Well, another fabulous day at the Cohen School has come and gone. We continued our conversation this week about taking care of the earth. We learned about the concept of "Bal tashchit" which means "do not destroy or waste". We also discussed how God created the earth and expected humans to take care of it. We came up with many ways that we, as humans, can work to take care of and not destroy the earth. We then created our own tree to remind us how to be conscientious about the environment in which we live.
We also had a visit from Matan, who talked about how Tu B'Shvat is celebrated in Israel, and about ways that Israelis conserve land and resources.
In Hebrew, we learned the letter "Ayin". Students should practice their reading by completing lesson 14 in the tiyulim app.
What a fantastic day we had today. We celebrated Tu B'Shvat first by reading the book "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein We had an engaging discussion about what trees provide us, and how in return, we can take care of the earth. Some ideas students had were "don't litter", "compost", "don't waste your food", and "don't cut down trees unnecessarily". After our discussion, we celebrated by planting parsley and painting our own pots. Students will get to observe growth, even though it's winter here. Finally, the second part of the morning was spent participating in our Tu B'Shvat seder. We learned about the "seven species" that represent the new and the old. These seven foods are mentioned in the Torah and they represent the fruits of modern Israel. Finally, we sang songs, tasted new foods, drank grape juice in a special order, and thought about the importance of all the different seasons in the cycle of a seed. It is my hope that students walked away with a rejuvenated sense of understanding and appreciation for the plants that provide us nourishment, oxygen and shade.
We had a fabulous discussion about tzedakah this week. Students learned that there are different "levels of tzedakah". Each student was assigned a specific tzedakah scenario that they had to act out. Then, the class tried to identify which type of tzedakah the actors were depicting. While all types of giving are worthy, there are certain types that are "higher". For example, the highest form of tzedakah is teaching someone how do do something, and helping them become self-reliant. According to the talmud, these are the levels of giving with 1 being the "lowest" form and 8 being the "highest form". This is a great discussion for the dinner table:
We also began talking about Tu B'Shvat this week, but will continue even more learning next week at our special Tu B'Shvat seder! Please join us at 10:15 on Sunday.
In Hebrew, we learned the letter "tet". To practice more, please complete lesson 13 in the tiyulim app.
Apparently, technology has failed me. The post I completed for our last session never published. SO let me give you a short recap of what we've learned over the past few weeks.
Homework: In general, kids should be doing the next lesson in the Tiyulim app. At this point, we have made it all the way up to Lesson 12. So if you play catch up with your kids, it will only help. Have a great week!
I'm Sari Guttin, the Grade 2/3 Teacher and the Educational Director. I am thrilled to be here in this wonderful community to share my love of learning and Jewish values with my students!