Daled 4 daled – 4th Year

 

Morah June Fox

 

Today in class we worked on:
1/16 –
1) I assessed the students on the reading of the Mi Chamocha. Great job by all.
2) We began the first part of the Amidah, the Avot V’Emaot first 3 lines.
3) Students talked about their Jewish ancestors and if they knew anything about their family ancestry. This lead to a great discussion and their homework. The longest part of the discussion was to figure out what was an ancestor. I just loved listening to their answers!
4) Students played Around the World game with vocabulary words.
5) We then went to T’fillah.
Homework to be completed by next class:
Students are to find out about their ancestors so they can make a family tree. The tree doesn’t have to go past their grandparents. It does not have to be elaborate. I especially would like them to know with whom they were named after. It may not be from the tree! Students bring notes to class and then we will design the tree. (The tree can be finished at home, if you prefer to work with your child. It can be hand done or be done on line and sent to me in google doc or email. ) I asked the students to bring their devices if they prefer not to use paper and markers.

GO TO : ONLINE LEARNING CENTER (OLC) Click on the large Aleph on right side of Ark to enter level 6. Next click on the Torah scroll to practice reading Avot V’Emaot.
Always PRACTICE THE 6 PRAYERS (BORCHU, YO’TSER Or, MA’ARIV AHRAVIM , SHEMA, V’Ahavtah and Mi Chomocha) If you only have time for one prayer ..practice the V’ahavtah

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
1/9 – HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU!
We began our day with a Heblish statement and a short quiz. Students said they forgot some of the letters and vowels. I assured them that they will remember after we begin class.
1) We reviewed the beginning of the chapter introducing the Mi Chamocha – Song of the Sea, where we discussed Israelites crossing the Reed Sea and singing and praying as they are running away from Egypt. This is a song of the gift of freedom. Again, I asked the students… why does this sound familiar to you? Do you know what event and holiday we are referring to? Actually, when we began to read the first three lines, students broke out in song. Then, I proceeded to tell them there are more lines to learn. Their reaction was, like really???
2) We practiced the reading the full prayer of the Mi Chamocha. I showed them the song in the Chumash. I explained that this song is read from Exodus in the Torah. We had a great discussion.
3) Students worked in pairs and did games and puzzles in their text. We ended with a game called on the way to Israel, I brought with me …….With this game we learned vocabulary words.
Homework to be completed by next class:
“The Tip” game in lesson 5 on the computer. Practice the prayer of the week …MiChamocha and the review practice on the V’Ahavtah

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
12/19 –
1) We began a new chapter introducing the Mi Chamocha – Song of the Sea. We discussed Israelites crossing the Reed Sea and singing and praying as they are running away from Egypt. This is a song of the gift of freedom. I asked the students… why does this sound familiar to you? Do you know what event and holiday we are referring to? Actually, when we began to read the first three lines, students broke out in song. Then, I proceeded to tell them there are more lines to learn. Their reaction was, like really???
2) We then moved on to discuss Pidyon Shvuyim (redeeming captives). We discussed the meaning. Students had many thoughts to share for example: helping the homeless and less fortunate then we all are. I then posed more questions to them. For example: What about the world we live in now? Are we all able to practice our own beliefs? Are we able to express our own opinions as Jews and other religious groups. There was a deep discussion about religious freedom today 2018.
3) We ended our lesson with sharing something they do to help others less fortunate.
4) Pizza dinner
Homework to be completed by next class:
Homework is to practice reading the V’Ahavtah (pg. 33). Everyone will have a line to read after break as a quiz. Students will not know which line I will choose for them. Also, if time, OLC click on the large Vav on right side of ark enter level 4. Next, click on the Torah scroll to practice reading the 4 previous prayers..Borchu, Yotser Or, Ma’ariv Ahravim, Shema. For fun check out Carnival Duck level 5.
Have a restful and fun break.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
12/12 –
1) Students took a letter and vowel quiz today, prepared by the Rabbi. After grading them, most students improved! I will pass them back on Wednesday.
2) We continued our discussion of the Shema and the V’Ahavtah’s meaning.
3) The theme of V”Ahavtah is our love for Hashem. Students identified the root word for love, Aleph,Hey, Vav and proceeded to find the root in the following. A’’Havas Rabah ( abundant love), A’’Havas Olam (love of the world) and V’’Ahavtah ( and you shall love)
4) Your children were great and as we discussed more of the V’Ahavtah . I want students to not just chant this prayer but to understand the meaning of the words.
5) We discussed what we admire in the people we love. Students came up with wonderful qualities of love. How do we show our love to Hashem?
6) We ended with a Siddur challenge and playing Hangman with the words we learned in this chapter.
Homework to be completed by next class:
12/12 –
Practice reading the V’Ahavtah (pg. 33). Everyone will have a line to read next week a a quiz. Students will not know which line I will choose for them.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
12/5 –
1) Heblish : What rituals did you and your family do this week? Write answers in Heblish on the board . We took a 5 min. letter and vowel quiz.
2) We continued our discussion of the Shema and the V’Ahavtah’s meaning.
3) Students worked on one line in the V’Ahavtah and illustrated the meaning of the line and then we shared. We discussed the meaning of love and mitzvoth in their lives.
4) We had a mezuzah parchment to look at and see what is written inside and to see the Shadai on the outside. We spoke about the meaning and the where and why we put the mezuzah on our doorposts. The Rabbi shared different Mizuzot with us and the students were excited to see and touch them. “Some are so beautiful,” said a student. They all witnessed the large Shin and the large Ayin on the Shema parchment. This made last week’s lesson real.
5) Your children were great and as we discussed the V’Ahavtah . I want students to not just chant this prayer but to understand the meaning and be able to read the words.
Homework to be completed by next class:
12/5 – Go to Behrman House and click on the Vav to enter level 4. Then click on the Torah scroll and practice reading.
In the text, students can click on the word Melech (mem, lamed, and chuf). Students can do “quick match” to review vocabulary.

