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.
The first graders had a very busy day of learning. The letters alef,bet and vet were reviewed and gimel and daled were introduced. We also learned about the holiday of Yom Kippur. We talked about saying sorry for our mistakes and trying to do better in the new year. The read-aloud for the day was the story of Jonah and the Big Fish. We talked about what we can learning from the story. The children made a project to go with the story.
Although the SSJS does not supply snack, the children are welcome to bring a light snack. We have a short break in the middle of the session. Most children bring a snack and have a brief time to socialize and get to know their classmates.
I am Ellen Kelner and I will be your child's grade 1 teacher at SSJS this year. I have been teaching this class for many years now and I am looking forward to another great year. The first grade curriculum includes the teaching of some Torah stories, the holidays, and the Hebrew alphabet. We do many hands on activities and use a multi-sensory approach to learning the Hebrew alphabet so all children can be successful. While curriculum is important, I also want to make this class fun and enjoyable for the children so that they want to come each week. I hope to create warm memories that will make them also want to return year after year.
The children are welcome to bring a snack. Since some children have serious allergies, the SSJS has a policy of NO NUTS and sharing is not allowed. A small block of time will be set aside for "snack time" each week. ASK ME ABOUT: Why did we eat apples and honey on Rosh Hashana? Why do we celebrate Rosh Hashana? What Hebrew letters did you learn?