Daled 4 daled – 4th Year

 

Morah June Fox

 

Before you read what we did today in class, I need to reiterate that due to many allergies, students are not allowed to bring snacks into the class. Please have them eat their snack before arriving to school. Also, there is no gum chewing allowed in the school. There will also not be any rewards of candy.

 

Today in class we worked on:
1/22 –
1) We discussed Chasadim Tovim, Acts of Loving Kindness. Each student shared what they do for the mitzvah of Chasadim Tovim. This class had a lot of wonderful mitzvoth that they shared, which fulfilled our Jewish value. We practiced reading and understanding more of the Amidah.
2) Students, with a partner, created a six block comic to describe an act of Chasadim Tovim . We will continue to share next week.
3) By the way, your children are so kind to each other.  They choose partners to work with that might need some extra help. This class has been showing Chasadim Tovim !! I am so proud of them.
4) Next week we will talk more about respect. For example, standing during the Amidah, respecting each other, and the im-portance of complimenting friends and family.
5) We all went to T’fillah with the entire Wednesday Hebrew school.
Homework to be completed by next class:
1/22 –
1) Students are to practice lines 4-6 of the Amidah on page 49.
2) 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.
3) 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:
1/15 –
1) I assessed the students on the reading of the first three lines of the Avot V’Emaot. Students did a great job. Next week lines 4-6.
2) We talked about our Jewish ancestors being our first family.  Students talked about their own family up to grandparents and some great grandparents and presented their family tree. I thought this might be a challenge, however, students came pre-pared and did a great job on their tree. All were created differently. Those that were not ready will present next week. Thank you parents for your help.
3) Students worked together on vocabulary and meaning of the Amidah.
4) We played Around the World with everyday words from our word wall.
5) The students were so involved, and the time went too fast.
Homework to be completed by next class:
1/15 –
1) Next week: If your student did not bring in the person or person’s name they were named after, in English and Hebrew, maybe they will be able to for next week.   We will continue to share and learn how families decided to name their kiddos.
2) 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.
3) 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:
1/8 –
1)  We began the Avot V’Emahot prayer and choreography. We started the prayer lines 1-3 and then we will move on to 4-6 and finally 7-9. So, oral test will be in about 3 weeks.
2)  We discussed family, relationships and ancestors. We began the homework in class. See homework.
3)  We worked on prayer words writing and reading.
4)  We ended with a Game…Around the World using Siddur words.
Homework to be completed by next class:
1/8 –  
1) 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!(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 or Students bring notes to class and then they will design the tree in class.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
12/18 –
1) We began the Me Chamocha prayer.   We talked and showed where it is found in the Torah (Exodus 15) and how it became an important prayer. This is a prayer for the gift of freedom. I posed a question to students. How does the way this Torah page differ from  other pages in the Torah?  (Answers were right on!!! No columns because we need to see the importance to the words.)
2) Students worked together with the root: koof,daled and shin. We then continued with language skills and Hanukah.  Ask your kiddos what the first letter of the first 4 words of Me Chamocha are. Then write them down and what does it spell?? ( mem, chaf, bet, and yud). We compared the wonders of crossing the Reed Sea and the wonders of the miracle of Hanukah. We dis-cussed the regaining of religious freedom. It is important to know of the legend and the miracle. Great conversations!!!!! Also, Hanukah, as as well as Purim, are not in the Torah.
3) Students were tested on lines 1-3 and did great. (Still need to work on fluency.)
4) Played a Hanukah question and answer game in teams! So much fun!!
5) Enjoyed pizza dinner.
Homework to be completed by next class:
12/18 –
1) Practice Me Chamocha lines 6 & 10
2) Students: Fun activity!!! Go to  the digital application in text. Click on men, chaf, bet and yud (macabee) go to “Music Match” and join in to play a Hanukah song. Let me know how that went in January when I see you all.
3) Have a fun break and we can all share when I see you in January ! Happy and joyous Hanukah . Remember to put candles in from right to left and light them from left to right. Enjoy your break!!!
4) Thank you, Morah Fox

 

Today in class we worked on:
12/11 –
1. We reviewed and read lines 6 & 7 of the V’ahavtah and each student read lines to me.  They all did their best. With practice it will be more fluent. They should go to practice with the Behrman House App Chapter 4 and practice lines 6&7.
2. We began Me Chamocha, ch. 5, and found where it is located in the Torah (Exodus 15) and how it became an im-portant prayer. Also , how wonderful and necessary is the gift of freedom. We connected this prayer to today!! We discussed in detail the Mitzvah of Pidyon Sh’vuyim, redeeming captives. We spoke of Tz’dekah and why we collect it each week. We discussed how we can help others who suffer.
3. Next students wrote about and shared an event that could have been a miracle in their lives. How they felt.
4. Students read the prayer in Hebrew and discussed the English meaning. Question posed to them was which word ap-pears the most?  (Israel) and Why?
5. With a partner they worked on prayer words with a puzzle.
6. We ended with Hangman.
Homework to be completed by next class:
12/11 –
1) Practice reading MeChamocha on pages 40 and 41 in text.

