This week in first grade was a time for the kids to renew friendships with classmates they have not seen for a few weeks. It was also a time to review the Hebrew alphabet and learn about the holiday of Tu B'Shevat. The children were engaged in several Hebrew alphabet games and made a Hebrew letter alphabet tree. This led us to discuss the holiday of Tu B'Shevat which celebrates trees. We are all looking forward to doing a planting activity next week.
This Sunday was a week to review. We made a memory game with the Hebrew letters aleph-chaf sofeet. The student then played the game with a partner. We also review the Shabbat candle lighting prayer and some concepts we have studied about Shabbat.
Today the first graders learned the various traditions celebrated on Hanukkah and why they are practiced. They learned about the miracle of the oil and the letter of the dreidel. They played a new game called Latkes, Latkes which you can ask your child about. In addition the children were introduced to the Hebrew letter caf and chaf. We also reviewed the letter the children have already been introduced to by playing the game "Who Has" which is becoming a class favorite.
This week grade 1 students talk about Shabbat. We talked about when Shabbat begins and ends. That it is a day of rest. Our activity was challah making and your child should have brought home a fresh out of the oven challah that they made. Some children made braided challahs and other chose to make round "Rosh Hashanah" challahs. In addition the children were introduced to the Hebrew letters tet and yud. You can ask you child if they remember the blessing for challah or bread. You can also review all the Hebrew letters from aleph to yud using their Hebrew alphabet cards.
Due to the timing of the High Holidays the first graders took a step back to cover some of the things we usually cover when the holidays occur. This week we talked about the shofar and what it is used for and what it is made of. The class enjoyed making model shofars. In addition the first graders were introduced to two more Hebrew letters. They are zyin and chet. We talked about how these letters are different from others letters that look very similar and the phonetic sound of each letter. You can ask your child about why the shofar is blown? You can also review the Hebrew letters from aleph to chet using the alphabet cards in their Hebrew school bag. Most weeks the children will bring home a little project and a worksheet to practice and reinforce what they are learning. Please check their bag for their work that they will be proud to share with you.
Today the first graders studied about the holiday of Simchat Torah. They made model Torahs for the holiday project. They also added a new song to the book of holiday poems and songs they are compiling. In addition to learning about the holiday of Simchat Torah, they continue to learn the Hebrew alphabet. Today they learned hay and vav. You can ask your child why the Torah is called the "tree of life". How many times to people march around the synagogue on this holiday and how long does it take to read through the entire Torah?
Next week please bring your child directly to the classroom (rm124). We will then go as a class to the opening assembly. Looking forward to seeing your children next week.