Chanukah is Coming!

This week in Shteelim (‘saplings’ for Kindergarten) we are exploring the objects and symbols associated with Chanukah.

We started out by doing some careful looking a Chanukah photographs:


Child 1: “That’s a menorah! I see a Jewish star!” 

Child 2: “It looks like its made out of metal.”

Child 1: “You light candles each night. It has 9 spots for candles. But Chanukah is 8 days.”


Child 3: “I see a lot of people all together and so, so many chanukiyot (menorahs)!”

Child 4: ” I see someone wearing a little rainbow colored hat.”

Child 5: “That’s a kipa.”

Child 2: “I see another one. You might wear a kipa if you are Jewish and believe in God.”

Child 5: “I think they are celebrating.”

Child 6: “I think they might eat yummy foods like latkes!”

Child 7: “I think they might sing Chanukah songs and hear the story of Chanukah!”



We played סְבִיבוֹן (sevyvon- dreidel) to practice counting:

We practiced writing Chanukah vocabulary:

We made some decorations and cards using Chanukah vocabulary:

“I wrote חֲנוּכָּה שָׂמֵחַ  (Chanukah sameach – Happy Chanukah)!”


We recorded and counted the letters each time our סְבִיבוֹן (sevyvon– dreidel) was finished spinning:

We even led a Chanukah song for the whole Jewish Enrichment Center!


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