1st & 2nd Grade

Morah Melissa Kaufman

 

Today in class we worked on:
3/8 –
1. Students shared “Mazel Moments” in circle time.
2. Students had the opportunity to enjoy a funny Megillah reading- with Rabbi Bellows, Rabbi Prass and Morah Ari and the other classrooms.
3. Students set up and ran the classroom’s Purim booth at the carnival. We raised a lot of money for our Tzedukah which is Yad Ezra V’Shulamit: Feeding Israel’s Hungry.
4. Thank you for contributing with prizes!
Homework to be completed by next class:
3/8 –
1. Tzedukah,
2. Box Tops for Education.
3. Supplies for class including your book and flashcards and box.
4. Review your flashcard letters and their “saying sounds”.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
3/1 –
1. Students shared “Mazel Moments” in circle time.
2. Students had the opportunity to pray during T’Fillah- with Rabbi Bellows and the other classrooms.
3. Students were given the Hebrew letter AYIN flashcard and learned its saying sound is “SILENT”. 
4. Students discussed the holiday of Purim and how we celebrate. Why we celebrate in costumes. What the story of Purim is and why we read the Megillah.
5. Students enjoyed singing in Shira with the other classrooms.
Homework to be completed by next class:
3/1 –
1. Tzedukah,
2. Box Tops for Education.
3. Supplies for class including your book and flashcards and box.
4. Review your flashcard letters and their “saying sounds”.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
2/23 –
1. Students shared “Mazel Moments” in circle time.
2. Students had the opportunity to pray during T’Fillah- with Rabbi Bellows and the other classrooms.
3. Students were given the Hebrew letter TZADI flashcard and learned its saying sound “TZ or TS”. 
4. Students created their own “special” Hamsa mobile project. They learned how the hamsa will provide good luck and protection for one. I hope they hang them in their homes and look at them often.
5. Students enjoyed singing in Shira with the other classrooms.
Homework to be completed by next class:
2/23 –
1. Tzedukah,
2. Box Tops for Education.
3. Supplies for class including your book and flashcards and box.
4. Review your flashcard letters and their “saying sounds”.

 

Today in class we worked on:
2/16 –
1. Students shared “Mazel Moments” in circle time.
2. Students had the opportunity to pray during T’Fillah- with Rabbi Bellows and the other Gan – 3rd grade classrooms.
3. Students were given the Hebrew letter TET flashcard and learned its saying sound “T”. (Hebrew Hint- “looks like a samech- students learned another” saying Hebrew letter” be careful).
4. We read from the Beginnings @ A Jewish Meal pamphlet- discuss how we begin a Jewish meal with a blessing (Brakhah). How bread is very special to us, as Jewish people.
5. Students enjoyed singing in Shira with the other Gan – 3rd grade classrooms.
Homework to be completed by next class:
2/16 –
1. Tzedukah,
2. Box Tops for Education.
3. Supplies for class including your book and flashcards and box.
4. Review your flashcard letters and their “saying sounds”.

 

Today in class we worked on:
2/9 –
1. Students shared “Mazel Moments” in circle time.
2. Students had the opportunity to pray during T’fillah- with Rabbi Bellows and the other classrooms.
3. Students were given the Hebrew letter KAF flashcard and learned it’s sound “K”. (Hebrew Hint- “looks like a bet without a tail in the back” be careful).
4. We read from the Beginnings @ Tu B’Shevat pamphlet- discussed how we celebrate here and how they celebrate in Israel. What rituals do we do on this holiday and the purpose of celebrating.
5. Students enjoyed singing in Shira with the other classrooms.
Homework to be completed by next class:
2/9 – 
1. Tzedukah,
2. Box Tops for Education.
3. Supplies for class including your book and flashcards and box.
4. Review your flashcard letters and their “saying sounds”.

 

Today in class we worked on:
2/2 –
1. Students shared “Mazel Moments” in circle time.
2. Students had the opportunity during T’Fillah- with Rabbi Bellows & Rabbi Prass & Morah Ari to watch and participate at the 5th Grade Faux Wedding Aufruf!
3. Students were given the RESH flashcard and learned the Hebrew letter: RESH-saying sound is “R”. (Helpful hint)- looks like a backwards R).
4. We learned the life of Moses, Aaron and Miriam, how they as siblings in the Torah, were Prophets for G-D and the Jewish people. We watched a four-part series on YouTube.
5. Students enjoyed singing in Shira with the other classrooms.
Homework to be completed by next class:
2/2 –
1. Tzedukah
2. Box Tops for Education.
3. Supplies for class including your book and flashcards and box.
4. Review your flashcard letters and their “saying sounds”.

