Daled 4 daled – 4th Year 
 
Morah Traci Stratford

 

Today in class we worked on:
1/21 –
1) This afternoon we wrapped up the Mi Chamocha blessing.  We began class with a reading review together and the completion of pages 46 and 47 in our workbooks.  While students were working, we did pull out 1 on 1 reading checks with me. They all did their best and will continue to improve with practice.  
2) We played a few rounds of memory to review vocabulary from the v’ahvta and mi chamocha blessings before we joined the other classes for t’filah.
Homework to be completed by next class:
1/21 –
1) Reading practice: Mi Chamocha lines 1-10 (pg 40-41)
2) Reminders: Please bring your workbook, a pen or pencil and tzedekah every week. As a reminder- no food, gum or candy is allowed at Hebrew school. Please finish all snacks before you walk in the building on Tuesday afternoons.

 
 

Today in class we worked on:
1/14 –
1) This afternoon we began with a review of the Mi Chamocha, lines 1-6 we learned last week and introduced lines 7-10 (pg. 41).  To review our reading, we played did some partner speed reading.  We paired up with another student and set a 1 minute timer. Student A would read and repeat a set of lines while Student B listened, followed along and corrected- if necessary.  Then they would switch and Student B would read, while A listened.  We rotated around until we had read the entire blessing and was partnered with every student in class.
2) Followed by our reading practice, we completed a few workbook activities and ended class playing a vocabulary review game designed and led by Sam that tested our reading and translation skills.
3) Thank you all so much for adhering to the no food/no candy policy.  This will continue through the end of the school year.
Homework to be completed by next class:
1/14 –
1) Reading practice: Mi Chamocha lines 1-10 (pg 40-41)
2) Reminders: Please bring your workbook, a pen or pencil and tzedekah every week.

 

Today in class we worked on:
1/7 –
1) Welcome back! It was nice to see everyone again this afternoon.  Today we jumped into the next lesson, the Mi Chamocha. This blessing is in the book of Exodus.  G-d freed the Israelites from slavery in Egypt and parted the Sea of Reeds so that they could cross safely.  The parting of the water was a miracle and they sang a song of praise to G-d (this blessing!)
2) We focused on lines 1-6 (pg 40-41) and spend time working on vocabulary (pg 42).  There are two “versions” of this blessing — certain lines are recited during a morning service and others during an evening service.  In class, we’re focusing on the morning version.  While most of the class is very familiar with this blessing, those morning lines are new for many of us.
3) We ended class today with a video assignment. We broke into two teams and each group had to record a video that was less than a minute that taught us about the Mi Chamocha, showed the celebrations of the Israelites crossing the Sea of Reeds and incorporated at least 5 Hebrew words from the blessing, lines 1-6.
Homework to be completed by next class:
1/7 – 
1) Reading practice: Mi Chamocha lines 1-4 (pg 40-41)
2) Reminders: Please bring your workbook, a pen or pencil and tzedekah every week.

 

Today in class we worked on:
12/17 –
1) Today we completed lesson 4, the V’ahavta. Everyone has been working really hard on this blessing and their progress is wonderful. 
2) We spent time in class completing a few workbook pages from this lesson and doing one on one reading checks. 
3) After break, we’re starting with lesson 5, the mi chamocha. We are definitely going to be picking up the pace next semester and the blessings will get increasingly difficult.  It’s very important that you practice at home, 10 minutes, 3-4 days a week. The online learning center is a great resource and has a read-a-long feature that can be very helpful.
4) Wishing you all a very happy Chanukah and New Year. Have a safe winter break and I’ll see you in 2020.
Homework to be completed by next class:
12/17 –
1) Reading practice:  Practice reading the blessings from lessons 1, 2, 3 and 4 in your workbook.
2) Reminders: Please bring tzedekah to class with you weekly.

 

Today in class we worked on:
12/10 –
1) Good to see everyone again this afternoon.  Today we began with the Alef-Bet letter quiz.  This is the second time we’ve taken it this year.  Again, the goal here is to review letter and vowel recognition and see continuous improvement throughout the year.  When the semester reports go home in a few weeks, you’ll see your scores for both quizzes we took this semester. 
2) Last week during t’filah, Rabbi Prass asked how we know what a blessing is.  The answer -is that blessings all begin with “baruch ata adonai eloheinu meleh ha-olam…”.  There are a few well known “blessings” in our daily tfilah that do not begin with this line, including the sh’ma and v’ahvta.  These “blessings” are directly from the text of the Torah.  Today, we spent time up close and personal with the Torah scroll. Rabbi Prass explained how the scrolls are written, why there aren’t vowels- and how we learn to read the text without these helpful symbols, the meticulous process to write a Torah scroll and more.  After a really interesting Q&A conversation, we each took turns reading the text of the sh’ma and v’ahvta directly from the scroll!
3) Following this unique reading review, we spent the remainder of time on vocabulary review- playing around the world and Hebrew hangman- testing our reading and translation skills.
Homework to be completed by next class:
12/10 –
1) Reading practice:  Practice reading the V’ahvta, pg 33, lines 1-7 and pg 35, lines 1-4.  Next week, will be our final reading “check in” before we move onto new blessings after the winter break.
2) Reminders: Please bring tzedekah to class with you weekly.

