Moreh Bret teaches us how to make a paper oven

Toddler Resources

  1. This article is about helping kids transition back to school after an extended time at home. 
    2. Here is another list of both indoor and outdoor activities for families. 
     

Preschool Resources

1. Morah Debbie and Morah Holly say "Thank You!"
2. Let's play Find the Shapes. Kylie reminds you to use your Eagle Eyes!
3. Cool down with some of these ice play ideas

PreK Resources

Weekday Wrap Up

Thursday, June 18

Moreh Bret teaches us how to make a paper sofa.

Toddler Resources

  1. This is a great article about helping children become more independent.
     

Preschool Resources

  1. How Will We Get to the Beach? Read aloud and activity. 
  2. Learn how to use measurement tools with wet and dry ingredients. 
  3. Studios Without Walls is an exhibition in Riverway Park. Learn about it here and check out these pictures! Picture 1, Picture 2, Picture 3.
  4. Morah Kylie plays Guess What I'm Drawing with us.


PreK Resources

  1. Play Same and Different to help you prepare for the transition to kindergarten!

Weekday Wrap Up

Wednesday, June 17

Moreh Bret shows us how to make a paper bed.

Toddler Resources

  1. This list of fun summer foods is perfect to pack for a sunny day picnic
  2. Here are some outside DIY projects.
     

Preschool Resources

  1. Enjoy this read aloud of Let it Shine.
  2. Enjoy this read aloud of Rubby Finds a Worry
  3. This matching game is a great activity to do around the house. Here is an example template and the results.
  4. Here is a storyboard about sorting activities
  5. Let's take a trip on the T together.

 


 

Weekday Wrap Up

Tuesday, June 16

Moreh Bret shows us how to make a paper chair.

Toddler Resources

  1. Here is a great article about social distancing outside
  2. Here are some additional activities to do outside this summer.
     

Preschool Resources

  1. With the first official day of the summer season coming up, celebrate the sun with this storyboard from Morah Holly.
  2. Children are interested in math concepts that are all around us. Let's learn about measurement together. 
  3. A read aloud of Mouse Paint
  4. A read aloud of Tacky the Penguin


 

Weekday Wrap Up

Monday, June 15



Toddler Resources

  1. Here are 30 outdoor STEAM activities to do this summer!
  2. Social stories for kids about COVID-19.


Preschool Resources

  1. Learn all about the sun with this storyboard from Morah Holly.
  2. For math, Morah Debbie focused on using different materials with measurement. 
  3. This delicious recipe for a smoothie is perfect for summer!
  4. There are many ways to explore senses with your children. You can do a taste test, make kid friendly guacamole, prepare a fruit salad, and have a helper in the kitchen!
     


 

Weekday Wrap Up

Friday, June 12

Next up in  Moreh Bret's printmaking series: Stamping!

Toddler Resources
1. Check out these ideas for how to create a memorable family picnic
2. The D'vorim teachers recommend this podcast on playing in nature. 
3. The Dubim teachers shared this list of 75  TV-Free Activities for Toddlers

Preschool Resources

  1. Go on a Virtual Shabbat Field Trip.
  2. Try Morah Debbie's recipe for Delicious Blueberry Cake
    3. Here is a list of activities that involve using your Sense of Smell. 
     

PreK Resources
1. Learn about some Animals of Canada!

Weekday Wrap Up

Thursday, June 11

Moreh Bret demonstrates how to make prints with CDs!

Toddler Resources

  1. A great podcast about fortmaking and how it enhances imagination.

As we think about what will be the same and what will be different, we wanted to share this blog post from Play at Home Mom. This post talks about admitting we are wrong as adults, teachers and caregivers, and how that impacts children and actually can strengthen our relationships. At TCEE we are focused on all the details of our return, but realize that our positive relationships with each other, and especially the children, are the corner stone of all of our plans!

Preschool Resources

  1. There are some great science experiments that require little to no materials. Check out: The Climbing Rainbow experiment, Salt crystal painting, and Magic Pepper and Soap
  2. These are all experiments that involve our sense of touch.
  3. Morah Holly shares pictures of shadows
     

PreK Resources
1. How is Maple syrup made? Learn with this video here
2. The Book With No Pictures by BJ Novak is a TCEE favorite. Follow along with it here and learn about other books that have no illustrations. 

Weekday Wrap Up

Wednesday, June 10

Moreh Bret demonstrates how to do this easy and kid-friendly Foam Board Printing

Toddler Resources

  1. This is a social story about wearing masks at home. While our return to school does not require that all children be in masks, as our world begins to open back up, children will see more and more people around them wearing masks. 
    2. If you are enjoying exploring fort building with the children,  this blog has a great list of fort inspired children's books.
    3. 7 fun and simple outdoor activities for kids
    4. Since beaches opened up on Memorial Day, going to one can bring you a change of scenery all while social distancing at the same time. Here we have a list of the best beaches to visit in Massachusetts.

    Preschool Resources
  1. Get your body moving for Workout Wednesday.
  2. What will you hear on a Sound Safari?
    3. Kylie challenges you to create a doodle without picking up your marker (or any drawing tool) the whole time! This is great fine motor practice and can also be a fun journaling activity. Grown-ups, you can tell your child that the marker is "glued" to the paper once it touches it. Encourage them to draw slowly to notice the shapes they make while they are doodling. They can color in the shapes once they are finished just like Kylie did here in this video.
    3. Go on a shape walk in your neighborhood and look for Square Shapes.

     

PreK Resources
1. These Books with No Words prompt children to use their imagination. 
2. This is Levi (from the Children Just Like Me book), from the very North of Canada. Do you think it is warm or cold there? Like many of us Levi likes playing with cars and eating french fries! Yum! Make your own All About Me page with pictures and information about you!

Weekday Wrap Up

Tuesday, June 9

Moreh Bret continues with print making on how to make a collograph.

Toddler Resources

  1. This article on why children may need forts now more than ever is a great resource for the benefits of fort building and dramatic play.
  2. Here is a design for a house fort and a castle fort.
  3. 10 Outdoor Activities to do Today!

The Franklin Park Zoo has re-opened. Here are their guidelines to make your next visit a great one.

Preschool Resources

  1. Check out this read aloud of Scribble Stones.
  2. Morah Kylie visits her neighborhood rock garden and plays I Spy!
  3. Morah Holly teaches us all about clouds. What will you see when you look up at the sky?
  4. Here are some fun ideas for June and July!
     

PreK Resources
 

Weekday Wrap Up

Monday, June 

Moreh Bret introduces print-making with Monoprinting

Toddler Resources

  1. 20 of the best summer activities for toddlers
    2. 25 Outdoor arts and crafts for kids
    3. Here is another list of places you can get masks for kids

    Preschool Resources
  1. Learn how to make one of  Morah Holly's favorite snacks: Popcorn
    2. Morah Debbie offers some fun Circle activities
    3. Emma reads We All Sing with the Same Voice. The words in this book are actually from a Sesame Street song, which you can listen to and learn here

4. Now more than ever is the time to spread some positivity, even if it is something so small like painting a positive word or phrase on a rock. When Kylie was home with her family in Connecticut, she would paint "Positivity Rocks" and place them in random spots on the side of the road so that people would come across them and read the positive message that was written on it. 
Now that she is back in Boston, she stumbled upon a similar concept. In her neighborhood there is a "Rock Garden." Kylie painted some rocks of her own to add to the garden and she encourages you and your child to try this activity as well. You can go on a walk together and pick a spot to leave your rock(s), or you can start a little rock garden of your own! Watch this video to see how Kylie painted her rocks!

PreK Resources
1. The Ariyot teachers provide some resources for discussing current events with children. 

