Our preschoolers regularly practice careful observation. This is a life skill, preparing them for really looking at what's in front of them, a great skill to have in Science classes later on, and in life in general.
For Chanukah, the four-year-olds in our Blue Room classroom studied Chanukah menorahs and drew their forms utilizing light tables. Drawing, in turn, builds fine motor skills. How much can children transform what they see in front of them into lines on a piece of paper? And of course there is the aspect of learning the characteristics of a Chanukah menorah: How many spots of lights are there? And how are they arranged? Why is one higher or apart from the others? How is one menorah different from another?
Who knew that Chanukiot could look this whimsical, and this beautiful? Happy Chanukah!