 

Today in class we worked on:
1/26 –
1)  worked together parents and students (Boker B’Yachad): Thank you to all the parents for coming this morning and spending the time learning to show “we can do Jewish at home” together with our classroom!
2) Students shared “Mazel Moments” in circle time.
3) Students with their parents shared time in T’fillah, led by Rabbi Bellows and 2 of our madrichim along with all of Gan – 3rd grade.
4) Students were given the HEY flashcard and learned the Hebrew letter: HEY-saying sound is “H”. (Helpful hint)- Looks like a door).
5) Students enjoyed singing with their parents in Shira with Matthew Swolsky, Lily and Lucy and the other Gan – 3rd grade classrooms
6) Students with their parents created a spice box to use at their home during family time at the Havdalah ceremony.
7)  They came out so creatively.
Homework to be completed by next class:
1/26 – 
1.  Bring in Tzedukah,
2. Box Tops for Education.
3. Supplies for class including your book and flashcards and box.
4. Review your flashcard letters and their “saying sounds”.

 

Today in class we worked on:
1/19 –
1. Students shared time with T’Fillah- with Rabbi Bellows and the other classrooms.
2. Students shared “Mazel Moments” in circle time.
3. Students were given the MEM flashcard and learned the Hebrew letter: MEM-saying sound is “M”. (Helpful hint)- Looks like a man on a mountain- ei. Moses receiving the Ten Commandments).
4. We made a creative Ten Commandment craft using our very own “Meaningful Commandment”. We hope you get a chance to see it.
5. Students enjoyed singing in Shira with Lily Malitz and the other classrooms.
Homework to be completed by next class:
1/19 –
1.  Bring in Tzedukah,
2. Box Tops for Education.
3. Supplies for class including your book and flashcards and box.
4. Review your flashcard letters and their “saying sounds”.

 

Today in class we worked on:
1/12 –
1. Students shared time with T’Fillah- with Rabbi Bellows and the other classrooms.
2. Students shared “Mazel Moments” in circle time.
3. Students were given the YUD flashcard and learned the Hebrew letter: YUD-saying sound is “Y”. (Helpful hint)- looks like a vav but very small).
4. We learned the life of King David, how he started as a shepherd and became King of Israel, students watched a four-part series on YouTube.
5. 6. Students enjoyed singing in Shira with the other classrooms.
Homework to be completed by next class:
1/12 –
1.Tzedukah,
2.Box Tops for Education.
3. Supplies for class including your book and flashcards and box.
4. Review your flashcard letters and their “saying sounds”.

 

Today in class we worked on:
12/15 –
1. Students shared time with a special all school T’Fillah- with Rabbi Bellows, Rabbi Prass, Morah Ari and the other classrooms. We celebrated the 19-20 consecration class.
2. Students shared “Mazel Moments” in circle time.
3. Students were given the PAY flashcard and learned the Hebrew letter: PAY-saying sound is “P”. (Helpful hint)- looks like a penny in the pocket). We will also discuss the ways to give to others “Tzedukah”.  We will learn about the importance of Abraham families being the first of the Jewish people and how they started to help others.
4. We read from the Beginnings pamphlet- Tzedukah – Discuss the ways we share what we have with others; clothes, money and time etc.
5. We read the Book: Grandma Rose’s Magic- by: Linda Elovitz Marshall
6. Students enjoyed singing in Shira with the other classrooms.
***Have a wonderful winter break! Happy Chanukah and Have a wonderful New Years! See you on January 12!
Homework to be completed by next class:
12/15 –
1.Tzedukah
2.Box Tops for Education.
3. Supplies for class including your book and flashcards and box.
4. Review your flashcard letters and their “saying sounds”.

 

Today in class we worked on:
12/8 –
1. Students shared time with T’Fillah- with Rabbi Prass and the other classrooms.
2. Students shared “Mazel Moments” in circle time.
3. Students were given the ZAYIN flashcard and learned the Hebrew letter: ZAYIN-saying sound is “Z”. (Helpful hint)- looks like the letter VAV but the body is zig-zag and has a slat piece at the top). We also discussed  the holiday of Chanukah and Chanukah in the home.
4. We read from the Beginnings pamphlets- Chanukah and the story of the Maccabees and lighting the Hanukkiyah. We discussed all the yummy foods we eat and enjoy on this holiday.  
5. We made a fun Chanukah craft using our hands and a menorah and a dreidel. We hope you get a chance to see it.
6. Students enjoyed singing in Shira with the other classrooms.
Homework to be completed by next class:
12/8 –
1.Tzedukah, 2.Box Tops for Education.
3. Supplies for class including your book and flashcards and box.
4. Review your flashcard letters and their “saying sounds”.