Weekday Wrap Up

Friday, June 5

Next up for Moreh Bret's book-making projects: Make your own Scroll or Torah. He will also show you how to make Antiqued Paper with Coffee Staining

Toddler Resources

  1. Check out these different ways to have fun this summer, even if you're staying home.
  2. Here are 100 ways to make Shabbat special!
  3. Faith Ringgold reads her book Tar Beach.


Preschool Resources

  1. Bubble Wrap Shabbat! Check out all of the ways to use bubble wrap.
  2. Here is a delicious recipe for summer berry pie.
  3. All the Colors That We Are read aloud.
  4. We Are Family read aloud.
  5. A great resource to help in talking about race.


PreK Resources

  1. Be a bird today and check out these different yoga poses.

Weekday Wrap Up

Thursday, June 4

Next up for Moreh Bret's book-making projects: How to Make a Three Hole Book.

Toddler Resources
1. This blog has some key points about fort building and why it's such a valuable form a of play! Fort building can be done inside or outside, with lots of materials or with just a box or tww. Forts and hideouts create many play opportunities for both older and younger children.
2. Enjoy this read a loud of "Not a Box" by Antoinne Portis, its amazing how simple objects can bring the most imagination to our play!
3. Here is a list of 100 ideas for summer activities

Preschool Resources
1. Check out this list of educational websites and resources for kids. 
2. Watch Kylie's video of her doing some color drawings. You can try this at home and practice your drawing and writing!
3. Can you spot all the animals in this Animal I Spy storyboard? 
4. This Butterfly Life Cycle storyboard shows adult butterflies and has Morah Debbie's recipe for chocolate-covered pretzel butterflies!

PreK Resources
1. This storyboard is all about Birds you can find in Brookline! Which birds will you hear the next time you go outside or open your window?
2. Dana tells about Canada Day and gives a coloring page as well as an I Spy Canada game. 

Weekday Wrap Up

Wednesday, June 3

 
Moreh Bret shows us how to make a silly face book.


Toddler Resources

  1. We have also included a YouTube link to one of my favorite books. Now more than ever it is a difficult to understand when and how to stand up for ourselves and for others. The beauty of this book is its ability to reach children and adults of any age. I often read it to toddlers, and I often read it with much, much older children, and everyone, even the teachers, find a different take away each time we read it.
  2. As we begin to think about the end of the school year, and the beginning of our return to school for some of you, and the start of summer break for some of you, we wanted to share a blog that speaks to the reduction of screen time in young kids. This has been a unique situation, and many of us, including the teachers are so grateful for the role technology has played in our ability to stay connected, but we are also thinking about he move forward, and what we keep and we start to think about decreasing.  This thoughtful blog has one parent's journey, while this mom's journey may not fit ours exactly, there are a few key points we can possibly relate to as we look to the future. Check it out here!
  3. Here are 10 outdoor activities for toddlers!


Preschool Resources

  1. Get your blood pumping with these great workouts from Morah Holly!
  2. Literature is a great way to teach children, especially about difficult conversations. This website offers several resources about choosing books that are anti-bias. 
    3. Learn about the Chrysalis stage of the butterfly life cycle. 
     

PreK Resources

  1. Learn about Green Group's travels, as they go to Toronto!
  2. Here is a storyboard about Beaks and the different uses birds have for them.

Weekday Wrap Up

Tuesday, June 2

Moreh Bret shows how to make a cover for your accordion book (see Monday's accordion book link!). 

Toddler Resources
1. This article is about helping kids get used to masks
2. Here is a list of kid-friendly masks available for purchase. 
3. Watch  these videos of Morah Caroline releasing the butterflies!
4. The D'vorim teachers shared this interesting blog on raising outdoor kids. As the weather gets better and guidance suggests that is safe to play outside, they wanted to share how that mindset shifts when living in an urban or suburban setting versus a rural setting. 

Preschool Resources
1. Check out Morah Holly's storyboard about Puzzles.
2. This article about how and when to talk to children about current events might be helpful for families grappling with whether to share recent news with children. 
3. Listen to this 20-minute clip from NPR on Talking Race with Young Children
4. Here is another resource related to How to Talk to Kids about Race and Racism
5. The Skin You Live In is a children's book that celebrates the diversity of human skin. 
6. Learn more about the Life Cycle of Butterflies, make a caterpillar snack, and learn a caterpillar song!

PreK Resources
1. Answer some "Have you ever...?" questions of the day from the Ariyot teachers. 
2. Learn about some Famous Buildings in Canada. Can you spot Dana in one of the pictures? Here are links to coloring pages of the CN Tower and Construction Workers
3. The Tzabim teachers share some stories and activities in this storyboard about Eggs

Weekday Wrap Up

Monday, June 1

Moreh Bret teaches us how to make an accordion book.

Toddler Resources

  1. This website is a great resource for the benefits of playing outside. Check out their challenge to spend 100 hours outside in 2020!
     

Preschool Resources

  1. Take a walk around Morah Holly's pond with her. What will you see?
  2. Scholastic Learn at Home is a great resource to have!
  3. If you're looking for different worksheets available, this website has many for different age groups and subject matters.
  4. For age approriate worksheets and games, check out Education.com!
  5. Learn about the lifecycle of a butterfly and see how many butterflies you see outside today.
     

PreK Resources

  1. Learn about nests of different animals. 

Weekday Wrap Up

Friday, May 29

Moreh Bret shows how to make a box and gives suggestions of ways you can turn the box into the ark of the covenant in celebration of Shavuot. 

Toddler Resources
1. Here are ten simple ideas to make this day (Shavuot) special for families!
2. In Israel and Jewish schools and synagogues all over the world it is a long standing tradition to have Shavuot parties, plays and get-togethers where we make and wear flower crowns, tell Torah stories, read the 10 Commandments, and of course enjoy all kinds of tasty dairy treats!
3. Here is a picture of the Dubim butterflies! All five now have emerged from their chrysalides! They will be released on Monday out into nature! The teachers will take a video of this too so that everyone can see. In the picture, you can see one of the butterflies on the paper towel, which is wet with sugar on it. If you look closely you can see a tube like structure, almost like a tongue. That is called a proboscis. This is how butterflies get their nutrients they need by sipping nectar, water, fruit, and even tree sap!
4. Check out these 30 flower activities for toddlers!

Preschool Resources
1. This storyboard has a read aloud and ideas for a Shabbat Listening Walk.
2. Try this recipe for a Shavuot Ricotta Cheese Pie
3. Here are a couple more Shavuot treat ideas: Ice Cream in a Bag and Kick the Can Ice Cream.
4. Watch Morah Johanna use props to tell the story of Moses receiving the ten commandments. 
5. Kylie shows an ice cream craft that teaches about the ten commandments. 

PreK Resources
1. When Moses received the 10 Commandments, the bottom of Mount Sinai was said to be surrounded by flowers.  Watch as Morah Alex uses materials she found in her home to make a flower. What materials can you use to make flowers?

Weekday Wrap Up

Thursday, May 28

Make your own crown with this art project from Bret.

Toddler Resources

  1. To celebrate Shavuot, we love this poem about Mount Sinai. 
  2. To explore the beautiful flowers on Mount Sinai, check out these different flower themed art projects.
  3. This recipe is for a rich and delicious food to eat on Shavuot. Make your own cheese blintzes
  4. Buterflies have emerged! Look at the picture here.
     

Preschool Resources

  1. With the sun shining and the weather getting warmer, Kofim teachers Emma and Kylie put together this storyboard to enoucrage your children to keep on hats and wear sunscreen.
  2. The Arr Lesson is a book that explores paper art projects. Debbie shared this storyboard with us.
  3. Here are some other Shavuot art projects to explore.
  4. This is a delicious recipe for ricotta cheese!
     

PreK Resources
 

  1. These Shavuot recipes are a delicious way to celebrate.
  2. How do birds make their nests? Check out this interactive storyboard.
  3. Learn about clothing in Japan here.

