What a fabulous couple of weeks we have had at the Cohen School! We have been learning all about the holiday of Purim. We began our Purim learning last week with a beautiful read aloud that teaches all about the Purim story and also about the four Purim Mitzvot. We then worked on a skit to represent a few chapters of the megillah. Those of you who were at the megillah reading today got to enjoy our talents.
We also had a visit from Matan, who taught us about what Purim is like in Israel. He also taught us a really fun Israeli game, seen below on the right. It's so wonderful having someone from Israel come in to show the kids what a real Israeli is like.
Our study of Hebrew is coming along quite nicely. Today we learned the letters "pay" and "phay". Students are decoding quite well. It's important to support the learning in class with learning at home, and as you know, I've been asking you to use tiyulim. I know some of you have had trouble with the app. Would you please let me know if you have had trouble with it, and what device you are using. I will then email the app developer so they can work to fix it.
At this point your child should have completed up to lesson 20 on tiyulim.
Homework: Complete Lesson 17 on the letter "chet" from Tiyulim.
Also, If your child hasn't already completed the family history interview, please help them complete this. We'll be discussing it next week. Hard copies were sent home, but if it was misplaced, please scroll to the previous post and download it from here.
We had a super fun day today at the Cohen School. The Jewish month of Adar has commenced. In this month, not only are we happy when we celebrate Purim, but we are commanded to be joyous throughout the whole month. So, we began by building our ruach with a pajama day. We also played a few extra silly games to help us get in the spirit.
Also, we completed our Jewish name plates. We learned about what our Hebrew name means and about who were were named after. Stop by the class next week to see them!
Finally, we read the book called "When Jessie Came Across the Sea" by Amy Hest, and began to have a discussion about Jewish history and immigration. This book is about one girl's story of coming to America from a poor country. It discusses the challenged s and emotions associated wiht leaving one's country to come to an unfamiliar one.Your children were assigned to learn about their family stories. This is a fabulous jumping off point for a discussion on Jewish history.
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!