Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Learning About Hanukkah - The Dreidel Game

This week we learned that Ms. Lirenman celebrates Hanukkah.  She taught us a little bit about her holiday by sharing her Menorah with us.  She says she will light the Hanukkah candles too so we can see what they look like but she doesn't have any of the special candles yet.

This year Hanukkah starts on Dec 20th at night.  It last for eight nights and each night she will light candles.  She told us about how she eats potato latkes which are a lot like potato pancakes.  She told us that she gives and receives presents too.  Ms. Lirenman read us an exciting story called Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins. If you follow the link you can listen to the story being read by the author.

One of our favourite things about learning about Hanukkah is that Ms. L taught us about the dreidel game she played with her brothers and sisters when she was little.  To play the game you spin a dreidel, which is like a toy top.  Depending on which hebrew character the dreidel lands on you either have to put coins into the pile, take coins out of the pile, or do nothing.

Here is a photo cube of pictures of us playing the dreidel game.  Can you guess who was winning in each group? Hint: Take a look at how many pennies each person has.

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