Weekday Wrap Up

Wednesday, May 27

Moreh Bret's sheep need a summer haircut! Tag along with him as he does some  Sheep Sheering!

Toddler Resources
1. This Friday is the Jewish Holiday of Shavuot, the holiday when we celebrate Moses coming down from Mount Sinai with the gift of the Torah and the 10 Commandants. There are many ways that we celebrate, because Israel is often referred to as the land of milk and honey, it is traditional to have cheesecake, blintzes, ice cream and other sweet dairy treats! Kat and Alyssa shared this week's Jewish Boston Blog post with a festive and family friendly rainbow cheesecake recipe. They have also included a link to some ways Shavuot is celebrated in Israel as well as a traditional poem about how Mount Sinai, one of the most simple, humble mountains became the mountain that the Torah was given on, rather than the other exciting, tall, beautiful and impressive mountains in Israel. 
2. Caroline and Vicky shared this video of the chrysalides. Do you see one of them shaking? The window was open and the breeze was blowing in on the Butterfly habitat. When butterfly chrysalides shake, they are trying to ward off predators. If they sense vibrations, they will wiggle and shake in order to frighten off anything that may harm them.
3. Stop and Shop has launched its first-ever  Grow & Learn Program, with the aim of teaching young gardeners how to grow their own vegetables and herbs. While supplies last, the grocer will give away free seed pods and activity books to customers. The seed pods, featuring 20 varieties of vegetables and herbs, will be available by the indoor or outdoor floral displays for customers to help themselves to as they leave Stop & Shop locations in Massachusetts!

Preschool Resources
1. See a Shavuot treasure box and some pictures of the ten commandment tablets from school here
2. Try Kylie's Mac and Cheese recipe for Shavuot!
3. Emma reads We're All Wonders, by R.J. Palacio. 
4. Morah Debbie shares a Shavuot story called The Littlest Mountain along with a craft activity. 
 

PreK Resources
1. Morah Jill found some feathers in her backyard! See and learn about them with this storyboard!
2. This storyboard is about Why Rules are Important. 
3. Can you guess which animals Dana wrote in this Japanese language? 
4. Morah Alisa shows how to make Blintzes for Shavuot.
5. Join Morah Alisa for another Yoga Lesson!

Weekday Wrap Up

Tuesday, May 26

The Ten Commandments on your fingers.

Toddler Resources

  1. This beautiful weather allows for plenty of outside time. Here are some tips on how you can encourage a love of nature in your child.
  2. Keep the blood pumping with these activities on ecnouraging your child to stay active.
  3. Dubim's caterpillar update: they have been moved to a larger habitat! 
  4. Here is a worksheet about the lifecycle of a butterfly.
     

Preschool Resources

  1. What is Shavuot? Learn about it with this storyboard and these resource links.
  2. These websites are filled with preschool math related resources. Stay at Home Educator and Color by Number
  3. Learn about Shavuot and The Ten Commandments
  4. Take a look at this Baby Shark Sensor. Don't worry, you won't have to listen to the song over and over.
     

PreK Resources

  1. Take a trip around the world and learn about Japan's flag.
  2. There are many types of birds you may be seeing outside now with the beautiful weather. Look at some of the birds here.
  3. Morah Johanna reads a book that explains Shavuot.
  4. Yoga with Morah Alisa.

Weekday Wrap Up

Friday, May 22

Bret teaches us about fireflies.

Toddler Resources

  1. Here are some unplugged activities for Shabbat or during down time this weekend. 
  2. May 28th is Shavuot. Here is a resource for simple ways to celebrate at home.
  3. To celebrate our growing caterpillars, take a tour of The Eric Carle Museum.
  4. Speaking of caterpillars, look at Dubim's caterpillars. They are in the chrysalides stage. 
     

Preschool Resources

  1. Read Koala Challah with Holly in this storyboard.
  2. Read along with Dr. Seuss' My Many Colored Days.
  3. Find activities related to My Many Colored Days here. What will you create?
  4. Kylie shares her picture from a day at the park. 
     

PreK Resources

  1. Go on a tour of buildings and structures here. After, you can create your own blueprint and build your own city!
  2. Get your body moving with these three movement activities, inspired by bees.

 

Weekday Wrap Up

Thursday, May 21

Moreh Bret teaches us about Ants today!

Toddler Resources

  1. Caroline and Vicky have another Dubim Caterpillar update. All of them are heading to the top now! Two of the chrysalides have fallen but don’t worry! When they transfer them to their new Butterfly Habitat which will be in a few days, they can gently scoop them out of the cup with a plastic spoon and place them in their new home and they should be great!
    2. Here are some insect-themed yoga poses that we shared during our Zoom Playdates.

    3. Eric Carle reads his classic story The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Eric Carle and his books have brought joy to millions all around the world, but did you know that Eric Carle is local? The Eric Carle Museum, located in Western MA, may be closed, but the website has many online resources that are fun and engaging for grown-ups and kids!

Preschool Resources

1. Join Morah Holly on her Nature Walk!
2. Kylie and Emma have a Scavenger Hunt challenge for you to do at home. 
3. Morah Debbie provides some ways to explore color with these Color Rhyming Words and Rainbow Activities.

PreK Resources

1. Learn about today's community helper: the Sailor
2. Dana shares a fun kite-making activity related to a Japanese holiday that celebrates children!

 

Weekday Wrap Up

Wednesday, May 20



Toddler Resources

  1. Here are some printable insect coloring sheets. 
  2. Wow! Look at Dubim's caterpillars already! 
  3. Here are some fun and safe ways to recreate the sensory play of dirt in a taste-safe way.
     

Preschool Resources

  1. Rain, Rain, Go Away! Holly shares some fun facts about clouds with us.
  2. Eat the rainbow with this delicious recipe from Debbie.
  3. We love this magic milk science experiment. Check it out!
  4. The Color Monster helps us sort and understand our feelings.
  5. Let's exercise with Kylie!
     

PreK Resources

  1. Today, we're learning all about honey, including an interview with a bee keeper!
  2. Our community helpers today are the mail carrier and a referee. 
  3. Let's travel around Japan! This website has beautiful pictures to explore.
  4. Travel with this printable maze and see where you'll go.

Weekday Wrap Up

Tuesday, May 19

Moreh Bret's storyboard today is All About Butterflies!

Toddler Resources

1. Here is a list of mud activities for kids as well as a list of ten reasons why playing in dirt is socially, emotionally and physically beneficial!
2. These painted ladybug rocks are a good project to do outside, especially in the nice weather! You can also incorporate Math into this as well by counting how many spots you put on the rock, or paint it into another insect. 
3. Vicky and Caroline have another  caterpillar update! They have now had the caterpillars for almost a week! In approximately 10-14 days, they begin to get into their chrysalis. A chrysalis is the state they go into before turning into a butterfly, so they will begin doing that very soon. 

Preschool Resources

1. Morah Holly shares some Bicycle Fun activities. 
2. Listen to this read-aloud of Giraffes Can't DanceHere is a picture of Gerald for coloring!
3. Did you already see Moreh Bret's storyboard about butterflies? Check it out! Here is a simple way to make a butterfly feeder at home. This one is more involved but also worth a try. 

PreK Resources

1. The Tzabim teachers collected a variety of printable bee-related activities including Busy Bee line tracing, a Bee Memory Game (print two copies), this Bee Pollination Game, a  Bee puzzle and also a Bee and Butterfly puzzle
2. Morah Annie tells us about Police Officers and provides some video links and a fingerprinting activity!
3. Dana tells us about Japanese Cherry Blossoms! Here is the printable cherry blossom coloring page

Weekday Wrap Up

Monday, May 18

Bret takes us through this lady bug art project.

Toddler Resources

  1. This read aloud of Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a fun and interactive way to learn about caterpillars and butterflies.
  2. This art project goes along with Eric Carle's classic: a paper ring caterpillar
  3. Another way to read The Very Hungry Caterpillar is with this count along book from Sweet Spot Education. Check it out here.