Parents: Please sign the Rabbi’s assessment which was handed back on Nov. 7th for students to share with you. I will collect them.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
11/28 –
1) Heblish : What were some things you were thankful for on Thanksgiving? Write answers in Heblish on the board .
2) We continued our discussion of the Shema and its meaning.
3) Students worked together on the root words given in this chapter.
4) We discussed what it is to be a witness to something. Then we looked at the Shema (first line and saw a difference in the lettering). There was a large Ayin in the beginning and a large Daled at the end. So, we discussed that together they make the Hebrew word “aide” (Ayin Daled). This word means witness. When we perform a mitzvah we are a witness to Hashem. So, I asked students what does it mean to be a witness. We discussed personal knowledge of something, that you saw a particular event, a fact, or made a true statement. We discussed witnessing the snow falling and causing beauty and yet difficulties. We discussed feeding the poor and working in a soup kitchen, visiting sick people, helping shovel the snow for others who cannot, cleaning the garage without being asked, etc. Students came up with many things that made them a witness to Hashem. Therefore, performing ( the doing) was a mitzvah.
5) Your children were great and we discussed a lot preparing for the V’Ahavtah . I want students to not just chant this prayer but to understand the meaning and be able to read the words. We will begin next week.
Homework to be completed by next class:
Go to Behrman House and click on the Vav to enter level 4. Then click on the Torah scroll and practice reading.

Parents: Please sign the Rabbi’s assessment which was handed back on Nov. 7th for students to share with you. I will collect them.
Thank you

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
11/16 –
1) Heblish : “Who did you listen to this week?” Write in Heblish on board and then answer in Heblish in spiral.
2) We had a letter practice quiz. Students need to practice reading letters and vowels.
3) We began our prayer study of the Shema. We discussed what it is to listen and understand. We talked about what is a pledge, commitment, and a promise. Students shared.
4) We began the Shema with the first two sentences in Hebrew. Please ask your students why we read the second line, (Baruch Shame….) quietly and only on Yom Kippur we read it out loud.
5) All seemed fluent in this. In our text, students worked on puzzles and a word sleuth.
6) We began our root discussion using letters mem, lamed, kaf. We read words that had the root word.
Next class, we will begin the V’Ahavtah in chapter 4.
7) We ended the day with a pizza dinner!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families.
Homework to be completed by next class:
Practice by saying the Shema ( 2 lines) every morning and evening if you can. Be ready for assessment on first 2 lines.
Parents: Please sign the Rabbi’s assessment which was handed back on Nov. 7th for students to share with you. I will collect them when we return after break.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
11/7 –
1) Heblish : “What is your favorite subject in school?” Write in Heblish on
board and then answer in Heblish in spiral.
2) We had a letter practice on the board. They were quizzed later .
3) We continued our prayer Ma’Ariv Ah’ravim where each student read lines to
me that they were to practice at home. While that was happening, the rest of the
students worked on the, “ How Do You Do” exercise .
4) Students then tested each other on lines from the prayer. They are to practice
all the lines on page 23 for next week.
5) Next the students worked on a fun and creative learning project. Students
were to take and use as many “Howdy Do’s” to create a rebus story or a children’s
book, or skit. This was done in partnerships. (Words are on page 22 if
you are interested.) We will continue next week.
6) We ended the day with T’fillot
Homework to be completed by next class:
11/7 – Tile Tip game on level 2 Yotser/Ma’Ariv on computer.
On page 23 there are vocabulary words, the students need to draw a sun
or moon over the words, and answer the question.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
10/24 –
1)Today in class we began with a Rabbi quiz on letters and vowels. We then had. A quick Heblish sentence.
2) I introduced the entire Ma’Ariv Ah’ravim prayer (said before the evening Shema) and the meaning. I will assess students reading lines 1-4 page 17, on November 7. Students read lines 1-10 in class and they checked each other through a game. Meanings of all the lines were also read and discussed.
3) Students worked on a prayer puzzle and then created a meaningful prayer. They also were given some prayer starters to help them. However, this class went right to the task and came up with beautiful prayers. So genuine!!! You would all be so proud of their thoughts.
5) Lastly, I showed the students a T’chart where they were able to see same and differences in the two prayers from this chapter.
6) Students can also check out the OLC (Online Learning Center). I check this 1x a week. There is a Tile Tip game in Level 2 that they can play to help with the 2 prayers( Yotser and Ma’ Ahriv).

