Today we enjoyed a wonderful Chanukah celebration. We did Chanukah wordsearches, went to the cafeteria to view the display of Chanukyot made by students, and then we viewed a talent show in the auditorium. When we returned to the classroom we played dreidl, ate donuts and goodies, and thanks to the generosity and help of Ms Cryan the fifth grade teacher, we made edible dreidls from marshmallows, pertzels and chocolate bells. They were yummy, and all in all, it was the best Chanukah ever. Happy vacation, everyone. See you all in January!
Today in class we talked about the upcoming holiday of Chanukah. We made holiday cards, did worksheets and sang Chanukah songs. We also moved on with the history curriculum, and discussed the fact that in the 1700's the ghetto walls in Europe began to come down. We had some lively discussions, and the students presented facts based on what they learned . Hebrew reading is improving each week, and we ended with a game of Hebrew Bingo. It was a full and productive morning of learning.
Today the fifth graders collected money around the school from the blue boxes, and the school donated the collected funds, in the sum of $85.00, to the Jewish National Fund for the planting of trees in Israel, and for other environmental projects in the country. We are proud to be a part of supporting the State of Israel. We continued on with our journey through the Diaspora, and we talked about the cossacks in Poland in the year 1600, and how, despite adversity, the Jewish people clung to their traditions and their faith. Hebrew is progressing on schedule, as well as the development of our history folders. The class did worksheets, read another chapter in history, sang songs and ended the morning with a game of Hebrew Bingo. It was a busy and productive morning.
Today in class we continued with our history study of the Diaspora, and we discussed the continuing experience of the Jews as they found themselves around the world, focusing now on the Inquisition in Spain in 1492. We talked more about the establishment of the modern state of Israel and the contributions of Theodor Herzl and Eliezar Ben Yehuda, the father of the modern Hebrew language. We discussed the Balfour Declaration, and did worksheets on our history studies.. The students are expanding their journals, for which they made covers this morning. We we sang Hatikvah, the Jewish national anthem, as well as our other songs, and we practiced Hebrew counting. It was a busy and happy morning..
We had a lovely day in school. Jack, our TA, read the story of the Golem to the class, and we continued on with our Diaspora journey, with more discussion of the Ghettos of Europe in the Middle Ages. Today we discussed the Golden Age of the Jews in Spain, which lasted until 1492, the time of the Spanish Inquisition. We discussed the work of Theodor Herzl, the first Zionist, and his contributions to the establishment of the modern State of Israel. In Hebrew we reviewed Ayn Keylohenu, Torah blessings and other prayers, and we continued on with sight reading. The class did more journal writing, sang songs, did word searches and practiced Hebrew counting. Our curriculum for the year is progressing on schedule, and the students are working hard.
The students are developing a perspective on Jewish history throughout the ages. We talk about ancient times, while at the same time moving through the Jewish experience during the Middle Ages in Europe. We are learning about the ghettos of those times, and how Jews were considered the "other" because they would not convert. Out studies have led us to the founding of Islam, and we compared the 3 monotheistic religions of the world. The students continue to write essays and compositions for their history journals, and there is a lot of interesting discussion. Jack, our TA, composed thought questions for discussion, and the curriculum is progressing on schedule. Today we visited the sukkah, did worksheets on Simchat Torah and the synagogue, as well as demonstrated the winding of tefillin. We sang songs, prayers and continued with Hebrew reading. We practiced writing names in Hebrew, as well as Hebrew counting. It was a very productive morning.
Our curriculum is progressing on schedule, as the students continue to pay attention in class and work diligently. We learned about the Jewish ghettos of the Middle Ages and we talked about the phenomenon of False Messiahs during that period. We are enlarging our history vocabulary and doing word searches that include new historical terms. We learned to count to 10 in Hebrew and practiced writing Hebrew names in script. Hebrew songs and prayers were worked on, and we enjoyed lively discussion about Jewish history. The students are getting a good perspective on the journey of Jewish history through the ages, and we look forward to more learning in two weeks, after the Columbus Day break.
Today was another productive and exciting day in school. We practiced some Hebrew prayers and songs, and our TA, Jack Haining, blew the shofar, after which he traveled around the school to blow the shofar for all the classes. We read another history chapter and discussed the blood libel of the Middle Ages and talked more about the precarious position of the Jew in Mediaeval Europe. The class decorated history folders, and the students created another entry. The class did Rosh Hashanah worksheets, and wrote compositions on how it felt to be a Jew in Europe in the Middle Ages.
Today was a successful first day in fifth grade. We hit the ground running by beginning our studies of Judaism in the Middle Ages relating to the Diaspora experience. After the Roman conquest of Israel in the year 135, the Jews scattered around the world, bringing with them their dedication to the Jewish tradition. We read from the history text, discussed the subject matter and wrote essays for the folders we will be keeping throughout the year. We sang, did Rosh Hashanah worksheets and discussed the Jewish timeline as it relates to C.E. and B.C.E. It was lovely to meet and greet the fifth graders, and I look forward to many more interesting discussions as the curriculum develops over the year. Next week Hebrew will begin, and this promises to be a year of enjoyable learning.