Preschool Resources

  1. This storyboard shows us all of the different types of rocks and what we can do with them. 
  2. Sink or Float? Explore different objects and materials around your house to see which ones sink and which ones float. Fill up a large bowl of water and one by one, add the objects to the water.
  3. Crayola's website has a wide variety of coloring pages. Here are some science themed ones!
  4. Kofim updates us on the growth of their bean. Look at how much it has grown!
  5. Learn about colors with Leo Lionni's Books About Colors.
  6. Kylie shows us how she recycled a cereal box to make something special.


PreK Resources

  1. What better way to celebrate spring than to celebrate bees? Look at this storyboard for pictures of bees, their habitats, and fun facts. 
  2. Our community helper today is a pilot! 
  3. Here is a number activity that can be printed out, themed along with pilots.
    4. Travel to Japan with Dana! 

Weekday Wrap Up

Friday, May 15

Moreh Bret teaches us about how Maple Syrup is made!

Toddler Resources

1. Use this Spring Scavenger Hunt to bring attention to the spring-time changes happening outside!
2. Can you believe how much the Dubim caterpillars have grown in one day? Do you see the small brown balls inside the cup? That is “frass” or caterpillar waste. It is a sign that they are eating and growing, which means they’re healthy. Vicky and Caroline can't wait to see how much they grow over the weekend!

Preschool Resources

1. Morah Holly shares 101 ways to praise your child and a French Toast recipe. 
2. Learn about different strategies for planting seeds and helping them grow with Morah Debbie. 
3. Try this recipe for Amazing Sheet Pan Roasted Cherry Tomatoes!
3. Kylie has been doing a lot of experimenting with color mixing. Today she mixed colors to make some Tie Dye T-shirts! Watch this video to see how she made them. 
4. Can you spot all of the ducklings and goslings in Emma's Nature Walk I Spy storyboard? 

PreK Resources

1. Read "The Very Lonely Firefly" and do Firefly Art with Morah Alex. 
2. Ty gave us some clues about which country the Green Group friends will be learning about next week:

This country's flag has red and white on their flag.
This country's flag has a circle in their flag.
If we were to travel to this country from Boston by plane, it would take approximate 16 hours.
This country's capital is Tokyo.
Sushi became popular because of this country.

Can you guess which country it is?

Weekday Wrap Up

Thursday, May 14

Look at all of the trees that Bret has seen outside! This storyboard is a wonderful learning tool with read alouds and worksheets included.

Toddler Resources

  1. With the changing weather, here are some tips to get your children intereted in gardening.
  2. Here are 5 herbs that are easy for children to help grow.
  3. Morah Alyssa sings a plant song with us here.
     

Preschool Resources

  1. Debbie takes us on a tour of her garden while searching for purple plants and flowers. Look at these beautiful pictures here
  2. My First Book of Shapes by Diane Namm teaches us all about shapes.
  3. This website is a great resource for printable activities for all ages. 
  4. This read aloud of If I Built a Car inspires young readers to think about what their car would look like. After listening to the story, here are some questions to think about: 

Would it be big or small? Slow or fast?  What color would it be? Where would you drive to in your car? Who would you invite for a drive in your car? What foods would you have in your car's snack bar? Would it have anything special like Jack's swimming pool? Use your journal to draw a picture of your car and make a list of all of the things you would want it to have! 

5. Signs of spring are everywhere. What will you spot outside? Holly walks us through what she has seen in her own backyard!
6. Get your body moving with this sun salutation guide and video.
 

PreK Resources

  1. This read aloud of Quackenstein Hatches a Family is a class favorite. After you've listened to the story, try to re-create the story yourself! Use toys, family members, or art supplies to act out or draw the story. 
  2. It's time to learn about fireflies
  3. Catch an insect journal is a fun way to capture the picture of any insects you may see outside.
  4. Learn about the art of capoeira here. 
  5. The Toco Toucan and Poisonous Dart Frog are two animals featured here, as we learn about animals from the rainforest. 
  6. Here are coloring sheets of the Toco Toucan and the Poisonous Dart Frog.

Weekday Wrap Up

Wednesday, May 13

Toddler Resources

1. Here are some fun sensory activities with rocks that can be explored outdoors where the clean up will be extra easy. We have also included a link to a  sweet book illustrated with painted rocks
2. The Dubim teachers have some  caterpillars! They will post pictures and give daily updates as the caterpillars grow. Can you see how many caterpillars there are? These are Painted Lady caterpillars. They will turn into beautiful orange and black  butterflies, almost like the Monarch.
3. Check out this printable gardening activity

Preschool Resources

1. Make bubbles at home!
2. Learn about Why Family Dinner is Important and get some ideas for dinnertime activities.  
3. Emma reads  Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site and A Fruit is a Suitcase for a Seed
4. Play Fetch with Kylie and her friend Sandy! 

PreK Resources

1. Read "The Grouchy Ladybug" and make Ladybug Art with Morah Alex!
2. Learn about Meteorologists!
3. Learn how to say colors in Portuguese with Dana!

Weekday Wrap Up

Tuesday, May 12

Look at this lovely adventure Bret went on and visit a nursery with him!

Toddler Resources

  1. If you have the chance to get outside and spend time in your yard, neighborhood or on a walk, its a great time to go looking for Dandelions! Attached is simple process centered art project you can do with any Dandelions you collect.
  2. This Dandelion Cookie recipe is a delicious treat to work together to make in the kitchen.
  3. Here is a read aloud of When Spring Comes to celebrate this beautiful weather we've been having.
    4. Go on a leaf scavengar hunt. What kind of leaves will you find?

     

Preschool Resources

  1. Explore colors with this read aloud and accompanying storyboard, Cat's Colors.
  2. Emma takes us on an inteactive tour of the different parts of a car with this storyboard
  3. Little Cloud by Eric Carle is a great read aloud to help us learn about clouds.
  4. This cloud science experiment is a hands on way to explore clouds and how they work. Check it out here!
  5. Let's go on a number hunt! For this activity, you need a single sheet of paper with numbers 1-25 and then cut up pieces of paper with numbers 1-25. Select a number from the pile and then find its match on the single sheet of paper! To advance this activity, instead of writing the number on the cut up sheets, you can draw circles, so that your child is counting the circles and then matching it to the sheet. 
  6. It's a race to fill up the cup with this fun counting game. Here's how it works: This is a great activity for multiple players (siblings!) to work together on. 1) Collect a variety of small materials from around the house (paper clips, bouncy balls, pencils, etc) 2) Set up two cups of the same size 3)Do you have a set of dice? If not, write the numbers 1-6 on small pieces of paper. 4)Roll the dice (or draw a number) and take turns filling up your cup with that amount of things. The goal of the game is not to see who fills their cup up first, but to see the many different ways your cup can be filled. If you put in 3 large items versus 3 small items, what do you think will happen?
  7. This walking rainbow science experiment is an interactive way to explore colors. Debbie demonstrates it for us here, and the result is beautiful!


PreK Resources

  1. This week, learn all about insects with Tzabim. Today, explore ladybugs with this read aloud 
  2. Here are some interesting facts all about ladybugs. 
  3. These three worksheets are a great independent activity about ladybugs. 

Roll and Write ladybugs, Draw the Spots, and How Many Spots?
4. The community helper today is a firefighter. Morah Annie's grandfather was a Fire chief for the Chicago Fire Department. When she was little he used to let her sit in the firetruck! Have you ever sat in a firetruck?  I remember the wheels being SO big!  Do you remember friends when we were on the playground and saw the fireman and his firetruck the day of our fire drill.  He talked to us about being safe.  
5. Here is a firefighter counting puzzle and a sequencing activity.

Weekday Wrap Up

Monday, May 11

Learn about rock art and artist Jon Foreman with this storyboard from Moreh Bret. 

