Shana Tova: Bringing Rosh Hashanah into the Early Childhood Classroom

by Teresa Narey

The beginning of the school year signals the beginning of many things: meeting new children and families, observing children becoming friends, setting rules and expectations, implementing new ideas and activities—the list goes on. It’s fitting, then, that Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, occurs during September. Rosh Hashanah literally translates to “Head of the Year.” (For help pronouncing Jewish holidays and Hebrew words, search here.) In addition to praying and attending services, Rosh Hashanah is a time when Jewish people reflect on their feelings and actions and consider how they may enter the new year with the best of intentions.

Like most holidays, Rosh Hashanah is associated with certain symbols, all of which can be used to inspire extended activities. Symbols of Rosh Hashanah include apples, honey, challah, pomegranates, and the shofar, a horn that is sounded following the reading of the Torah and services. Continue reading

Ten Ways to Use Fall Apples

Father lifting daughter above head, girl picking apple from treeby Katie Brazerol

For those who have an apple tree (or several), fall can provide an abundance of the fruit—sometimes too much! Don’t let those extras go to waste! Here are ten ways to get the most out of your apples in preschool.

1. Visit an Apple Tree: Find a local apple tree in your area that is bearing fruit for the children to view. Ask permission from the owner for each child to pick an apple to eat.

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Fantastic Fall Snacks

Whether you are packing snacks for little ones to carry to child care or school or preparing snacks for children in your care, you are probably always on the lookout for tasty snacks! The challenge is to find snacks that are both good for children and fun to eat! Here are a few snacks you may want to try!

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Fall is the perfect time to find apples! Thoroughly wash your favorite variety. Remove and discard the cores. Slice the apples thinly. Place a spoonful of pineapple cream cheese or lemon yogurt in the middle of a small plate. Arrange the apple slices around it like the rays of the sun. Repeat to make as many servings as you like. Children may dip the slices in the cream cheese or yogurt. If you are packing the snack for a child to eat later, dip the apple slices in pineapple or orange juice to keep them fresh. Pack the yogurt or cream cheese in a separate container. Add an ice pack or a frozen juice box to keep the snack fresh.

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