 

Today in class we worked on:
11/24 –
1. Students shared time with T’Fillah- with Rabbi Bellows and the other Gan – 3rd classrooms.
2. Students shared “Mazel Moments” in circle time.
3. Students were given the KOOF flashcard and learned the Hebrew letter: KOOF-saying sound is “K”. (Helpful hint)- one of the few letters with a long line in the front hanging down). We also discussed G-D and G-D in the home.
4. We read from the Beginnings pamphlets- Saying the Shema, discuss that no one can see G-D but we see the all work G-D has done for us. We discussed the Mezuzah, the doorpost of rooms it should be on and special prayer inside of it.  
5. Students enjoyed singing in Shira with the other classrooms.
Homework to be completed by next class:
11/24 –
1.Tzedukah
2.Box Tops for Education.
3. Supplies for class including your book and flashcards and box.
4. Review your flashcard letters and their “saying sounds”.

 

Today in class we worked on:
11/17 –
1. Students shared time in T’Fillah- with Rabbi Prass and the other classrooms.
2. Students shared “Mazel Moments” in circle time.
3. Students were given the DALET flashcard and learned the Hebrew letter: DALET-saying sound is “D”. (Helpful hint)- Similar to the letter RESH, but the top line looks like a door. Make sure it is written like a “hinge hanging over”). We also discussed G-D and G-D in the home.
4. We read from the Beginnings pamphlet on G-D and G-d in the home. We discussed all the places where G-D is found. How we need G-D in our lives and honor him.  
5. Students enjoyed singing in Shira with the other classrooms.
Homework to be completed by next class:
11/17 –
1.Tzedukah
2.Box Tops for Education.
3. Supplies for class including your book and flashcards and box.
4. Review your flashcard letters and their “saying sounds”.

 

Today in class we worked on:
11/10 –
1. Gan – 3rd grade students shared time with T’Fillah- with Rabbi Bellows and the other classrooms.
2. Students shared “Mazel Moments” in circle time.
3. Students were given the CHET/HET flashcard and learned the Hebrew letter: HET/CHET-saying sound is “CH”. (Helpful hint)- Not to make the HET/CHET with a toe that will look like the Hebrew letter we have learned before TAV.
4. We read from the Beginnings pamphlet on Havadalah and what items we use at the ceremony on Saturday night. We use wine, a twisted candle, and sweet smelling spices.  
5. Students enjoyed singing in Shira with the other classrooms and Morah Ari.
6. We enjoyed listening to me read the book; Picnic at Camp Shalom- by: Jacqueline Jules.
Homework to be completed by next class:
11/10 –
1. Tzedukah,
2. Box Tops for Education.
3. Supplies for class including your book and flashcards and box.
4. Review your flashcard letters and their “saying sounds”.

 

Today in class we worked on:
11/3 –
1. Students shared time with T’Fillah- with Rabbi Prass and the other Gan – 3rd grade classrooms.
2. Students shared “Mazel Moments” in circle time.
3. Students were given the VAV flashcard and learned the Hebrew letter: VAV-saying sound is “V”. (Helpful hint)- not to make the VAV “tail” look too long or short. It may look like other Hebrew letter- YUD or FINAL NUN.
4. We read from the Beginnings pamphlets on Shabbat and Shabbat @ Home and how we say blessings over wine, candles, and Challah. Discuss how the Jewish people celebrate the “day of rest”. Students learned about the ways we celebrate and the traditions. 
4. Students enjoyed singing in Shira with the other classrooms.
5. Students created a Noah’s Ark project with the animals and the rainbow.
Homework to be completed by next class:
11/3 –
1.Tzedukah,
2.Box Tops for Education.
3. Supplies for class including your book and flashcards and box.
4. Review your flashcard letters and their “saying sounds”.

 

Today in class we worked on:
10/27 –
1. Students shared time with T’Fillah- with Rabbi Bellows, Rabbi Prass and Morah Ari and the other classrooms. This week we prayed the Havdalah ceremony. We also had a camp style sing along.
2. Students shared “Mazel Moments” in circle time.
3. Students were given the SAMECH flashcard and learned the Hebrew letter: SAMECH-saying sound is “S”. (Helpful hint)- same sound as the SIN- very distinct shape).
3. We read from the from Beginnings @ Beit K’nesset pamphlet- Discuss the synagogue- a house or place where people gather. We discussed all the items we find there and use at our Beth Am’s synagogue: External light, Torah, prayer books, people, and ark.
4. Students had a program about the Reform Movement’s summer camp. https://osrui.org/summer/
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/27 –
1. Tzedukah
2. Box Tops for Education.
3. Supplies for class including your book and flashcards and box, crayons and sharpened pencils and glue.
4. Review your flashcard letters and their “saying sounds”.