Toddler Resources

1. Today is a holiday called Lag B'omer. Like many Jewish Holidays it has a strong connection to nature and the outdoors, and to storytelling and learning. Here is a fun family friendly website with simple ways to celebrate at home. 
2. We encourage trying a collaborative version of this bonfire inspired craft, especially if you have older children at home. Paper tearing is not only engaging and fun for toddlers, it also satisfies the need for repetitive exploration, builds fine motor dexterity, finger and hand coordination, motor planning and even problem solving! Toddlers will love tearing and gluing paper and older children can be challenged to turn their younger sibling's torn paper abstract art into something concrete by drawing in details or adding other collage materials.
3. For more information on the developmental benefits behind paper tearing (and many other fun activities!), explore this website with simple introductory explanations and activity ideas listed by age group. 
4. We love this idea for the kids if you currently have a garden or even if you only plant one thing: a “ fairy garden” for them. They could bring out some of their toys to leave/play in the garden. This will also help them with their imaginative play!
5. Try making a  twig teepee. If you have any extra branches or twigs lying around, you can use them to stack against a wall, fence or tree. Help them arrange the branches to make walls that are dense so they provide privacy and make an opening that’s just wide enough for them to crawl through. If you don’t have any large tree branches, small ones can do too for their fairy garden toys!

Preschool Resources

1. Practice math and literacy skills with this storyboard from Morah Holly:  More Fun with Sticks!
2. See Emma's trucks that she made with materials at home and get some ideas for vehicle play. 
3. Learn about the Primary Colors and how to mix them together to make different colors in the rainbow with this video from Kylie! Children LOVE to mix paint. If you have access to paints or other types of art supplies, try this activity out at home. It's a nice calming activity and encourages children to experiment with mixing colors to create new ones! 
4. Here are some fun read alouds to have a virtual storytime with. *Hey, That's My Monster! * Ruby Finds a Worry and The Book With No Pictures

PreK Resources

Today's Community Helper storyboard is about Delivery People and Farmers

Weekday Wrap Up

Friday, May 8

Continue learning about horses with Moreh Bret's storyboard about Western Riding!

Toddler Resources

  1. This construction printable helps with number identification for numbers 1-24.
  2. Using rocks, you can create your own construction site in this fun literacy activity! 
  3. Here is a construction themed coloring page.

 

Preschool Resources

  1. Take a look at this delicious recipe from Debbie. Sheet pan chicken with vegetables.

2. Shabbat is here. This storyboard from Holly shares a special recipe as well.
3. Emma shows us her own Colors of Shabbat book and provides resources for you to make your own here.
4. Lag BaOmer is celebrated on Monday, May 11. Learn more about the holiday here.
5. Kylie leads us in a sorting activity here.

PreK Resources

1. Learn about Amelia Earhart with this read aloud and storyboard.
2. Today's community helper is all about cowboys.

Weekday Wrap Up

Thursday, May 7

Continue learning about horses with Moreh Bret's storyboard about English Riding

Toddler Resources

1. This printable from Pocketful of Preschool (https://pocketofpreschool.com/) that can be printed and added to blocks for more dramatic play with tools. 
2. Here is another Blog with  interesting ideas about introducing real tools and other items you may have at home to incorporate in their play. 
3. The idea that items have no set purpose until a child finds a purpose for them within their play is one of the principles of a theory called Loose Parts Play. Studies show that Loose Parts Play builds fine motor skills, many of which are needed to build the muscles used later on for writing. Loose parts play also increases problem solving, creativity, independent thought, and attention stamina. While this theory is associated with play-based learning methods, such as the ones that inspire many of our practices at TCEE, the idea actually was developed by an architect looking to inspire Pre-engineering skills in young children. For more information on this theory you can check out this website about Loose Parts.
4. Here is a quick info-Graphic on Loose Parts and how we used them in the classroom. Many of these ideas and items can be used at home to extend attention stamina and independent play. 
5. Get outside and try a muddy bin to get their trucks/cars messy in and a clean one to wash them afterwards! 

Preschool Resources

1. Use this time at home to teach your child life skills with these suggestions from Morah Holly. 
2. Today Kylie went on an Animal Hunt! And it got pretty silly. Watch the video so you can see all the animals she found! You can help her decide if some of the animals are real or pretend. Maybe you can go on a walk and look for some animals too! Or you can find some pretend animals that you might have in your house. 
3. This article from The Boston Globe suggests that one of the best things parents can do for their children while they are out of school is to read, read, read!
4. Emma reads "Abracadabra, It's Spring!" by Anne Sibley O'Brien. 
5. Check out this list of 10 things every parent should know about play.

PreK Resources

1. Learn about Blue Feelings with this  Blue Fish is Out of Water storyboard. 
2. What does a Crossing Guard do? 
3. Learn about author and illustrator Shel Silverstein and rhyming with this read aloud.

Weekday Wrap Up

Wednesday, May 6

Bret shares with us the Cleaning and Gooming practices used with horses.

Toddler Resources

  1. Pete the Cat: Construction Destrcution! read aloud.

2. This matching game from Pocketful of Preschool is a great activity with many uses. Find it here.

Preschool Resources

  1. What are some of the signs of Spring? Emma and Kylie share some pictures from spring.
  2. I'm Me self-portrait poem and project.
    3. Let's explore nature with binoculars! 

4. Kylie takes us on a flower hunt!
5. Check out this delicious smoothie recipe here.

PreK Resources

  1. The community helper today is an astronaut! Watch these two videos to learn more about astronauts. What do astronauts do? If I Were an Astronaut
    2. This website has great art projects, all inspired by Elmer's Glue.

Weekday Wrap Up

Tuesday, May 5

Meet Moreh Bret's Horses!

Toddler Resources

1. Here is a list of construction vehicles, these can be cut up and taped to blocks to be used as mini cars to add to your at home construction play, or you can look around your neighborhood to see if you see any of these cool trucks!
2. Watch this short construction vehicle video
3. Check out this Reading Rainbow visit to a recycling center
4. Try this activity: Write on rocks that your child has collected, (permanent marker works best) and practice letter recognition. This could be fun to do outside, especially since it’s been so nice out! 
5. Try out this printable Construction Worker Craft. If you have a pair of kid scissors, this could be a great time to practice cutting if you’re comfortable and the kids can decorate the construction worker all on their own!

Preschool Resources

1. Morah Holly says that keeping in touch with friends and family right now is so important! So, here is a fun assignment for your child to take part in to keep in touch with his/her classmates, teachers and family. Show the love! Write a letter on paper, you could even draw a picture. Address the envelope and put on a stamp. Mail the letter!
2. Here is a link to another idea - Mail A Hug!
3. Try out these Journal Activities with Beans (or use anything else you have, like pasta or beads!). 
4. Encourage your children to move their bodies (inside or outside) and practice their number/counting skills at the same time! With paper plates (or paper cut into circles) you can make your own lily pads and label each one with a number. Your child can decorate them if they'd like. Arrange the numbered lily pads on the ground for your child to jump from one lily pad to another. This can either be done independently where the child jumps while they count or a grown-up can call out a number and the child will have to jump to that number. Here is a picture of how Kylie arranged her paper plates (lily pads). Make as many as you'd like and encourage your children to jump like frogs as they practice their counting skills and number identification! And here is a fun song related to counting: Five Green and Speckled Frogs.
5. Learn about Planting a Container Garden with this storyboard from Morah Debbie!

PreK Resources

Learn about what doctors and nurses do with another Community Helper Storyboard

Weekday Wrap Up

Monday, May 4

This video by Bret is a wonderful tour of the types of horses on his family's farm! Check it out here.

Toddler Resources

  1. Practice one to one correspondence with this construction themed game. An example can be found here. 
  2. This song and construction banner (banner courtesy of Pocketful of Preschool) continue the construction theme with movement and literacy. 
     