 

Today in class we worked on:
12/3 –
1) I hope everyone has a great and filling Thanksgiving!
2) Today we reviewed the v’ahvta, pg 33 lines 1-7 and introduced the final four lines of the blessing, lines 1-4 on page 35.  These are the lines that begin with L’maan tizkru.
3) After reading practice, we split into two groups, half of the class went with Andrea, our madricha to continue practicing the new lines while the rest of the class worked on activities in our workbooks and did a root review activity.   8 roots were written on the white board and we had to translate the roots and using the text from lessons 1-4 in our book, we searched for words that have those roots, wrote them in Hebrew and translated them into English.   The groups switched half way through.
4) We ended our time together with t’filah along with the other hebrew kitot.
Homework to be completed by next class:
12/3 –
Reading practice:  Practice reading the V’ahvta, pg 33, lines 1-7 and pg 35, lines 1-4.  If you did not complete the workbook activities, please do so as homework (pg.38-39).
Reminders: Please bring tzedekah to class with you weekly.

 

Today in class we worked on:
11/19 –
1) This afternoon we jumped straight back into the v’ahavtah. Last week we focused on lines 1-3 and today we continued on through line 7 (pg 33).  After a few rounds of reading practice as a class, we broke off into pairs to continue practices and to complete pages 36 and 37 in our work books.  One of the activities we did introduced the shoresh (root) letters alef-hay-vet. Words with this root have translations about love. V’ahavtah has that root (and you shall love).
2) We ended class along with kitot alef, bet and gimmel for our monthly pizza dinner.
3) Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving- see you in December!
Homework to be completed by next class:
11/19 –
1) Reading practice:  Practice reading the v’ahavtah, pg 33, lines 1-7.
2) Workbook: Compete any workbook activities on pages 36 and 37 you did not complete in class.
3) Reminders: Please bring tzedekah to class with you weekly.

 

Today in class we worked on:
11/5 – Great seeing everyone today! This afternoon, we dove deeper into the Sh’ma.  The Sh’ma is the “pledge of allegiance” for Jews, it’s our proclamation that there is only one G-d, and that G-d is Adonai. We discussed the difference between Judaism and many other ancient religions — those ancient religions had multiple Gods (polytheism), Judaism on the other hand, only had one (monotheism). That’s why it’s important that our pledge, the Sh’ma articulates that point as the core of our faith.
The second half of class today was spent doing workbook activities that focused on vocabulary from the Sh’ma. While we were working, students were pulled out one at a time for a reading check and to review how they did on the letter quiz we took the week before last.  Everyone did a nice job on that assignment. We’ll take the assessment a few more times before the end of the school year and our hope is that their scores improve every time.
 Homework to be completed by next class:
11/5 – Complete any assigned workbook activities you didn’t finish this afternoon: pg. 26, 27, 28 and 29. In addition, complete the “Cyber Sleuth” activity at the bottom of page 31.
Reminders: Please bring tzedekah to class with you weekly.

 

Today in class we worked on:
11/29 – Today we completed lesson 2- Yotzeir Or and Ma’ariv Arivim and we reviewed both blessings together as a class.  We spent a good portion of class this afternoon completing our activity from last week- piecing the Ma’ariv Arivim blessing together syllable by syllable.  It was really great seeing everyone read the blessing word by word and break those words apart. This process helps their pronunciation and letter/sound identification.

 

We briefly introduced the next blessing and lesson — the Sh’ma. More on that next week. Next week, we’ll also review  the alef-bet letter quiz we took last week.  This quiz, which we’ve taken last year (and will take again at least twice more this year), is just a check that ensures continuity in hebrew letter recognition.
 Homework to be completed by next class:
11/29 – Online Learning Center: Play “tile tip”, lesson 2 — using the Clue to Cyberspace hint on pg 22
Reminders: Please bring tzedekah to class with you weekly.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
10/22 – This afternoon’s class began with a Hebrew letter quiz that tests their identification of the Hebrew alphabet and vowel sounds. We’ll take this assessment a few times during the school year as a “check in” to see how we’re doing. 