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
10/17 –
1) Heblish :Students took the rhyme, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” and used Hebrew letters and sounds and rewrote the rhyme.
2) We had a letter practice on the board. They were quizzed later .
3) We continued our prayer Yo’tser Or speaking about light and its importance to the world. A new word Hamorot, heavenly lights, was introduced. After a discussion the students had time to partner up and draw as many heavenly lights in the world as they discussed.
4) Students practiced reading by playing popcorn. Each student then read the line that they practiced for homework.
5) We discussed G’melut Hassadim, with loving kindness, and shared what act of kindness they performed this week. (How did you behave toward others this week??)
6) We ended the day with T’fillah, led by Rabbi Prass.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/17 – Students should click on the bottom Torah scroll (online) and practice reading the next prayer Maariv Aravim or they can use their text and practice page 17. Question for students…..Can you find the longest word in the prayer??

 

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
10/10 –
1) Heblish :Students did very well using Hebrew letters and sounds. Remember,
we may start in English and then proceed as year goes on to Hebrew. Students seemed to have fun using the Hebrew sounds and reviewing their letters. It was a long summer without practice.
2) We began by reviewing the Barchu. We continued with
Lesson 2 in our book, pages 12-14 discussing the next prayer Yo’tser Or. We spoke about light and its importance to the world.
3) Our next discussion was on G’melut Hassadim and what it means. Students
discussed with a partner about ways one can show loving kindness to others. This prayer is said before the morning Sh’ma and how this word relates to adding peace to the world by doing good deeds.
4) Pizza dinner
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/10 – Students have one line to practice, on page 13, for next week. They know their line number.
I asked students to practice their letters and the Yo’ster Or prayer.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
10/3 –
1) This week, the Heblish sentence was “Mary Had a Little Lamb”. Students did very well using Hebrew letters and sounds. Remember, we may start in English and then proceed as year goes on to Hebrew. Students seemed to have fun using the Hebrew sounds and reviewing their letters. It was a long summer without practice.
2) Each student had 7 seconds to tell about something they learned about Sukkot. Fun!
3) We finished Lesson 1 in our book, pages 8-11. ( Reminder: This text is new for your students. They will bring it back to school each week. There will be a page given for the homework using the online Behrman sight )
4) Students reviewed and took a very quick final letter and vowel assessment. I will be giving a quick review each time we meet and then students will have an exit quiz before they leave. This will give me a continual up to date assessment where they might need help with the reading of the prayers.
5) We practiced how to say boruch habah (masculine) and borucha habaah( feminine) meaning, WELCOME. We also learned the plural for feminine and masculine. Interested, check out page 8 in the text.
6) Students then created a WELCOME sign, in Hebrew, to hang in Rabbi’s office. Good time had by all!
7) Students took turns reading aloud and learning different ways to spell G-d in Hebrew.
Parents: Please have your student bring their supplies to school. The supply list was in my welcome letter sent at the beginning of the year. Also, we ask for the students to bring a water bottle with them. They can fill this at school.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/3 – I asked students to practice their letters and the Barchu prayer by reading aloud and not rushing. I want them to go on the Online Learning Center and check it out. It is a fun way to learn. The first assignment is to click on the Carnival Duck game.They must splash words that are part of the Barchu. Use the clue word baruch. (Level 1)

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
9/26 – 1) We began with introductions about ourselves by using the fun activity called “2 truths and a lie!!!” I proceeded with class expectations and shared Hebrew names.
2) Every week, I will put on the board a Heblish sentence. It may start in English and then proceed as year goes on to Hebrew. We use Hebrew letters and sounds to match the English sounds. The sentence this week was : Cubs need to win big time! Students seemed to have fun using the Hebrew sounds and reviewing their letters. It was a long summer without practice.
3) We began Lesson 1 in our book. (This text is new for your students. They will bring it back to school each week. There will be a page given for the homework using the online Behrman sight.)
The first prayer to study is the Boruchu. We practiced pages 4-7, which you may want to see.
4) Students reviewed and took a very quick final letter and vowel assessment. I will be giving a quick review each time we meet and then students will have an exit quiz before they leave. This will give me a continual up to date assessment where they might need help with the reading of the prayers.
5) We ended with Hebrew Through Movement (HTM) by reviewing basic word list. Good time had by all!

Parents:
Please have your student bring their supplies to school. The supply list is on the website. Also, we ask for the students to bring a water bottle with them. They can fill this at school.
Homework to be completed by next class: 9/26 – Nothing is due on October 5!!
I asked students to practice their letters and the boruchu prayer by reading aloud and not rushing. I want them to go on the Online Learning Center and check it out. It is a fun way to learn.