Aleph 1 aleph – 1st Year 

 Morah Anat Young

 

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
5/14 – Taking attendance and collecting Tzedakah.The children and I went over the answers to the final evaluation that was taken last week. Afterwards, they wrote down answers in their notebook to the following questions: 1. What have you enjoyed the least/most about Hebrew school this year and why? 2. What changes would you have made, if any, and why? 3. Any advice for the teacher (morah)? 4. What have you gained this year from class? 5. What are you looking forward to in Bet class? We also played Hebrew Hangman and then had pizza dinner with the rest of the Hebrew school.
Homework to be completed by next class:
5/14 – Look forward to receiving progress reports by June, practice Hebrew throughout the Summer, and have a great Summer break!

 

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
5/7 – Taking attendance and collecting Tzedakah.The children had their final exam and afterwards we had an all school T’filot; a great discussion about the final, Israel, and other miscellaneous subject. At the end of the T’fillah students and Rabbi Prass gave presents to teachers. It was very nice.
Homework to be completed by next class:
5/7 – Homework: Relax and get excited for next weeks class.

Please encourage your child to share what they learned in class, to complete homework in a timely matter, and verify that they come to class weekly with all items; textbook, notebook, folder, and sharpened pencils.

Thank you ☺

Next week is our last Hebrew class. We’ll be reviewing our tests, playing a few games and celebrating the end of the school year with our final pizza dinner.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
4/30 – Taking attendance and collecting Tzedakah.The children reviewed for our final evaluation exam; letter/vowel recognition, reading, sound check on pages 88 & 93, and picture this on page 76. We also played Hebrew Hangman and made Mother’s Day Cards, to include Hebrew vocabulary.
Homework to be completed by next class:
4/30 – Homework: Review for the final evaluation exam next week.

Please encourage your child to share what they learned in class, to complete homework in a timely matter, and verify that they come to class weekly with all items; textbook, notebook, folder, and sharpened pencils.
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Today in class we worked on:
4/23 – Taking attendance and collecting Tzedakah.The children reviewed reading all of the letter/vowel sounds and key words and then wrote one word that starts with each Hebrew letter in their notebook. This is also to be continued as part of the homework assignment. I had informed the children that we have 4 more weeks of Hebrew class, and in 3 weeks, they will be taking their final evaluation exam, which we discussed in detail, there will be no surprise material. To continue with our Passover unit, I handed each child a mystery Egyptian hieroglyphics worksheet, that reveals Passover associated words. We also had an all school Tfilot (Prayers) which was led by kitah gimmel
Homework to be completed by next class:
4/23 – Homework: Complete writing words to start with each Hebrew letter of the alphabet, and we will review these words next week.

Please encourage your child to share what they learned in class, to complete homework in a timely matter, and verify that they come to class weekly with all items; textbook, notebook, folder, and sharpened pencils.
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Today in class we worked on:
4/16 – In our textbook, we worked on page 91, the 4 Questions, specifically reading them in Hebrew. In addition, we practiced our Hebrew decoding by reading many of the Passover vocabulary in Hebrew. Finally in class, we prepared our part for the Hebrew School model seder.

The seder was really wonderful, and kitah aleph did a fantastic job reciting the Four Questions! Everyone put a lot of hard work into this project and they should be very proud. You can see the final product here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5DDn81kYc4
Homework to be completed by next class:
4/16 – Homework: Practicing the “4 Questions.”

Please encourage your child to share what they learned in class, to complete homework in a timely matter, and verify that they come to class weekly with all items; textbook, notebook, folder, and sharpened pencils.

Read the 4 questions at your family seder, because you worked so hard on them.
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Today in class we worked on:
4/9 – We worked on reading the 4 Questions for Passover Seder, both as a class and their indiviual parts for our Hebrew School model seder.

Then we discussed the Passover story to help us come up with some creative ideas for the model seder.

