We shared many experiences throughout September both in and out of our classrooms. Our families shared a day apple picking together, just in time for dipping into honey for a sweet Rosh Hashanah. A lot of conversations about life and life cycles led to the addition of over 50 Painted Lady caterpillars, which we will continue to watch as they cycle many times throughout the school year. We had a special guest bring in a large collection of big caterpillars (4 inches or more in length) and the moths that they transform into. On Sukkot, Preschool families joined other members of our shul for the Sukkah Hop, answering trivia questions and enjoying foods at each stop. Our Original Artworks Fundraiser gave each preschooler the opportunity to create a masterpiece for their families to enjoy.
In October we will be eagerly awaiting the transformation of our first group of Painted Lady butterflies. Within a couple of weeks after they emerge, we will be watching for their little blue eggs, so that we can prepare for another group of caterpillars. One morning will be spent with the Turtle Lady, Nancy Lockard. She will bring in a variety of turtles, frogs and lizards for our children to observe, touch and hold. On Tuesday, October 19th from 7 – 9pm our parents will gather for a Dessert & Wine Social, hosted by members of our Parent Education Committee, at the home of Dana and Brent Adler.
In November two of our teachers will travel to Anaheim, CA to attend the National Jewish Early Childhood Network (NJECN) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) national conferences. The latest research and information in the field of Early Childhood will be learned, and numerous resources and connections will be made at these conferences.