What a fabulous group of students. Today, the students began by practicing the V’ahavta. They were all trying, we even had one student do a solo!! It is so beautiful hearing young voices chant such an important prayer from our ancestors.
In music, the students worked on a Chanukah song. We continued the musical adventure back in class as we practiced the blessings for lighting the Hanukkiah and the song Rock of Ages, which is typically sung after the prayers. We actually tried it in Hebrew. We also sang Oh Hanukah.
To help the students get ready for the holiday, we reviewed the two miracles, the miracle of a small army defeating a large army so the Jewish people could have the freedom to practice their religion and the miracle of the oil lasting for eight days. We also talked about the date of Chanukah in the Hebrew calendar, Kislev 25, and the interesting similar time of Christmas happening on December 25. To understand why Chanukah falls on different days in our secular calendar, we talked of the moon cycle. Finally, we also talked of the difference between candles in the window for Christmas and the Hanukkiah in the window. To help students learn how to take notes and to retain the information, the students all took notes that they took home to share with you.
Finally, the students worked on their Hebrew reading. We are seeing some nice progress.
HOMEWORK - Some of the students were asked to practice some Hebrew reading. They have their books to read aloud which will help their fluency.
Have a nice week. Mrs. Y, Mr. Y, and Katie.