Fourth Grade Weeks of October 22 and 27
In light of the recent Simchat Torah holiday where we began reading the Torah from the first chapter, our class has been studying the first paragraph of Breishit, the first book of the Torah. In Breishit, we see God separate light from dark for the first day of creation. The students are learning that the Torah is not a recipe book or a science lab data sheet, but rather a varied medium presentation of the laws of the one God. The students have realized that there were items already in existence when the Torah begins. God, darkness, wind, deep, and an unformed earth. We have discussed how the Torah does not start at the beginning of everything but at a point where we already have God and some elements. Such a description can help to understand and support science’s big bang theory and the creation story both being valid descriptions of the beginning of the world.
Ask your student about the meaning of God creating by saying not doing something, the importance of separating, and that God called what was created ‘good”.
In connection with the creation story and the emphasis on God, we are looking at what we think are the attributes of God and whether we also expect those attributes from a leader such as a prophet. We talked some about wisdom today and whether wisdom is the same as fact knowledge or common sense without facts.
The students have been working independently and groups, making a very strong community of learners. We continue to learn the V’ahavta prayer and to work on Hebrew reading at the level of each student.