 

Today in class we worked on:
10/20 –
1. Students shared time with T’Fillah- with Rabbi Prass and the other Gan – 3rd Grade classrooms.
2. Students shared “Mazel Moments” in circle time.
3. Students were given the GIMEL flashcard and learned the Hebrew letter: GIMEL-saying sound is “G”. (Helpful hint)- looks like a giraffe with two legs kneeling.
3. We read from the Beginnings pamphlets on Simchat Torah & The Torah. Discuss the Jewish holiday we spend in the Synagogue. Customs and rituals of the holiday and how Jews around the world are celebrating with marching around with the Torah scrolls seven times waving flags. Discuss how the Torah was given to the Jewish people from G-D.
4. Students enjoyed singing in Shira with the other classrooms.
***5. Students created a Torah project which asked them what the Torah means to them. They are bringing them home today. Hope they bring them to services tonight at 5:00pm. ***
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/20 – 1.Tzedukah, 2.Box Tops for Education.
3. Supplies for class including your book and flashcards and box.
4. Review your flashcard letters and their “saying sounds”.

 

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
10/13 – It was a special morning in that, in advance of the Sukkot holiday we had a special program at CBA’s synagogue.
1) We began the session with an all school T’fillah led by Rabbi Prass and Morah Ari. We heard a story about sukkot, and we talked about the different ‘things’ in our synagogue space which make this space ‘holy’ vs a regular room. (aka eternal lamp, ark, etc.)
2) Our class joined the other grades in our Religious School, for a series of rotations related to the holiday. At each station we learned new things including possible themes and images we might want to assemble in our own sukkah and discussing broken items in our world today.
3) Additionally, we had the chance, with Rabbi Bellows to visit the Beth Am sukkah outside, sign our name on the 5780 panel, and shake the lulav/etrog.
4) With Rabbi Prass we talked about the situation of interning children at the US border with Mexico. This was done in an age appropriate way. Also, we didn’t discuss border policy, but rather focused on the living conditions those detained are going thru.
5) This was a lead in to our special Tzedakah project of the session, where our class, in conjunction with other Chicagoland synagogues, made packets of sanitary items for those women and yeladim.
6) We concluded with a very spirited shira session of ballads geared towards Chag HaSukkot with Morah Ari!
Chag Sameach to all!

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
10/6 –
1. Students shared time in T’Fillah- with Rabbi Bellows and all of Gan – 3rd grade
2. Students shared “Mazel Moments” in circle time.
3. Students were given the NUN flashcard and learned the Hebrew letter: NUN-saying sound is “N”. (Helpful hint)- has “nothing” like it.
3. We read from the Beginnings pamphlets on Rosh ha-Shanah and Yom Kippur. The Birthday of the Universe, and to how we ask G-D’s for help “fixing our mistakes we made”. Students learned about the customs and rituals focusing around them. How Jews around the world are celebrating.
4. Students enjoyed singing in Shira with the other classrooms.
5. We read the book; New Year at the Pier- A Rosh Hashanah Story- by April Halprin Wayland.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/6 –
1. Tzedukah
2. Box Tops for Education.
3. Supplies for class including your book and flashcards and box.
4. Review your flashcard letters and their “saying sounds”.

Today in class we worked on:
9/22 –
1. Students enjoyed time with T’Fillah- with Rabbi Bellows and the other classrooms.
2. Students shared “Mazel Moments” in circle time.
3. Students were given the TAV flashcard and learned the Hebrew letter: TAV-saying sound is “T”. (Helpful hint)- looks like it has a big toe.
3. We began reading from the Beginnings pamphlet series. The first one was regarding the Jewish fall holidays. Students learned about the customs and rituals focusing around them. They will be bringing them home today.
4. Students had a great time in Shira with the other classrooms.
5. We read the book; Sammy Spider’s New Friend- by Sylvia A. Rouss.
Homework to be completed by next class:
1.Tzedukah,
2.Box Tops for Education.
3. Supplies for class including your book and flashcards and box.
4. Review your flashcard letters and their “saying sounds”.

 

Today in class we worked on:
9/17 –
1. Students enjoyed T’Fillah- with Rabbi Bellows and the other classrooms.
2. We learned the meanings of Tzedukah and how it relates to the Shofar blasts.
3. Students were given the Bet flashcard and learned the Hebrew letter: BET-saying sound is “B”. (Helpful hint)- looks like it has a belly-button.
3. Students designed their own Tzedukah boxes. They will be bringing them home today.
4. Students had fun singing in Shira with the other classrooms.
Homework to be completed by next class:
9/17 –
1.Tzedukah
2.Box Tops for Education.
3. Supplies for class including your book and flashcards and box.
4. Review your flashcard letters and their “saying sounds”.

 

Today in class we worked on:
9/8 – 
1. Opening Assembly with madrichim and Rabbis.
2. Year-in-review “class highlights”. Passing out new books and First Hebrew letter flashcard- SHIN-saying sound is “SH”.
3. Getting-to-know-you-game with a beach ball.
4. 10:35-10:55am-Shira
Homework to be completed by next class:
9/8 – 
1.Tzedukah,
2.Box Tops for Education.
3. Supplies for class including your book and flashcards and box.