Thanksgiving Celebration

We all look forward to those special days throughout the year when parents and grandparents come into the center to create, explore, and discover together with their children.  This year we began our Thanksgiving celebration in the sanctuary where the children sang favorite songs for their families.  Later in the classrooms families enjoyed special snacks prepared by the children and shared in the children’s daily experiences of paint, collage, clay, blocks, stories, and...

Fall Family Dinner

  A family potluck dinner of favorite family recipes was held to celebrate Sukkot and the Thanksgiving season.  Watercolor papers prepared by the children were used by parents to trace the children’s hands and add messages of gratitude.  Handprint leaves from all the families are now hanging outside the classrooms on our tree of...

Our Hopes and Dreams

This fall, as we began a new school year, parents were asked to share their hopes and dreams for their children by writing their wishes on a ribbon that would become part of a school-wide art project.  In the studio the children constructed beaded wires and added their own hopes and dreams to the project.  We hope that these dreams will become part of the early childhood experience at Ohav...

Family Album Night

Our school year began in September with an evening when parents and teachers prepared photo albums for the children.  A wide array of scrapbooking materials and tools were provided for the design of the album covers.  Each family filled their child’s album with family photos.  When the albums were presented to the children in class as a gift from their parents, the children’s excitement and delight was wonderful!  The albums will now be available to the children throughout the year.  For the younger children they provide a reassuring connection to home, and for the older children an endless source of conversation and...
The Harvest Celebration of Sukkot

The Harvest Celebration of Sukkot

This year our garden was overflowing with gourds the children had planted last spring. Our home-grown gourds now decorate our classrooms, serve as produce in our classroom “farm market,” provide many opportunities for painting and drawing activities, and even supply additional building materials for block constructions.

Beginning a New Year

Beginning a New Year

We welcomed old and new friends to our first days of classes. There were many reunions and just a few brief tears! The weather was glorious and shared playground activities helped forge new friendships and ease those first-day jitters.

Honoring our Unsung Heroes

Honoring our Unsung Heroes

Each year the Pittsburgh Agency for Jewish Learning has honored teachers and dedicated volunteers in Jewish educational institutions for their work with their students. This June two educators from Ohav Shalom were honored for their contributions to our preschool and religious school.

NAREA Summer Conference

NAREA Summer Conference

Pittsburgh hosted the NAREA (North American Reggio Emilia Alliance) summer conference at the Heinz History Center: Bridging Partnerships on the Path of Learning: Embracing History, Identity, and Culture in our Settings.

Summer Camp Begins

Summer Camp Begins

A “discovery hike” with magnifying glasses, clipboards, tweezers, scissors, and bags for collecting began our first session of camp.