Preschool Resources

  1. Take a look at all of the ways to get creative at home with this storyboard from Holly.
  2. Kofim planted a bean and has been watching its progress. Follow along with them here!
    3. Signs of the Spring Garden storyboard. 
    4. Create your own obstacle course.



PreK Resources

  1. The community helpers today are a baseball player, barber, and ballerina. Learn all about them with this storyboard.
  2. Practice numbers 1-3 here.
    3.  Yoga outside with Morah Alisa 

Weekday Wrap Up

Friday, May 1

Artist bio: Marc Chagall and Stained Glass

Toddler Resources

1. Go on a virtual tour of Israel!
2. Check out this Listen page on the PJ Library website for music, read alouds, and podcasts.  

Preschool Resources
1. This I LOVE Shabbat storyboard from Holly has hearts, questions, coloring pages, and a recipe!
1. Morah Debbie shows us how to Make Delicious Tabbouli at Home.
2. Emma reads her favorite rainy day book, The Big Umbrella, by Amy June Bates.
3. She also loves reading The Rainbow Fish, by Marcus Pfister. 
4. Kylie shows some creative ways to make a journal for preschoolers in  this video. You can also add this printable journal page

PreK Resources

Learn about what a Baker does with this Community Helper Storyboard

Weekday Wrap Up

Thursday, April 30

Artist bio: Mirit Ben Nun
Artist bio: Zion Ozeri

Toddler Resources

1. Let's go on a virtual tour of Israel!
2. Get your body moving with these 10 Movement Songs.
3. Encourage independent play with these activities. 
4. This website is great for simple, easy prep art projects. 

Preschool Resources

  1. F is for Flag. Check out this storyboard exploring the letter F!

2. Learn about what the Hamsa Hand is.
3. These beautiful stained glass windows by Marc Chagall are featured in this storyboard.
4. This easy recipe is fun for making hummus in a bag
5. Preschool journaling encourages literacy and communication skills. Here is a great document and example from Emma and Kylie!
6. This Six Sticks Book and Activity will keep you busy!

PreK Resources

  1. Morah Alisa leads us through a great morning yoga session. The video can be found here.
  2. Take a trip to Jerusalem with this storyboard.
  3. Community Helper Calendar
     

Weekday Wrap Up

Wednesday, April 29

Pignic Time! Spice and her friends have been loving going outside in the spring weather to celebrate spring by having pignics. They love roaming and running around and munching the fresh grown grass.

Toddler Resources

1. Spring is definitely in the air today! We have attached a  spring scavenger hunt, some of the animals are just starting to emerge today!
2. Here is a simple  lion themed paint activity. You could also use post-it notes to form the mane around the lion for an alternate material.
3. Enjoy one of Morah Kat's favorite childhood stories: Tawny Scrawny Lion.
4. If you are feeling adventurous, here is a  carrot soup recipe!
5. This Preschool Activities website has a ton of stuff to choose from along with lots of free printables, including coloring pages of zoo animals. 
6. This website has Israel activities for children and families. 

Preschool Resources

1. Check out this storyboard with flag activities from Morah Holly!
2. Here is a Musical Birthday Storyboard for Yom Ha'atzmaut. 
3. In honor of Yom Ha'atzmaut today, Kylie shows us this fun  sensory activity! Archeology is a hobby in Israel, so she made some sand using two simple ingredients and pretended to be an archeologist! All you need is:
-1 cup flour
-1/4 cup oil (Kylie used vegetable oil but if you have baby oil that's even better!)
Mix the ingredients together into a bowl. Once you make your sand, you can put different objects in such as rocks or shells -- and then dig!

PreK Resources

1. Access this read aloud of the book Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do
2. Read this story from Morah Annie about feelings in the Yellow Zone: Yellow Fish is Out of Water
3. Learn about the city of Tel Aviv with this storyboard from Morah Alisa. 
4. Explore optical illusions and learn about Israeli artist Yaacov Agam with this storyboard from Moreh Bret. 

Weekday Wrap Up

Tuesday, April 28

Toddler Resources

  1. ABC Israel Picture Book
    2. Explore the Zoological Center of Tel Aviv. 
    3. These animal coloring pages are a great independent play activity.

4. This list of 20 activities that can be done to help promote independent play is a great resource as well.

Preschool Resources

  1. Pack your bags for a pretend trip to Israel with this storyboard from Holly. 
    2. Read along with Emma as we learn about Ella's Trip to Israel.
    3. Here is a number themed art project
    4. Rain Drop Letter matching activity
    5. Watch Kylie make some paper lanterns as decorations for Yom Ha'atzmaut! 

        All you need to make these are: 
        -Paper, 
        -Scissors
        -Markers, crayons, or anything to decorate with 
        -Tape, glue, or staples

PreK Resources

  1. Learn all about community helpers today with this book, In My Neighborhood.

 

Weekday Wrap Up

Monday, April 27

Toddler Resources

1. This Wednesday Israel will be celebrating its Birthday, a celebration not unlike our Fourth of July, called Yom Hatzmuut. We will be exploring the Zoo and animals this week, and will share some exciting Animal Care and Sanctuary locations in Israel, as well as virtual tours of Zoos and Aquariums locally and across the county!
Today's Animal location in Israel is a the Yodfat Monkey Forest, in Yodfat Israel
For some fun Virtual Tours, and other helpful and fun information, check out Boston central's website.

2. If you have access to paint and animal figures, here is  a fun toddler process art craft! Feel free to further explore this website, it has clear and simple tips for inspiring play that can be used in the classroom, and one on one as a parent!

3. From Vicky and Caroline: Since we’ll be heading into a Zoo Animal theme, here is a cute book/song: “Put Me in the Zoo” By Robert Lopshire.
Also, if you’re interested we found a recipe for  polka dot slime to go along with it (if you happen to have the ingredients): 

· 1/2 cup White or Clear Glue
· 1 tablespoon Saline Solution
· 1/2 cup of Water
· 1/4-1/2 tsp Baking Soda
· Multi-colored pom poms


First, you will want to mix in a bowl, ½ cup of water and ½ cup of glue, then add pom poms, like Spot the Leopard’s polka dots! Stir in the baking soda and add the saline solution. If the slime seems too sticky, you can add more saline solution. Finally, knead your slime and you will start to notice the consistency!

Preschool Resources

1. Wednesday is Israel's birthday! Learn about the holiday and read a story about it in this storyboard from Morah Holly:  It's Israel's Birthday!

2. Get another introduction to Yom Ha'atzmaut, Israel's birthday, and learn how to make an Israeli flag and paper hat with the videos in  this storyboard from Kylie and Emma. 

PreK Resources

1. Are you up for a challenge? Learn about Israel's birthday and find the challenge  here!

2. Learn about Israeli artist Hanoch Piven and make a self-portrait out of found objects or loose parts with this storyboard from Bret. 

3. All of the Preschool and PreK children love yoga with Morah Alisa! Follow along with her yoga poses and learn some Hebrew names for animals with this video

4. Morah Annie reads what it means to feel like a “Fish out of water.” And here is Morah Annie explaining to the children how to make their own fish and fish bowl craft. You can also read the hard copy of Are You a Fish out of Water? and see the written instructions for the Fish Art Activity. This is a great follow-up activity to the Zones of Regulation activity from Wednesday, April 22!

Weekday Wrap Up

Friday, April 24

 

Toddler Resources

  1. These interactive songs are a great time to dance and sing along to! "The Goldfish" and "Challan in the Oven"
  2. Here is an ocean themed board game.
     

Preschool Resources

  1. Check out this storyboard Holly made about the growth of her amarylis plant.
  2. Purple Group disucssed architecture today with these indoor activities.
  3. We are sure there are some days that your children might have extra energy and "sillies." It's important to encourage your children to move their bodies, and like we say at school "shake their sillies out"! Here is a link to the song we sing at school. Rainy days are great for singing and dancing to Shake Your Sillies Out, and why not use what you have at home to Make a Rain Stick or some Egg Shakers to shake too?