 

Class time today was spent reviewing the Ma’ariv Arivim blessing. The students were broken up into two teams and handed a bag with the words of the blessing cut up into pieces by syllable.  They had to piece the blessing back together word by word.  Not only is this activity a great review of the blessing, but it helps with reading skills and letter/vowel sounds when we read a word slowly, syllable by syllable.

 

We ended the afternoon together with the other Hebrew classes for t’fillah.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/22 – Practice reading: Barchu (pg 5) and Yotzeir Or Lines 1-10 (pg 13-14) in your workbook

 

Today in class we worked on:
10/15 – After a round robin reading of the blessings we’ve learned so far this year (Barchu, Yotzeir Or and lines 1-4 of the Ma’ariv Arivim)  we were introduced to the second half of the Ma’ariv Arivim blessing and the remaining vocabulary words included in this lesson. We had the option today to work individually, with a partner or in a group of three to complete two vocabulary activities in our workbooks and practice reading the new lines of the blessing.
Homework to be completed by next class:
(Today’s homework assignment is the first that includes playing games in the Online Learning Center.  Please encourage your students to spend time with the book’s online component. A great feature is the blessing reading practice, the computer will read the blessings out loud line by line and your students can self correct as they read along. If you have any trouble logging in, call Berhman Houses’ 1-800 number. They’re very helpful!)
Reading practice:  Practice reading the Barchu (pg. 5), Yotzeir Or lines 1-10 (pg. 13-14) and Ma’ariv Arivim lines 1-10 (pg. 17-18)
Online Learning Center: Play “tile match” in lesson 2. Click “games” and play any lesson 1 or lesson 2 game.
Reminders: Please bring tzedekah to class with you weekly.

 

Today in class we worked on:
10/1 – Shana tova!
Today we began class with a quick review of both blessings we’ve learned this year, the Barchu and Yotzeir Or.  We introduced the next blessing, Ma’ariv Arivim.  This is a blessing we say in an afternoon or evening service before the Sh’ma. We began by reading the blessing in English.  The Maa’riv Arivim  praises God for bringing on darkness, controlling day and night, for the stars and the seasons.  This week, we focused on lines 1-4 of the blessing.
We played a game of team Jeopardy.  Categories included: Barchu, Yotzeir Or, Ma’ariv Arivim, Reading and Vocabulary.  Tuesday is Kol Nidre, we do not have class.  We’ll see everyone again on the 15th.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/1 – Reading practice:  Practice reading the Barchu (pg. 5), Yotzeir Or (pg. 13-14) and Ma’ariv Arivim lines 1-4 (pg. 17)
Reminders: Please bring tzedekah to class with you weekly.

 

Today in class we worked on:
9/17 – Today we went over the Barchu, the call to worship and practiced our reading fluency.  We began the first of two blessings in lesson 2, the Yotzeir Or.  This is a blessing we say in morning t’fillot (prayer services) before we say the Sh’ma.  Yotzeir Or, translates to creator of light, and this blessing praises and thanks G-d for the new day (light) and for G-ds numerous creations we continue to experience today.
We ended class a few review games– around the world and team tic-tac-toe that tested our Hebrew reading skills, vocabulary translation (Hebrew to English and English to Hebrew) and knowledge about both the Barchu and Yotzeir Or.
Homework to be completed by next class:
9/17 – Practice reading: Barchu (pg 5) and Yotzeir Or Lines 1-5 (pg 13) in your workbook
Explore for a little while online in the Online Learning Center and familiarize yourselves with the website.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
9/10 - Welcome back! It was so nice to meet everyone this afternoon and I’m looking forward to a great year together.  Today we jumped right into the first blessing- the Barchu. The Barchu is often referred to as the “call to worship” -it’s the first blessing in our prayer service and it summons us to pray together! It’s a call and response prayer and we all took turns leading the class and being the responding congregation. We spent a lot of time today in station rotations- Station 1: a siddur search, looking for the baruch in our sidur (prayer book) and looking for any context clues that would explain what the themes we find in the section of the service where the barchu is.. Station 2: vocabulary memory game. Station 3: reading practice.  We ended class today with kitot Alef, Bet and Gimmel — hearing the shofar. During this month of Elul leading up to the high holidays, we’re supposed to sound the shofar daily.   
Homework to be completed by next class:
9/10 –
Reading practice:  Practice reading the barchu (top two lines on page 5 in your workbook). 
Reminders: Please bring your workbook, a pen or pencil and tzedekah every week.