Today in grade seven, students explored the Torah portion Beshalach and the theme of "finding one's own voice". Following tefilah, students explored the question "When do you become an adult?" The teens read a story about "Finding One's Own Voice" in the book, Text Messages, and saw a video about Nachshon who dared to walk into the waters of the Red Sea first when the future Israelite people escaped slavery in Egypt. In Hebrew, students read open and closed syllables and then two syllable words in Hebrew. They completed a simple color coded guide to help them remember the sounds of the Hebrew vowels.
Dear Parents, Today in grade seven, the teens learned about the ten plagues and Pharoah's stubbornness as a leader. The students learned through a G-dcast video that the plagues reminded the future Israelites, having been enslaved in Egypt for 400 years, that G-d was powerful and that G-d was on their side. We also watched a fun video by Bim Bam (formerly known as G-dcast) about planting trees on Tu B'Shevat. Students were given tree planting envelopes from JNF to take home for your family, in case you would like to plant a tree in Israel in honor or memory of someone you care about. Everyone planted chive and parsley seeds in soil for Passover. The seeds should sprout well in advance of the holiday! The link to "Honi the Circle Maker" is below. Laurie https://youtu.be/hRfV7XrGfBo
Today in grade seven, the teens learned about the story of Moses at the burning bush and Moses' reluctance when he was called by G-d to lead the future Israelite people out of slavery in Egypt. Students shared stories of taking leadership, bravery and courage with one another in class. Some students created skits and others games about the story of Moses as a reluctant leader and about the theme of taking a leadership role. In Hebrew, students learned about three letter, Hebrew "root words", translated a phrase from the Avot V'Imahot based on their knowledge of two root words, and practiced reading words from the prayer.
A question you could ask your son/daughter is if they see themselves as quiet leaders, outspoken leaders, or perhaps someone who prefers to work from within a larger group. As you know, some teens may be just beginning to discover how they prefer to assert themselves and stand up for their beliefs and values at home, at school and in their larger communities.