What lasts for eight days and lights up our lives? Why it is our celebration of Hanukkah. Before leaving for Winter Break the children talked about the story of Hanukkah and why we celebrate this holiday. The older students used the Shammash candle to help light up each candle of the eight days on our Menorah. We also took the time to talk about the safety of using matches and who is allowed to use matches when lighting any candle whether at home or school.
As part of our Hanukkah celebration the children learned: to sing the Dreidel song, how the original spinning top was made from clay, and that the dreidel had four Hebrew letters written on it
as a way to play the dreidel game. The children enjoyed using the new words they learned while playing the game. Can you guess what Heh-hay, Shin, Gimmel and Nun all mean so that you too can play the game? If you do not know you can ask your child!
We were invited to Mrs. Peters’ class to celebrate Hanukkah by eating a special food called Latkes with her class. They make delicious Latkes-potato pancakes with applesauce. Maybe you can make them at home too!