Wow! What a great first day of Hebrew School! It was lovely to meet so many of you this morning and meet your students! Every week I will be sending out a weekly class newsletter which will contain a summary of what we learned this past week. If you have any questions or concerns you'd like to share with me, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
This past week:
On our first day of Hebrew school we took the time to get to know each other and talk about what the year will look like. We started off by going around and introducing ourselves. We said our names and one thing we did this past summer. Afterwards, the class broke off into three groups, and each group came up with some class guidelines for the whole class to follow. This year will focus on a lot of group discussions, partner work, and projects, so having a strong classroom culture developed by the students will help everyone be successful this year.
For Hebrew, we stayed in these three groups and each group reviewed the Hebrew alphabet and the vowels. Myself, Naomi, and Lea were all very impressed by how much the students know already!
Then we took the time to go outside for a snack and listen to a couple of Hebrew pop songs. I love music and I think listening to songs sung in another language is a great way to connect to a different culture and learn more about it.
After the students came back from music, we wrapped up the morning by starting our study of Israel. We previewed our “Welcome to Israel!” book and briefly talked about why we think studying Israel is important. We also discussed the idea of Israel being a "land of opposites." This will form the basis of our study of Israel for the year.
As an exit ticket, I had each of them fill out a questionnaire about themselves to help me get to know them more. When your student left today, they each had a folder with their name on it and inside was a copy of my welcome letter, the Hebrew alphabet, and the vowels. Please send this folder back and forth every Sunday morning. I will be handing out SSJS draw string backpacks next week for them to bring back and forth as well.
In our class there won't be any strict homework. I will occasionally assign some work to be done at home, but it will all be intentional work. For next week, as optional work, your student can review the alphabet and the vowels some more.
Last thing, please remember to bring in tzedakah if you are willing and able to! B'vakasha!