PreK Resources

 

Weekday Wrap Up

Thursday, April 23

Watch this video of the TCEE Guinea Pig: Spice Update

Toddler Resources

We hope you are enjoying our stay-cation Beach week, the teachers and our families are having fun preparing it! Today we have provided a Sea Shell song and very simple craft, as well as a link to outside activity ideas.

Preschool Resources

1. Learn how to Make Slime with Holly and her son!

2. This Learning At Home Storyboard from Kylie and Emma will give you ideas about at-home activities and how they support your child's development. 

PreK Resources

1. Here are 3 links for some hands-on activities from Tzabim!  There’s a slime recipe and a playdough recipe.  We thought that since we are talking about frogs this week you could make them green!  Also included is a frog jumping and measurement activity.

2. Try out this Playdough Recipe and watch how it's made with Bret and friends!

3. Andrew the Conductor answers the question, What's Your Favorite Instrument? He also wants to wish that you have a Great Day!

Weekday Wrap Up

Wednesday, April 22

Toddler Resources

  1. The beach stay-cation continues with these great read alouds: The Sandcastle That Lola BuiltTar Beachand Pete the Cat At the Beach
  2. During each story, you can go on a beach scavenger hunt. Download the scoreboard here!
     

Preschool Resources

  1. Happy Earth Day! Check out this read aloud of Emma reading Dr. Seuss' The Lorax.
  2. Purple Group read The Day The Crayons Quit. In the book, Duncan's crayons all quit and it is up to Duncan to get them to come back to him! Listen to the story here.  Activity: Crayon Challenge! At the end of the story, Duncan uses every color to create a picture.  Collect all of the coloring utensils you have around your home and try to use each color once in your own creation!
  3. Go on an Alphabet Adventure with this amazing activity from Holly and Debbie! 

 

Pre-K Resources

  1. This storyboard from Ariyot helps with the zones of regulation. This one focuses on the Red Zone, and how to help manage those feelings. There is a readaloud version of the storyboard here!
  2. Take a field trip to The Vasa Museum in Stockholm. 

    Today we are going on a field trip to the Vasa Museum! The Vasa museum is one of my favorite places I visited in Stockholm. In this museum you can visit a real war ship from the 1600s! That is a long long long long time ago! The King of Sweden wanted to build a ship to show the other countries how powerful, rich and strong Sweden was. They used fancy bronze and designs to build this beautiful ship. Unfortunately, when it went out to sail it sunk in the harbor. The ship was stuck under the water for over 300 years when archeologists were able to recover it. Today, you can go to the museum, explore the ship, learn about what life in Sweden was like a long time ago and learn about how archeologists work.

    Here are some pictures I took at the Vasa Museum when I visited

    Ask your grownups if you can look at the museum website together! https://www.vasamuseet.se/en has lots of videos and pictures you can look at to learn more about the Vasa ship. If you built a ship, what materials would you use?
    3. Check out this Sinking and Floating experiment.

 

Weekday Wrap Up

Tuesday, April 21

Travel with Bret to a cow farm and learn how cheese is made!

Toddler Resources

1. Beach themed stay-cation, anyone? Kat and Alyssa have some great ideas about how to create a sensory immersive imaginative play stay-cation! Follow the link to find some helpful tips for dramatic play, making sensory bins, and increasing your child's stamina for independent play. 

Preschool Resources

1. Need a snack to fuel your play? Learn How to Make Energy Bites with Holly and her son!

2. Watch this video of me making some Bubble Art!
Today I made some Bubble Art! I used the leftover bubbles I made the other day but you can also use dish soap and water. Mix in some paint, blow some bubbles with a straw, and then print your bubbles onto paper! It’s super easy and so much fun! I thought my artwork looked like clouds, what do you think it looks like? 
Smiles, 
Kylie

3. From Emma: I have been thinking about Earth Day and how you do not have to plant a whole garden to have fun and do some learning with your three-year-old about the Earth. Playing in the dirt is half the fun (maybe more) of gardening and is a great way to connect with and gain appreciation for our planet. Why not create a mud kitchen with your child(ren)? All you need is some containers, cups or spoons, dirt and water. There are so many benefits to mud play! Don't forget to set some realistic clean-up expectations before you get started. 
An outdoor "mud kitchen" doesn't have to be glamorous! Pots, pans ...  Play Matters - Playing With Nature, Mud And Getting Dirty ...

4. Purple Group read My Shape is Sam. Here is the recording of their read along! Activity: Create a self-portrait using only shapes. Check out Samantha's:

PreK Resources

1. Have a fika, or a break, with Dana and make some cinnamon buns, or Kanelbullar, as they are called in Sweden!

2. Fun facts about Sweden
   1) Sweden is officially called the Kingdom of Sweden
   2) They speak Swedish in Sweden.
   3) Krona is Swedish currency. 
   4) They are known for Swedish meatballs. 
   5) Ice hockey and soccer are their main sports. 
 -Ty

3. Check out the Mask Play Activity and Resources from Ariyot teacher Annie! This storyboard with pictures of Annie and Pongo Wearing Masks is a great accompaniment to the mask resources. 
Here are two social stories about wearing masks: We Wear Masks and We Are Wearing Masks

4. Tomorrow is Earth Day and the children love seeing and listening to stories where the author reads them. Here is a youtube link of Todd Parr reading his story the Earth Book!

5. Hello families,
   Spring is coming, and we thought this would be a great time to learn about some spring animals, bugs, and insects.  This week we are talking all about frogs.  Have you ever seen a frog, or touched one?!  Maybe when you are outside playing or going for a walk you can try to look for frogs or hear them calling.  Attached is a booklet of information about frogs that the teachers have put together.  We hope that you can learn something new about frogs that you didn’t know before.  Is there something you know about frogs that isn’t in this booklet?  Share it with us—teachers love to learn new things, too!
Love,
your Tzabim teachers

Weekday Wrap Up

Friday, April 17

This social story about wearing masks is for everyone. 

Toddler Resources

1. Here is a link to some sensory rich Shabbat activities that can be fun for toddlers, but also the whole family.
Next week is "Vacation Week" and Alyssa and Kat are working to provide some festive fun that maintains the consistency of our current routine but offers some fresh opportunities to make the week feel special. Our theme will be "Heading to the Beach", we look forward to sharing some play at home ideas to create a fun stay-cation for all of us!

2. Take a look at this Happy Spring Storyboard full of beautiful flowers!

3. Here is another project that could be fun to do since we were talking about flowers. You could use construction paper as well and make them into flower puppets, too. Remember to date the back of their little flower hand if you do this, they grow up so fast!

Preschool Resources

1. The Dot by Peter Reynolds is a story about what can happen with just one little dot. This art project inspires artists to explore that idea as well. Here's what you need: a piece of paper with a single black dot and your imagination. What will you turn your dot into?

2. On Monday Emma planted some bean seeds. Learn about how they grow, see pictures of the beans, and find some links to two stories about seed growth and gardening from this Bean Growth Storyboard

3. Hear a Shabbat story and make some music with this Shabbat Shalom Storyboard from Holly!

4. Did you start making Challah yesterday by following Debbie and Holly's instructions? Here are the next steps for shaping and baking the dough. Part one of the instructions can be found here.

5. Watch this video of Kylie making Homemade Bubbles!
All you need is: 
- 1 cup water
- About a half a cup of dish soap
- 1 tbsp Karo syrup
Pour the ingredients into a bowl and mix together. Now you have some homemade bubbles! I got creative and used some things around my house...I made a bubble wand out of pipe cleaners, you can blow the bubbles with a straw, or you can cut out the bottom of a paper cup and use that as well! 

