Today at the Cohen School, Grades 2/3 had a day full of learning, joy, and ruach. Our day began with learning some more letters of the Hebrew alphabet. By the end of the day today, almost everyone could read the word Shabbat in Hebrew. Can you?
After our Hebrew time together, we began thinking about why we celebrate Simchat Torah. For many kids, this was the first time they have really heard about the Torah. What is it? Why is it important for the Jewish people? Why do we celebrate Simchat Torah? Once we understood more about Simchat Torah, we began thinking about the very first parshah in Bereshit (Genesis), the first book of Moses. The very first story in the Torah talks about how the earth was created. After we heard how God created the earth, we imagined how we might do things differently. Kids created skits, drew pictures, and wrote songs about what they might have done differently. One question that came up was: is this a true story? This is a great question to talk to your kids about.
Check out this awesome song we've been learning in Tefillah time at the end of the day. It's a song all about peace. Ask your kids if they know the hand motions.
Homework: Lesson 2 of Tiyulim App. I know it's not working perfectly, so just try your best. If it freezes, don't worry about it. I'm working on contacting the developer. It should be fixed in no time.
Chag Ha Sukkot families! Just as we are commanded to do on sukkot, we had a day filled with being sameach (happy). We fulfilled all three commandments today by eating snack in the sukkah, rejoicing in our learning, and shaking the lulav and etrog. We learned how the lulav and etrog are shaken in every direction because God is everywhere. Also, we learned about a couple of important rules for building a kosher sukkah. First, you need to have at least 2 and a half walls. Also, you need to be able to see the stars, so we typically use schach or branches and leaves so that you can see through. Students made their own model sukkot to demonstrate what they learned.
Also, we started learning our hebrew letters this week. So far, we have learned the aleph, bet, and shin. We also learned the two vowels that make the "ah" sound. Please have your kids watch the review video below. Then have them complete lesson 1 on the "tiyulim" app.
We also started practicing the aleph-bet song. Have your kids listen to it as much as possible and they will know their letters in no time at all. See below for a video of the aleph-bet song.
http://www.makorehebrew.com/whack_a_word - learn useful Hebrew phrases, while practicing Hebrew
http://babaganewz.com/games/zoons - Great game to help learn your letters
Welcome to our class blog! Here, we will showcase what we are learning together on Sunday mornings. We'll bring you photos, examples of work, videos, and much more. We hope you'll actively participate in our blog by commenting.
We had a great first week of school! It was so wonderful meeting and getting to know all your children. The energy was high both within the grade 2/3 class and the entire school. Thanks to all the parents who were a part of our first day! We did a lot of getting-to-know-you activities and learning about the classroom and the school. Below, kids are decorating images of class rules that will help us work together, as part of a kehillah (community), to learn and have fun.
In addition, since Rosh Hashana just passed and Yom Kippur is coming, we learned about the importance of both holidays. Specifically, we read the book called "The Hardest Word" by Jacqueline Jules. This story taught us that sometimes it can be difficult to say sorry, but that it is one of the most important things we can do in order to make up for our mistakes. On Yom Kippur we think about how we can say sorry to people we have wronged, and how we can do a better job next time. In the words of Max, "you have to look at the person and say you're sorry like you really mean it!".
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!