Passover Preparations…

As many of you have been getting your own homes ready for Passover, we have been busy preparing too!

This week and last week our curriculum has been about Passover and also getting ready for Seder.  The culmination of our efforts was a model Seder that many of our families joined us for today, but if you couldn’t make it know that we missed you and will be sending all of your little one’s Passover goodies home in the next day or two.

Our class loves creating things!  We decided to put donated poster board and some paint to good use and make matzah and afikomen holders.  We let all of the kids finger paint the paint onto the board and then I put it outside to dry in the sun.  As I was walking the boards through the lunchroom so many teachers and administration commented that they really did look like artwork!  Then Ms. Betty and I cut the poster board into pieces and added some finishing touches and voila!  You should see the finished pieces very soon.

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We also made matzah by doing a ‘rubbing’ of lego blocks with brown crayon.  In a book we read this week about how matzah is made they talked about how they use a fork to poke the holes, and we took that idea and ran with it!  To add a little something to our usual crayon rubbing we let the kids dip a plastic fork into brown paint and add their own ‘dots’ or holes to their pictures.  These pictures made it onto the matzah holders.  And the kids liked doing it so much some of them made two, three, and even four pictures!

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Ms. Betty created a wonderful Passover bulletin board for us!  She made a Seder Plate out of construction paper and scrunched tissue paper, and throughout our two weeks of Passover curriculum we have let the kids put up their own matzah, plague symbols, Seder plates, etc..

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Our class loved the “Where is Baby Moses?” song that we learned in Jewish studies.  We thought it would be fun to let the kids make their own ‘baby Moses’.  We used wooden peg people and let the kids paint it blue.  Then, after the kids painted brown onto a piece of paper, we folded that paper to make a basket for him.  The result was great and they had so much fun having a prop to sing the song with in circle time.

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We also made Seder plates (not shown, but check your child’s backpack!) and we are sending home some plagues that we have made and also will hopefully be sending home Elijah cups too.  We had such a fantastic idea!  We used the kids fingers to make grapes onto cups and thought we would be sending them home today… but the idea would have been more fantastic had we used a paint that adhered well to a plastic cup!  So when we came in this morning the grapes we painted had fallen off our cups.  Every day there is a learning curve in preschool!! 🙂

And finally we also did a search for chametz!  Thank you to Morah Miriam and Morah Rachel for helping us lead that!

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From Ms. Betty and myself, we hope that you and your families have a wonderful spring break and a Happy Passover!