In the textbook, we completed lesson 20.
Homework to be completed by next class:
4/9 – Homework: Practicing the “4 Questions.”
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Today in class we worked on:
4/2 – Taking attendance and collecting Tzedakah.The children completed speed read; letter and vowel sounds and keywords. We discussed the upcoming holiday of Pesach (Passover), in preparation for our all school Seder/presentation. Our class will be putting on a skit of the 4 Questions; we exchanged ideas of how to present this and practiced reading the questions. This will be continued and ongoing until our actual presentation. I had asked the children to practice their question part at home as well, as each child has the “4 Questions” sheet. The last 5 minutes of class, we played Pesach Hangman.
Homework to be completed by next class:
4/2 – Homework: Practicing the “4 Questions.”
Please encourage your child to share what they learned in class, to complete homework in a timely matter, and verify that they come to class weekly with all items; textbook, notebook, folder, and sharpened pencils.
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Today in class we worked on:
3/19 – Taking attendance and collecting Tzedakah.The children took a letter and vowel quiz, which I went over together as a class. The grades will be recorded on their end of the year progress reports. We learned our Hebrew colors and completed a worksheet; writing the words in Hebrew matching to their English translations and that includes a word search. We played Hebrew Charades; each child acted out a Hebrew word and their peers had to guess the word and read it accurately. We had an all school Tfilot which was led by kitah daled.
Homework to be completed by next class:
3/19 – Homework: Purim Mitzvot; write 5 mitzvot that you would like to complete, and tying it into the Purim story.

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SPRING BREAK – No class next week, we will resume on April 2nd.
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Today in class we worked on:
3/12 – Taking attendance and collecting Tzedakah. We reviewed the homework assignment as a class; the “write” letter, completed a word search to discover a hidden message, completed speed read to all the letters and vowel sounds, recited the blessings (over the bread, wine/juice, and Shabbat candles). The last few minutes of class, we played Hebrew Hangman and then proceeded to have pizza dinner.
Homework to be completed by next class:
3/12 – Behrmanhouse activities.
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Today in class we worked on:
3/5 – Taking attendance and collecting Tzedakah. As a review of all of the letters/vowels, we completed speed read and filling in the right letters/vowels. We went over words that end with the “cha” or “ach” sounds. I recited the story of Purim, with main characters outlined (Haman, King Achasverosh, Mordechi, Queen Esther, Queen Vashti). The children completed a Purim word search in Hebrew/English and a maze. The last 10 minutes of class, we played Hebrew 20 questions.
Homework to be completed by next class:
3/5 – Textbook; page 84 The “write” letter and Behrmanhouse activities.

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Today in class we worked on:
2/26 – Taking attendance and collecting Tzedakah. We reviewed the letter/vowel quiz as a class by incorporating games (Hebrew speed read and pictionary); each child had to write each letter down, draw a picture incorporating that letter into it, and choose any word from their textbook that includes that letter, write it down and then read the word accurately. We also played Hebrew “What am I;” thinking of words that sound the same in English and guessing the word (Ex: Helicoptor, Hippopatamus, Tea, Zebra, Sandal, etc.)
Homework to be completed by next class:
2/26 – Please go to Behrmanhouse.com and review the letter/vowel sounds.

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Today in class we worked on:
2/19 – Taking attendance and collecting Tzedakah. The children completed a letter and vowel quiz, which I will grade and we will go over together as a class next week. From our textbook, we completed pages 74, 75 & 77; odd letter out, the “write” letter, and a crossword puzzle. We went over the answers as a class. Each child had a turn sharing their paragraphs from the “Tikkun Olam” (repair of the world) project. We discussed how we can assist with helping others, our planet, and how it ties into completing mitzvahs. We played Hebrew/English Hangman.
Homework to be completed by next class:
2/19 – Please go to Behrmanhouse.com and complete 2 assignments/games that our tied to our textbook material.

Please encourage your child to share what they learned in class, to complete homework in a timely matter, and verify that they come to class weekly with all items; textbook, notebook, folder, and sharpened pencils.
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Today in class we worked on:
2/12 – Taking attendance and collecting Tzedakah. As a review of all of the letters/vowels, we played Hebrew Hangman; the class was divided into 2 groups and worked with their teammates to write out random words and the opposing team had to guess letters/words and the team that read that word accurately, earned a point. If the word was not read fluently, the opposing team got to “steal” a point. We also played spead read. The homework assignment is below. We had pizza dinner with our school peers.
Homework to be completed by next class:
2/12 – Tikkun Olam Project; each child writes 3 paragraphs on how they can better the world or what they think contributes to a better world.

