Posts Tagged by jewish community day school
|February 28, 2012||Filled under releases, United States||
This past week, MJCDS students celebrated Tu B’Shvat, the New Year of the Trees. Read more below about the Tu B’Shvat foods students ate and our visit with a neighborhood arborist.
Today is a special day in the kindergarten classroom: it’s 100 day, the hundredth day of school! Students each brought in 100 of a single item to count and to show their classmates.
A New Year Celebration?
During the last few weeks, MJCDS learners prepared themselves for Tu B’Shvat, the New Year of the Trees.
They learned that according to the rabbis, there are actually FOUR New Years, not just one. In addition to Tu B’Shvat there are Rosh HaShanah in Tishrei, Passover in Nissan, and the first of the month of Elul, which at one time dealt with animal tithing, but now acts as a reminder about the upcoming High Holidays.
In the 17th century, the Kabbalists accented the holiday of Tu B’Shvat by coming together, studying, and eating. They ate fruits and nuts that have peels/coverings, fruits that have pits, and fruits that are completely edible. These different types of fruit symbolize different aspects of human nature. They compared people and plants as suggested by the verse, Deuteronomy 20:19: “For man is like the tree of the field.” They also sang and danced.
Likewise, MJCDS students studied, sang, and learned about and ate various fruits and nuts. Students learned many fun songs and a particular verse that mentions the seven species that are tied closely to Israel.
Additionally, the students planted seeds with Israeli Shlicha Maya Pney-Gil and sampled even more fruit! They also learned about trees from our wonderful tree expert, Darrell, of Capital City Tree Experts Incorporated. We thank both Maya and Darrell for enriching our students’ learning!
During this unit of study, students wrote stories about trees, produced beautiful pictures, created matching word and picture game pieces and decorated picturesque plates with various fruit and nut groupings.
Students learned about the importance of trees from Darrell Krenz – a Madison-based arborist who owns a tree service.
Capital City Tree Experts is a professional, full-service, fully insured tree service company serving commercial, residential and municipalities in the Madison Metro area / Dane County, Wisconsin, WI.
Our comprehensive tree services include but are not limited to Full Service Tree Care, Tree Removal, Stump Grinding and Removal, Tree Cabling & Bracing, Lot Clearing, Tree Pruning, Tight Area Takedowns, Shoreline Tree Management, Consulting Services, Storm damage or other tree emergencies including removal of trees infected with the Emerald Ash Tree borer,
Contact us today:
608. 838. 8522
# # #
— end —