Getting Ready for Pesach . . .
How do we learn about Pesach? Sometimes we learn new material during Circle Time. Here we are making a Venn diagram comparing and contrasting the way we celebrate Shabbat and Pesach.
We are very fortunate--the Matzah Factory came to visit. We mixed, shaped, rolled and pricked the dough. We used only flour and water. The process took only 18 minutes, not one minute more.
We made our own Mesubim pillows to use at the Seder. We know that we recline to the left, because we are a free people. (A big Todah Rabah to the Joel Family for donating the cloth, the stuffing and the sewing expertise!)
And of course, we prepared our very own Hagadot. To do this, we created matza rubbings (with real matza!), observational drawings of parsley for karpas, and expressed our own ideas of the Yom Tov. (And a big Thank You to Ms. Rechtman and Mrs. Pullman for guiding us with the narrative writing and the original acrostic poems. Did you know that we are Passover poets? This was my first time working this way, and I just love reading all the different thoughts the children want to share!)
With Morah Devi, we created our own Matzah plates. They are made with real glass, so we'll be careful with them. They look so stunning, ready for our Seder table this year and for years to come!
Finally, on the next-to-the-last day of school before our Passover Break, we prepared for our in-class Seder.
Using the traditional feather, candle and wooden spoon, we searched the class for Chametz. We thoroughly cleaned our room. One child felt swamped with all the work. We know that feeling! He quickly called for some back-up to help with the cleaning.
Then it was time to sit down, sing, ask questions, answer questions--and enjoy our Gan Seder! We have learned a lot, and we're ready to share with our families at our Seder.
Chag Samayach, Everyone!