Our class spent two weeks acting silly while learning about the holiday of Purim! We read stories, baked hamentashen, made groggers, and wrote a Purim song. The groggers were made out of paper plates and filled with pasta for when we heard Haman's name at the community-wide Megillah reading. As a class, we wrote a song to perform for our friends and families telling the general story of Purim - recognizing Haman as the bad guy, and Queen Esther and her cousin Mordecai as the brave Jews. In honor of Queen Esther and Mordecai's courage, we give gifts to the poor and dress up in costumes.
To all of the parents who joined us for the Megillah reading and Purim carnival - your support is greatly appreciated!
The students were introduced to the famous story of Noah and his ark. God felt as though people of the world were disrespecting him, all except for Noah and his family who always acted obedient. G-d warned Noah of his plans to create a storm that would flood and demolish the world. G-d then told Noah that He would save Noah and his family from the storm, if he builds an ark and gathers (2) of every animal! The students had a difficult time grasping G-d's reasoning for destroying the world, but enjoyed reading books and doing crafts!
Our class designed our own version of Noah's ark, and made a variety of animals out of paper plates! Their wonderful artwork is displayed in the school's foyer - don't forget to check it out!
What qualities are found in a good person? As a class, we read through a book called the 11th Commandment. This book is of drawings by young children depicting what they believe classifies a person as being “good”, what they feel a good person is commanded to do. The students agreed with a majority of the suggested commandments, specifically the golden rule. The golden rule is to “treat others the way you want to be treated.” Our discussion went in depth on who and what deserves an exceptional amount of respect. The nature, elders, and peers were on the top of the list. We also took time to focus on how people may differ from what is viewed as the norm. For instance, just because someone only has one leg or can only see out of one eye does not change who they are on the inside. All of the students had an optimistic attitude!
Hi! I am a 19 year old from Providence, Rhode Island and currently studying Elementary Education and Psychology at the University of Rhode Island.