We had a wonderful time at Sunday school today. Following many days of extreme cold, weather was on all of our minds. We did a quick unit on Hebrew weather words, emphasizing Kar (cold) and Kham (hot). The children told vacation stories about being Kar in the Car and we had a great laugh. Here are some vocabulary words:
Hebrew WeatherThis is a list of words about the weather in Hebrew. That way you can describe what kind of weather and temperature it is where you live.
Snowing: יורד שלג
Sunny: השמש זורחת
Windy: יש רוח
We focused on Tzadee today. Tzadee has one form when it appears at the beginning or middle of a word, and a final form when it ends the word. Key words are Matzah and Tzedaka. Following our discussion about Middot (Jewish values) I told a story about a penny who wanted to do a good deed. Please ask your child to retell the story. Each child made a Tzedaka box.
I am happy to tell you that your children are fascinated by Hebrew and some even asked for homework! Homework this week is to review Chapter 7 in the textbook: pages 30 to 34.
Our next class will be on January 21. Until then, stay warm and cozy.
Mindy Elins, M.Ed
Our classroom was abuzz with happy anticipation for Hanukkah.
During our Hebrew time, we de-coded several words related to Hanukkah. Learning to sound out Hebrew words is one of goals, and I am happy to report that there is progress in this area. Although there is no homework during the winter break, it will be advantageous to go over chapters 1 to 6 in our textbook with your child.
Just a reminder that there will be special activities on Sunday 20, 2017. We'll have a student talent show, and there will be student made menorahs to view. Please encourage your child to share a talent and create a Hanukkah Menorah. This is optional. We hope you will join us for the festivities.
Wishing you love and the the light of Hanukkah candles, Love, Mindy
I hope you're enjoying the mild weather for this time of year.
Our Sunday School class is moving along beautifully. Attendance is strong, and all of the children contribute their ideas and strengths to our community.
We have studied chapters 1 through 5 in our textbook. At present, we are concentrating on learning the Hebrew vowels. I have attached the most concise guide to vowels, and have also given your child a copy. In the process of learning to read Hebrew, a working knowledge of the vowels is essential. I would like to request that you go over the attached vowel sheet several times each week with your student. Thank you so much for helping with our reading!
In Torah studies we learned about how Isaak's wife was chosen. A messenger was sent to Abraham's home town to find his son Isaak a wife. Of the young women gathered at the well, Rebecca was the one who showed kindness to the messenger by giving him water. Beyond that, Rebecca brought water for each of the messenger's camels. The story led us into a discussion about generosity and noticing character traits.
I told a story about the prophet Elijah. Elijah comes upon an unhappy young fisherman, and tries to give the young man a gift of having any profession he wishes for. Please ask your second grader to retell the story.
I'm looking forward to our next class!
Mindy Elins, M.Ed
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As always, your children brought smiles to our faces at Sunday School.
Today we concentrated on the Hebrew vowels, which help us to sound out words and phrases. We particularly focused on the vowel that makes the "eh" sound. This vowel appears under a given letter as three dots. Imagine a triangle standing on it's point with a dot at each angle, and you've got the configuration. For homework, please review chapter 5 of our textbook with your child.
I told a story wtih props about a King who wishes to befriend a Rabbi. The King sends a precious ruby to the Rabbi, who in turn send the gift of a Mezuzzah to the King. Please ask your child to retell the story and you will find out how the Rabbi assessed the value of the presents. Each child made a Mezuzzah to place on a door in your home. Inside the Mezuzzah are the Shema and V'Ahavta prayers.
Have a wonderful week, and please stay tuned for more fun next Sunday.
We had a spectacular morning in Sunday School. Your children are a pleasure to be with.
Today we celebrated two important Jewish holidays, Sukkot and Simchat Torah. Our gifted teachers guided us in a sensory experience of being in the Sukkah. We felt attuned to nature at this harvest time, and imagined our ancestors who were farmers.