6. Here are three Earth Week 2020 activities for your child/family: Earth Week Bingo, Family Scavenger Hunt, and a Calendar of Events.

Pre-K Resources

1. Learn about Challah covers and design your own with Bret!

Weekday Wrap Up

Thursday, April 16

Toddler Resources

  1. These 20 (mostly) free apps are educational and enjoyable. Check them out here!
     
  2. Join Vicky in a read aloud.
     

Preschool Resources

1. After a class discussion, Green Group brainstormed questions about Haiti and then did research to answer them. What facts will you learn about Haiti?

2. Here is a great resource for helping preschoolers navigate the uncertainty they may be feeling right now. Activities, emotion charts, and great language tools.

3. It Came in the Mail by Ben Clanton Read Aloud!

4. What are the steps to bake Challah? Debbie and Holly give us the important ingredients and steps.

Pre-K Resources

1. Question and Answer with a conductor. Let's talk about clothing.

2. Learn more about Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and do some paper staining with Bret!

 

Weekday Wrap Up

Wednesday, April 15

Toddler Resources
1. 
Hunting for the Afikomen is a Seder tradition, one that often resonates with toddlers and is often a family favorite memory. Below is a printable matzoh, or you can draw your own on scrap paper and hide it around the house. Here is a link to PJ Library explaining more about this tradition. 

2. As we round out this year's Passover Holiday we are Reflecting on the different themes that were introduced. Kat reads a simple story about the Pyramids, that also lightly introduces the perspective of others and some fun to say Egyptian names.

3. For toddler indoor activities check out these new ideas, some are very simple and some are more creative and involved. 

4. Shape activity: Can you find these shapes in your house? Triangle, Rectangle, Circle, and Square. Take pictures of what you found for each shape and send them to your teacher! Here is what one teacher found: I found a picture of a piece of watermelon for a triangle, my laptop for a rectangle, I took a video of my moon light that changes colors which is also round and like a circle and finally I found a deck of cards for a square. 

Preschool Resources
1. Challenge: Can you find objects of all colors and arrange them into a color wheel, rainbow or something else of your choice? Here is an example. 

2. Tin Foil Art! 
All you need is: 
-Water based colored markers (I used crayola) 
-White paper
-Black crayon or black sharpie marker 
-Tin foil
-Spray bottle with water

Watch this video of Kylie making Tin Foil Art!

3. Play Debbie's I Spy Color Game with Flowers and Plants!


Pre-K Resources
1. We can't get enough of Art with Bret! Check out his latest artist-inspired projects: Silhouettes and Building with Shapes: Kara Walker-Slavery and Social Justice.

2. Check out this Hieroglyphics Storyboard from Tzabim! You can use this alphabet for the writing challenge.

3. Haitian manatee
I was so excited to learn that Manatees are found in Haiti! Manatees are my favorite animals. They are sometimes called sea cows, and they are very gentle. I have loved manatees ever since I was a kid and I am excited to share some fun facts about manatees with you. When I was seven years old my dad took me on a special weekend trip to visit Blue Springs State Park in Florida, where they help provide a safe place for manatees to live. I remember waking up so early it was still dark out to go to the airport to Florida and then when we finally got there I was so excited to see these amazing animals I had only read about or seen movies about! Here is a website where you can go with your grownups and watch to see if you see any manatees swimming at the park!
- The manatees in Haiti are called West Indian Manatees.
- Manatees can grow up to be 13 ft tall! That is taller than than two very tall grownups!
- Manatees can live in both fresh water and salt water.
- Manatees are mammals, so they come up to the surface to breath.
- They eat 100 pounds of food a day! That's a lot! Manatees' favorite foods are different types of grass and sea vegetables.

 

 

Weekday Wrap Up

Tuesday, April 14

Toddler Resources

  1. Today, let’s find some shapes! Some good Passover examples of these could be Seder plate – circle, Pyramids – triangle, Haggadah – rectangle and Matzah – square. If you’d like to participate, you send some photos of what your children found.
     
  2. Frog Painting:

 

 

Preschool Resources

  1. How Are You Peeling? The other day, I found a lemon that looked like it had a face, so I glued on some eyes and do you know what it reminded me of? One of our favorite books! Maybe you can find some fruits or veggies (real or pretend) that look like they have a face too!

                

2. The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

3. Yoga Pesach Story

Pre-K Resources

  1. Travel Around the World! Today, take a trip to experience some Haitian cuisine!

In Haitian Creole this dish is called Makawoni au Graten. This is the Haitian version of baked macaroni and cheese. This is one of my favorite dish that my mother in law makes for us from time to time.

In Haitian Creole this is called Banann Peze which is fried plantains. The plantains are mashed and then fried. They usually serve banann peze with a meat dish. I like to eat this because the plantains are usually sweet.

This is a beet salad. Instead of using potato for a salad they use beets. My husband and friends really like this dish. I don't enjoy this dish because I am not a big fan of beets. 

In Haitian Creole this is called Pikliz. This is a spicy coleslaw. This is my favorite side dish because I could eat it with everything. My mother in law usually makes me whole a container that I could take home. 

2. Ready for more art projects? Try out Bret's Flower Print Stamping: Andy Warhol, POP art.
3. Ancient Egyptian Clothing. What can you find around your house to make some of these beautiful pieces?
4. A Question and Answer series with a conductor. Today, learn about cues.

Weekday Wrap Up

Monday, April 13

Toddler Resources

  1. Matzo paper seder craft. This is a free printable (if you’re able to access one) and can be used for whatever you’d like! Practice cutting, or the grown-ups can do the coloring, making it into name tags for the table and much more.
     
    1. Seder Plate Pick-up. This is also a free printable that the kids can color, play restaurant with, or play as a matching game with a grown-up or family member. The first person to get all the matches wins!

      3. Frog Coloring pages. These are great for use with older siblings as well! This website has a nice mix of fun frogs and realistic frogs.

      4. Another Fun with Siblings project from Coffee and Crayons!

      5. Here is a checklist with ideas and tips for sensory play alongside your toddler, some of the tips are great for older and younger kids as well. Independent play is a skill that can be built up. In the classroom when we are playing with your children we try to balance interacting with them, and being present but NOT interacting with them. This kind of distant supervision can help build the skills needed for independent play. Educational leaders like David Sobel call it being a guide on the side, there when needed to guide play, but not directing it ourselves. And a mentor of mine says to never fear boredom, it is only after boredom that innovation happens. In our classroom spring was a time when we would have worked to allow our youngest children a large chunk of time to really see where they take their play. Independent play is often about building trust within ourselves and building our confidence as adults to decide when we want or need to interact and when we don't need to, it is an intricate song and dance, one that I myself personally found SO much more challenging as a parent than as a new teacher! We hope the checklist will offer some support in a fun to follow format!

      6. Sesame Street is offering 100’s of free ebooks on most platforms! Elmo’s Emojis is a great feelings book!
       

Preschool Resources

  1. Here are some home day activity ideas from Kylie:

2. Ready for Spring? You can start your own seeds at home using an egg carton!

3. Check out this Storyboard from Holly about sticks

Pre-K Resources

1. Today I am going to share some facts about Haiti.
     1)This is Haiti's official flag

A batter Haitian flag. : vexillology
     2) They have two official language in Haiti, they speak french and haitian creole.
     3) Haiti produces mangoes, coffee beans, sugar cane, rice and corn
     4) Soccer is their national sport
     5) Gourde (named after a plant called gourd)  is Haiti's money currency.
     Let me know what you would like to learn about Haiti, I am open to suggestions. Enjoy your Monday at      home =). 
     Best,
     Ty

2. Check out these Jackson Pollock Blow Painting art activities from Bret.

3. Here is the Egypt on the Map Storyboard from Tzabim. 

4. Let's learn about rain drops! Here is a related activity: Place measuring cups outside to collect raindrops and discuss how much rain was collected.

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