Please encourage your child to share what they learned in class, to complete homework in a timely matter, and verify that they come to class weekly with all items; textbook, notebook, folder, and sharpened pencils.
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Today in class we worked on:
2/5 – Taking attendance and collecting Tzedakah. As a review of all of the letters/vowels, we played Hebrew Jeopardy on our white board and each child had a turn to read random words from our textbook. We reviewed page 76; pictionary word connections to Hebrew letters. We started discussing our Tikkun Olam project (homework assignment below); write 3 paragraphs of how you can contribute in a positive way to our world or make a change by completing mitzvahs. We will go over this project next week at class. Last few minutes of class, we played Jewish Hangman. We also had an all school Tfilot.
Homework to be completed by next class:
2/5 – Tikkun Olam Project (instructions above)

Please encourage your child to share what they learned in class, to complete homework in a timely matter, and verify that they come to class weekly with all items; textbook, notebook, folder, and sharpened pencils.
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Today in class we worked on:
1/29 – We reviewed page 76 as a class, this was the homework assignment. Then we reviewed all letters and vowel sounds; speed read within chapters in textbook and picked random words for each child to read. We reviewed that each letter and vowel is written in their notebook and this is also part of their review.

Then we started a project on Tikkun Olam.
Homework to be completed by next class:
1/29 – review page 76

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
1/15 – Taking attendance and collecting Tzedakah. As a review of the letters/vowels we know, we played speed read with the letter and vowel sounds and various keywords. We learned the new letters of Nun, Final Nun, and Pay, the keywords: Ner (Candle), Yaeen (Wine), Chai (Life) and Meshpacha (Family). We completed a few worksheets as a class; words that sound the same in Hebrew and English, match the English letter to the Hebrew letter sounds, etc. We had an all school Tfilot. Homework assignment is described below.
Homework to be completed by next class:
1/15 – From our textbook, page 76; Picture This – matching of words to pictures.

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Today in class we worked on:
1/8 – We reviewed the homework from Winter break; project of written paragraph what each student did over the break. Each child read/shared it with the class.

We reviewed chapters 1-13 by speed reading with letters and vowel sounds and giving a turn to each child to read random words from the chapters.

We started Chapter 14; learned the new letters of Chet, Final Chaf and Chaf, teach them clues how to remember them and please have them read random words to you from the chapter, including the keywords highlighted.
Homework to be completed by next class:
1/8 – Chapters within Behrmanhouse.com/games     

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
12/18 – Taking attendance and collecting Tzedakah. We reviewed the letters, vowels, and keywords we already know, by playing Speed Read. We went over the homework together as a class, solving the clues to finding Hebrew words. Our new letter and vowel we learned are: Zayin (Z sound) and the “OO” vowels. I also taught the children the “Karate Vowels,” please ask your son/daughter to demonstrate to you. We completed corresponding worksheets; rhyming words that have the letter Zayin in them and sound alike words. The last 10 minutes of class we played the Guessing Game and the homework assignment for Winter break was explained (see below). We had pizza dinner as a whole congregation.
Homework to be completed by next class:
12/18 – Winter break project; title is “Winter break,” each child is to write 2-3 paragraphs of what they did over break and incorporate these 5 Hebrew words: Sheleg (snow), Shemesh (Sun), Ema (mom), Abah (dad) and Bieet (home) and draw a picture.
No class for the next few weeks due to Winter break/the holidays, CLASS WILL RESUME ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 8th. Wishing you all a happy and healthy new year!

Please encourage your child to share what they learned in class, to complete homework in a timely matter, and verify that they come to class weekly with all items; textbook, notebook, folder, and sharpened pencils.
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Today in class we worked on:
12/11 – Taking attendance and collecting Tzedakah. As a review of the letters/vowels we know, we played Hebrew Knowledge; the class was divided into 2 teams and each team had a turn reading words accurately, calling out the correct letter and vowel sounds. If a team didn’t get the answer correctly, the other team got to steal a point. At the end, we know that all my students are smart and they’re all winners and each child got a prize (pencil, eraser and Chanukah Gelt). The new letters and vowels we learned today: Koof and Kaf (K sounds) and Chaf (CH sound), the vowel was the “OO” and keywords were: Sukkah and Kiddush. We played speed read with the new letter/vowel combination words and then completed a project. The project was: Just as in the Chanukah story, each child wrote a paragraph/s within a cut out dreidel, what the miracle in their lives are, incorporating the letters of Nun, Gimmel, Hay, and Shin (A big miracle happened there). The last 5 minutes of class we played the Guessing Game, to be continued into next week…
Homework to be completed by next class:
12/11 – From our textbook, page 58; Odd letter out.

