Dear Families, 9/9/17
We had a wonderful first day. The students met in groups to remember what holiday is approaching and what it signifies. Ask your student about the improvement statements that we discussed. For example, if someone wanted to be a better ball player, we talked about realizing that practice is so important to reach that goal and that learning to practice can be applied to non-sport activities too. The goal of practicing is an important life goal.
For snack, we walked outside and shared some snack and challah. We also said a blessing and learned that blessings are a way to make sure we appreciate what we have. Ask your student what Amen means. We worked on learning each others' names and we also shared number of pets and siblings, (not listed by importance)!
For Hebrew today, we assessed the range of sound/letter knowledge that each student has. We looked at the first page of our new reader that teaches about the letters and sounds in the word שָׁבַת (shabbat). The students were reminded that we read from right to left in Hebrew. We talked about why we consider Friday sunset to Saturday sunset שָׁבַת. Ask your student what does Shabbat mean, where do we get the idea of rest from, what is the connection between the 6 days G-d took to create the world and Shabbat. Ask why we humans should find a time to rest.
For homework, the students were asked to share with you what they learned today and to practice the letters שָׁ בַ ת . I sent home two sheets that contain practice sounds and the letters and what sounds they make. The students should try to become as fluent as they can with these three consonants and two vowel sounds. The vowels are the items below the letters, the vowels look like a dash and a little t.
Looking forward to next week.
Mrs. Y and our Assistant Ryan