The students at Giving Tree Early Learning experienced the Story of Passover in so many wonderfully creative ways. First they participated in a Matzah Factory with Rabbi Schusterman. He handed out bakers hats and explained why we make matzah for Passover. Each child made their own matzah and Rabbi Schusterman baked it and returned it to the children.
The children continued their learning about Passover through another food project with our resident chef, Mrs. Georgia. Mrs. Georgia prepared all of the ingredients to make charoset, an element of the Passover Seder. The charoset reminds us of the mortar/paste that the Jews were forced to use when they were building for the Egyptians. Mrs. Georgia visited each classroom and every student was able to participate in making charoset. Not only are cooking experiences fun, they target several developmental and learning areas including fine motor skills, language and communication, math, science, and social skills.
The Light Studio was transformed into a Matzah Factory where children could dress as bakers and make pretend matzah. Invitations were set up that were Passover themed involving the 10 Plagues, pyramid building, and matzah.
The Oak students learned about all of the steps in the Seder during Passover. They drew pictures, created seder plates, and had a small seder "meal" in their classroom.
Each teacher set up invitations and provocations that involved Passover. There were Passover themed sensory tables and provocation tables. Passover themed art activities and crafts were made. Children were able to freely explore art materials, loose parts, and books while learning about Passover.
Mrs. Alethia Minlaff, Director: you can reach her by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org