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Today in class we worked on:
12/4 – Taking attendance and collecting Tzedakah. We reviewed the letters, vowels, and keywords we already know, by playing Speed Read. We reviewed homework as a class, finding the hidden word riddle of “Matzah.” The new letters today: Samech and Sin and the keywords of Sabah (grandfather), Savtah (grandmother) and Israel. Please ask your son/daughter the clues I teach them to remember each letter sound and vowel and we always add the new letters/vowels and keywords to our notebook or index cards “dictionary.” I taught the children that the word Israel in Hebrew contains our forefathers/mothers names, as each letter represents a name in Hebrew. We played Chanukah Guessing Game and went around the room and each child answered this question: As the Macabee’s were hero’s of the Chanukah story, who do you consider your hero/ine and why? We also had an all school Tfilot (services).
Homework to be completed by next class:
12/4 – From our textbook: Page 53 – circle Hebrew words on the oranges on the tree that contain the “B,” “V,” or “oo” vowels.

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Today in class we worked on:
11/27 – Taking attendance and collecting Tzedakah. As a review of the letters/vowels we know, we played Hebrew Jeopardy and Speed Read, as each child had a turn reading letters and vowel sounds. The children also shared their Thanksgiving project, what they are thankful for. The new letters and vowels we learned: Vet and Vav (both V sounds) and the silent vowel. Please ask your son/daughter what clues I teach them to remember all letters and vowels. The children practiced reading random words from the textbook, with focus on key words of: Havdalah, Miztvah,Talit and Torah. We will continue practicing these letters; writing, reading and worksheets, next time we’re in class. Each child also made a drawing that included various letters that we have learned (ex: the Shin was turned into a rose). Homework assignment details below.
Homework to be completed by next class:
11/27 – From our textbook, page 49; word riddles.

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Today in class we worked on:
11/13 – Taking attendance and collecting Tzedakah. As a review of the letters/vowels we know, we played “Speed Read,” as each child had a turn reading letters and vowel sounds. The new letters and vowels we learned: Resh (R sound), Tet, Tav and Taf (all T sounds) and the vowel “ay.” Please ask your son/daughter what clues I teach them to remember all letters and vowels. The children practiced reading random words from the textbook, with focus on key words of: Regel (leg), Baytza (egg), Talit and Torah. We will continue practicing these letters; writing, reading and worksheets, next time we’re in class. As Thanksgiving is approaching, the children started a project (to be continued during break); the title is “Yom Hodu” (Day of the Turkey) and they are to start writing a paragraph with “Ani Modeh or Modah” (I am thankful for…) Then they add a drawing. We had an all school Pizza dinner.
Homework to be completed by next class:
11/13 – Behrman House, play another game AND complete their Thanksgiving project, as it will be shared next class. There is NO class next week due to Thanksgiving holiday/break. We will resume class on 11/27/18.

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Today in class we worked on:
11/6 – Taking attendance and collecting Tzedakah. As a review of the letters/vowels we know, Hebrew Jeopardy was played. Each child had a turn to answer the clues on the white board. We learned the new letters of “Tzadee and Final Tzadee (TZ sounds),” practiced writing the letters and key words: Matzah and Meetz (juice). Each child took turns reading random words and sentences. We also completed corresponding worksheets; writing the correct letter within any word and connecting same sound words that are spelled differently. We had all school Tfilot.
Homework to be completed by next class:
11/6 – Behrman House, play another game and page 33 from our textbook.

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Today in class we worked on:
10/30 – Taking attendance and collecting Tzedakah. As a review of the letters/vowels we know, each child had a turn contorting their body into a shape, so that we can guess what the letter or vowel is and what sound it makes. This is also a new twist on HTM (Hebrew through Movement). We worked on chapter 6; leaned the new letter Yud (Y or EE sound depending if it’s read as part of the EE vowel) and EE vowel, keywords were: Bimah (Podium as with going up to read the Torah) and Ema (Mom). The children took turns practicing reading random words and building on those with rhyming and puzzle worksheets. We also had a practice fire drill twice, from 2 exits (front and back entrances). The last 5 minutes of class we played the guessing game. We also had a planned fire drill.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/30 – Behrman House, play 1-2 of the games and get acquanted with the site. There is also a message on the board from me on there. If you’re not able to get on, please contact the #800 number for customer support.

