Saying “Shalom” to Hanukkah in Shalom Chaverim

This week in Shalom Chaverim, the children spent one last session together exploring the sights, sounds, tastes, and symbols of Hanukkah.

Even though Hanukkah is over, it is exciting to observe the children connecting to ideas about the holiday in ways that have deepened over the past few weeks together.

When we first began exploring dreidels together this year, some children were still learning to identify a dreidel. Now, many of the children are noticing the Hebrew letters on the spinning top, even asking “What letter is that?” each time the dreidel drops.

Our exploration of Hanukkah has been rich with numeracy, as we have counted the candles in hanukkiyot over and over, in English and in Hebrew, in stories, in song, and through artistic expression. As this exploration nears its end, many of the children are chiming in numbers independently as they count.

And, of course, no Hanukkah celebration is complete without a special Hanukkah treat.

There was more counting and measurement taking place as the children mixed up their own batch of baked suffganiyot.


Don’t forget the icing!


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