The month of Tishrei (September – October 2014) is a busy month filled with learning and celebration at the JCCNV Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC). There are a total of 12 days of Yom Tov (or Jewish holidays) this month, which include the High Holy days (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur), and Sukkot, which occurs four days later.
In preparation for the holidays, children of all ages at the ECLC sing songs, eat apples and honey, and learn about the shofar. In keeping with the ECLC's Reggio Emilia-inspired philosophy, classes explore apples in various ways, such as using them to practice colors, counting, and words (i.e., “sweet” and “tart”), create art, and explore new recipes in the kitchen. For the older children, there is more of a focus on what we can do better in the coming year, including learning from our mistakes, and going on tashlich walks (which means “to cast” pieces of bread into a body of flowing water to rid ourselves of sins).
Want to try some fun crafts at home with your children this Rosh Hashanah? Here are five activities that the entire family can enjoy for the first of the High Holidays. Want to learn more about the JCCNV ECLC? Find out more here.