Please encourage your child to share what they learned in class, to complete homework in a timely matter, and verify that they come to class weekly with all items; textbook, notebook, folder, and sharpened pencils.
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Today in class we worked on:
10/23 – Taking attendance and collecting Tzedakah. As a review of the letters/vowels we know, each child had a turn being the “teacher” and writing clues for the others to guess the letter and/or vowel sound. We also practiced the “speed game” where each child reads a letter and random words from our textbook from the lessons we learned. The new letter and vowel we learned today are: Gimmel (G sound) and the “Eh” vowels. Please ask your child the clues I give them to remember any letter or vowel sound. We practiced writing the new letter and keywords of: Shemesh (Sun) and Geshem (rain), also reading various words by using our decoding skills (breaking down each letter sound with the vowel sound). Our art project was “The Kotel;” writing a note to G-d by using a couple of Hebrew words, and placing that note within the “bricks” of the Western Wall. The torn up brown construction paper represented the bricks. Ask your child to see their masterpiece. We also played Hebrew/English Combination of 20 questions.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/23 – Behrman House, play 1-2 of the games and get acquanted with the site. If you’re not able to get on, please contact the #800 number for customer support.

Please encourage your child to share what they learned in class, to complete homework in a timely matter, and verify that they come to class weekly with all items; textbook, notebook, folder, and sharpened pencils.
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Today in class we worked on:
10/16 – Taking attendance and collecting Tzedakah. We reviewed the letters, vowels, and keywords we already know, by playing Hebrew Jeopardy on the white board. We started chapter 3 within our textbook; new letters are: Hay (H sound except at the end of any word it is silent), Yud (Y sound), vowels: ah and oh, keywords: Yad (hand) Ha (The), we practiced reading random words and ryming and sound alike words, also completed a crossword puzzle with a hidden riddle word: The Shamash (helper candle). We also had an all school Tfilot (services).///
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/16 – Behrman house: Call the 800 number for tech support, so that your child can familiarize her/himself with the site, and next week, I will start posting a message and some Hebrew games.
Homework is reviewed each week.

Please encourage your child to share what they learned in class, to complete homework in a timely matter, and verify that they come to class weekly with all items; textbook, notebook, folder, and sharpened pencils.
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Today in class we worked on:
10/9 – Taking attendance and collecting Tzedakah. We reviewed the letters and vowels we learned (Shin, Mem, Final Mem, Aleph, Ayin, Bet and the “ah” vowels) and went over the homework together as a class. We started chapter 3; new letters are Lamed and Dalet and the “O” vowel, practiced writing the letters and vowels and some key words, each child got a turn reading words and we also completed corresponding worksheets. We did HTM (Hebrew through Movement); sit down, stand up, tap on the table fast/slow. We had pizza dinner as a Hebrew school congregation.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/9 – From our textbook; page 16
Homework is reviewed each week.
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Today in class we worked on:
10/2 – Taking attendance and collecting Tzedakah. We reviewed the letters and vowels we learned and went over the homework together as a class. We started chapter 2 within our textbook; new letters include Aleph and Ayin (both letters are silent and are read by the vowels) and the Bet. Please ask your child the clues I teach them to remember any letter and vowel. We practiced writing the individual letters and words and reading various words and circling the syllable sounds. We discussed the holiday of Simchat Torah and then the children did an art project; making their own Torah scroll, writing down 3-5 of their own commandments and using Jewish stamps and coloring to decorate. Homewok has been assigned (please look below).
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/2 – From our textbook; page 12 – Homework is reviewed each week.

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Today in class we worked on:
9/25 – Taking attendance and collecting Tzedakah. As an introduction to get to know one another, students and teacher, we got introduced to the letter Aleph (first letter in the alphabet – correlation to the first day of Hebrew school); we printed it and colored and then wrote answers to the following questions: students name and family members, favorite hobby and why, favorite Jewish holiday and why, and what do we expect to gain from this year in Hebrew and why we think it’s important. We also got a coloring worksheet that includes all of the Hebrew vowels and their sounds. From our Aleph Bet Quest textbook; chapter 1; the letters Shin, Mem and Final Mem and the words of Shamash (helper candle), Sham (there), and Shabbat. We learned clues how to remember the letters and vowels, practiced reading words, wrote the letters in our textbook and completed some questions. We also learned the words, Ani Po (I am here), Eparon (Pencil) and Shalom (Hello, Goodbye and Peace). Homework was assigned. For our first t’fillah we gathered in the sukkah, and shook the lulav and etrog.
Homework to be completed by next class:
9/25 – From our textbook; page 8
The Hebrew Vowel worksheet; color in and practice the sounds
Homework is reviewed each week.

Please encourage your child to share what they learned in class, to complete homework in a timely matter, and verify that they come to class weekly with all items; textbook, notebook, folder, and sharpened pencils.
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