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.
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!