Simchat Torah is a glorious holiday in which we celebrate our sacred scroll. On Simchat Torah,
the final chapter of the Torah is read, and then the scroll is immediately rolled to it's beginning.
Each child made a scroll and a beautiful ark to house it. Torah studies are part of our curriculum, and I've been reading from the text "Morah Morah, Teach me Torah". So far we've discussed Adam and Eve, Noah and the Ark and Avram and the Idols.
We are now on Chapter 4 of our Hebrew book, which emphasizes the letters "Hay" and "Yud". For homework, please review pages 17 to 20 with your child.
Have a good week - Shavuah Tov!
Mindy Elins, M.Ed
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We are now celebrating the beautiful harvest festival of Sukkot. On Sukkot, some families build temporary huts outside their homes. A Sukkah is a perfect perfect place for eating meals and welcoming guests to enjoy the Autumn. Each child created a model Sukkah, and decorated it. To learn about Sukkot, we enjoyed a book entitled "Night Lights" about a sister and brother who slept outside in their Sukkah like our ancestors did.
We studied lesson 3 in our textbooks, on pages 13 through 16. This chapter focuses on the Hebrew letters Lamed and Dalet. Key words in the lesson are Shalom (hello, goodbye and peace) and Adom (the color red). Please review lesson 3 with your child.
Please send the following with your child each week: 1) the bookbag we created, 2) our textbook (Alef Bet Quest), a snack and a Tzedaka contribution. Many thanks!
Our next meeting will be on October 15, and we will enjoy additional Sukkot festivities at that time.
Have a great two weeks.
We had a great time in Sunday School discussing the New Year and all that we hope to do to make it a good one. Our themes included forgiveness and friendship.
I told a story entitled "The Yom Kippur Lesson" It's about two neighbors, one wealthy in material things, and the other with only one prized possession - a tree. In jealousy the wealthy neighbor cuts down the tree. Please ask your child to tell you the story. It's a beautiful tale about saying "I'm Sorry."
Each child has now received our textbook The Alef Bet Quest. We have covered pages 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9. This past Sunday we explored the two silent letters: Aleph and Ayin. The pronunciation of these letters is determined by their accompanying vowels. For homework, please go over lessons One and Two with your child. Thank you!
May your joys be many in this New Year. Love, Mindy
It was wonderful to spend Sunday morning with your children. We are getting to know one another, and sowing the seeds of classroom community.
Our morning revolved around the High Holidays, Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. We spoke of these holidays as opportunites for self reflection. To highlight this, we tossed balls into a basket, noticing that sometimes we "miss the mark". This led to a discussion about hopes and disappointments. Your children are thoughtful and articulate. Dori had a young man blow the shofar, and we learned the Ellen Allard song "Shofar Blast".
We have begun our Hebrew studies with the letters Mem, Final Mem and Shin. Key words are Shofar, Shabbat and Mezuzzah. There is no homework this week, but I will soon be suggesting textbook practice and online games.
Your child decorated a Tote Bag for Sunday School. Please have your child bring the bag, along with our textbook "Alef Bet Quest" to each class.
As we approach Rosh Hashana, I want you to know that I am delighted to be sharing this year with you. I hope that you and your family will be blessed with good health and joyous times in the New Year.
It was a delight to spend Sunday morning with your children. Alexandra, our teaching assistant, and I are looking forward to a wonderful year.
We started with a science experiment using two eggs - one raw and one hard boiled. That led into our story about a poor woman who had many hungry children to feed. She happened to find an egg. Considering herself a wise person, the woman devised a plan to use that egg to build a fortune. In the story, the woman planned extensively, but failed to take action. Reflecting upon the New Year, we thought about how we each want to grow, and what actions we can take.
Our class is learning about Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, the holidays that usher in the Jewish New Year. We looked at various New Year traditions, including dipping apples in honey. Your child now knows that TAPUACH is the Hebrew word for apple. Our Hebrew vocabulary will continue to expand.
I wish Shana Tova - a good year- to you and your family.
Mindy Elins, M.Ed
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