We learned about the connection between Sukkot and Thanksgiving today. The children worked in groups to brainstorm how the two holidays are similar, then wrote their ideas on the board. They enjoy writing on the board, and work very well together. Topics we explored included how, why, and when we celebrate the two holidays. We discussed themes such as being thankful for all the good things in our lives, that autumn is a time of harvests, and how Sukkot was the first Thanksgiving.
After our service with Rabbi Meyer, when we heard more of our story about the Jewish people (we're up to Noah's Ark), we went into the kitchen for cooking with Allison. She was pleasantly surprised, and I was so happy and proud, that when she told them we'd be making mini pumpkin pies and asked them about the connection between Sukkot and Thanksgiving--they knew! We also decorated sugar cookies which you may not have seen since most of the children ate and enjoyed their creations before they went home.
Next week, we'll finish learning about Simhat Torah, and then we'll be right on schedule to start exploring Hanukkah.