Peek Through Our Window

A glimpse into our week at YLS

April 8, 2016

29 Adar Bet 5776

Dear Parents,

Take a peek through our window to see what we explored, discovered, created, celebrated, and wondered this week.

Shabbat Shalom,

Morah Chana, Morah Rachael, and Morah Sharona


  • The friends explored the force of gravity as well as colliding forces as they built ramps and experimented with slope. They noticed the effect that the slope of the ramp had on the speed of the balls dropped down the ramp and the ball’s ability to knock over wood blocks. They observed the collisions that occurred as the balls hit each other and the blocks.

  • Our friends explored various Haggadot to compare and contrast their features. They found that all of the Haggadot had Hebrew, but not all of them had English (and hypothesized that they could have other languages as well!). They saw that some Haggadot had pictures while others did not. The friends discovered that all of the Haggadot contained the four questions and the four sons. Perhaps most importantly, all of the friends discovered that each Haggadah contained all of the parts of the Haggadah that we had studied.


  • We discovered that it would have been very difficult to be a slave in Mitzrayim! As we reviewed the Pesach narrative, we remembered that Paroh had taken away the straw that the Israelite slaves used to make bricks in response to Moshe’s demand that he let the slaves go. We decided that we would build bricks both with and without straw to compare the experience and results. We found that building bricks in general was a difficult and messy task! The straw helped somewhat to keep our bricks together as we were making them. We are eager to see the results after letting our bricks dry.


  • We created a mural depicting the Pesach narrative to keep as reference in our learning space. Last week, we divided into groups. Each group learned about a specific part of the narrative. They then created a visual guide about their part, and they practiced teaching the narrative. This week, the friends acted as teachers as they taught their classmates about each part of the narrative. We combined the visual aides that these teachers used into a large mural.

  • Friends continued their obstacle course building this week. This time friends used the builder boards to create a hurdle for jumping over. They also worked to create a climbing ramp. This presented a problem: how will we keep the climbing ramp sturdy so it won't fall over? The friends discovered that putting more blocks by the bottom of the structure created support as it acted like a foundation. We then had an opportunity to share our challenges and our solutions with our friends at Morning Meeting so that all could learn from our experiences.


  • We celebrated our growth by beginning to write the morning message ourselves! Every morning this year, the friends have been greeted by a morning message written by the Morot. Recognizing their new abilities in writing both English and Hebrew, the friends insisted upon authoring the morning message instead!


  • We had many questions about the Haggadah that we were eager to answer. On Monday, we reviewed the parts of the Seder and put them in order. We worked together to generate questions about each part of the Haggadah, and each friend began thinking about and finding the answer to one question. We are eager to share our work when we are finished next week.

  • We wondered if we could beat the clock and make matzah in less than 18 minutes! Rabbi Strasberg from Chabad visited us again to teach us all about making matzah. We learned the whole process, from growing the wheat to taking the matzah out of the oven. We had the opportunity to make our own matzah and did it successfully in less than 18 minutes. It was delicious!

Ivrit at YLS

Dear Parents,

This week we continued to learn about colors and shapes, items in our classroom, and cleanliness. In the beginning of the week we reviewed colors and shapes with the help of colored blocks. We read the story הכיסים של ענתי which is about a girl named Anati who had a dress with seven pockets and each pocket had something different inside. We played a game where each child had a chance to draw a shape and the rest of the class had to guess the shape’s name and color by asking questions such as: Is the shape a circle or a square? Is it red or yellow?

The children learned to recognize items in our classroom such as tables, chairs, and windows. The children gave each other directions: Put the yellow square on the table , Put the red circle on the chair. We also learned the difference between “on” and “under.” At the end of the week the children cleaned the classroom using soap and water and we described what we were doing- we are cleaning the chairs, we are cleaning the tables, etc. At the end of every activity this week we detected the sounds of the letters related to the words we were using. For example: The word מים (water) starts with מ with a קמץ, a י with a חיריק , and a מם סופית.

Shabbat Shalom,

Morah Chana

Words and Phrases we learned this week:

circle- עיגול

square- ריבוע

yellow- צהוב

red- אדום

blue- כחול

green- ירוק

clean- נקי

I am cleaning- אני מנקה

We are cleaning- אנחנו מנקים

I am washing hands- אני רוחץ ידיים

Put your hand on your- שים את היד על

Put the square on- שים את הריבוע על

table- שולחן

chair- כסא


window- חלון

Songs we learned this week:

אני נקי

Specialties at YLS

Art: Patty Papatheodore

This week we learned about the artist Guiseppe Acrimboldo. We drew large beings made out of objects that begin with their chosen letter of the alphabet.