 

Today in class we worked on:
12/4 –
1.  We reviewed and read lines 4&5 of the V’ahavtah and each student read lines to me.  They all did their best. With practice it will be more fluent. They should go to practice with the Behrman House App Chapter 4 and practice lines 6&7.
2. Students worked on root and prayer vocabulary with partners.
3. We discussed how the Torah is like a marriage contract between Hashem and us. We discussed qualities they admire in others especially the ones they love. We discussed loving your neighbor as your-self.  This lead to doing the right thing, exercising, believing in ourselves, and studying to do well, taking care of others, being kind, respect, support.
4. Students shared and article called: The Shema: How Listening Leads to Oneness. We discussed how important it is to LISTEN!
5. We talked about the difference between listening and hearing.  For example: One needs to listen not just hear their family and teachers!!
6. We played Hangman with Shema words.
7. Went to T’fillah with the rest of the Hebrew school
Homework to be completed by next class:
12/4 –
1) Students should again be ready to read lines 6&7 . We will also learn the chant.
2) From their text ….students need to go to the digital application and practice reading the Shema.  Click on the Vav to enter level 4…V’Ahavtah then click on the Torah scroll to practice.

 

Today in class we worked on:
11/20 –
1. We reviewed the V’ahavtah and each student read lines 1-3 to me.  They all tried and did their best. With practice it will be more fluent. They should go to practice with the Behrman House App Chapter 4.
2. I showed the students a variety of Mezuzot and the scrolls.  We talked about what makes a mezuzah kosher and not. We learned the prayer one says when putting a mezuzah on their doors. 
3. We discussed the qualities one admires in people that they love. Students worked with each other and we shared.  I must say the conversations were quite interesting.
4. Pizza dinner

Homework to be completed by next class:
11/20 – 
1) from their text ….students need to go to the digital application and practice read-ing the Shema.  Click on the Vav to enter level 4…V’Ahavtah then click on the To-rah scroll to practice.
2) Students should again be ready to read the first three lines (or more if they know it) aloud next class.  We will also learn the chant.
3) Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends.

 

Today in class we worked on:
11/13 –
1) Class discussed what showing respect and love is in families. How do we show love and respect to G-d? Work with a partner answer and share. Super discussions.
2) We spoke about the mezuzah and what is inside and on the outside. Had a discussion about he Shema and V’Ahavtah  both written in the Torah and the mezuzah. We recited the blessing said when hanging the mezuzah. Some children shared their experience doing this mitzvah in their own homes. Next week, we will see many different Mezuzot and look and feel the parchment and see the shadai on outside of parchment.
3) Ch. 4 begins the V’Ahavtah. We worked on first 3 lines which they will be responsible to read or chant next week. We went over the English meaning of each line and discussed. I had the students illustrate what the Shema  means to them. Very interesting interpreta-tions.
4) We ended with a word game.
Students should be ready to read the first three lines (or more if they know it) aloud next class. 
Homework to be completed by next class:
11/13 – from their text ….students need to go to the digital application and practice read-ing the Shema.  Click on the Vav to enter level 4…V’Ahavtah then click on the Torah scroll to practice.

 

Today in class we worked on:
11/6 –
1) We worked on root words Mem ,Lamed, Chaf. ..King or ruler . There were many familiar words with this root. We then read the paragraph in rounds popcorn style. We then worked on more root words.
2)  Students discussed what K’lal Israel means…the entire Jewish people.  We talked about all members of Israel are responsible for one another. We will always take care of each other. This lead discussion to an important Jewish value which is a mitzvah. When are we doing this mitzvah??? When do you feel a part of K’lal Israel?
3)  I asked Rabbi to bring in a Chumash and show the students where we find the Shema in D’varim 6:4.
4) Next week we start the V’Ahavtah
5) We went to T’fillah.
Homework to be completed by next class:
11/6 – 
1) Please have students go onto Behrman House OLC Chapter 3, Shema.
2) For next week, I’d like the students to think about the words B’nai Yisrael and what it means to teach our children.

 

Today in class we worked on:
10/30 –
1) We began our class talking about listening vs hearing. Great discussions. Students dis-cussed what is a promise. Then we discussed promises made to the Jewish people. We continued discussion on our allegiance to G-d and what that means. What is the Shema vs. the pledge to the flag in school?
2) We discussed our tradition, values, and the first two lines of the Shema. Students worked together on the prayer words and their meanings.
3) We went over the word of the day…Shema- Hear and played a Heblish Madlib.
4) Students were tested on Ma’Ariv Aravim and then we played Around the World with Sid-dur words.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/30 –
1) Please have students go onto Behrman House OLC Chapter 3, Shema.
2) For next week, I’d like the students to think about the words B’nai Yisrael and what they mean.

 

Today in class we worked on:
10/23 –
1) We began with different ways to greet someone using Hebrew words. Words were : Erev Tov, Boker Tov, Lyla Tov Boker Or, Shalom, Shabbat Shalom and Ma’Ariv Aravim
2) We continued the prayer Ma’Ariv Aravim on page 17.  This is the prayer recited before the evening Shema.  The chart was finished in their book and we compared the blessings for morning and evening.
3) Students need to practice the prayer Ma’Ariv A’ravim (Page 17 lines 1-4 and page 18, lines 8-10) We will begin testing this week. We practiced in class.
4) Students wrote their own prayer for the new year, (in English). They all thought and did a great job!
5) We took the saying…In darkness there may be a spark of light. With a partner, I asked them what this means to them. Outstanding answers and discussion.
6) We then went to T’fillah.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/23 –
1) Please have students go onto Behrman House OLC chapter 2, they really need to practice reading these prayers. And its fun!
2) Practice reading lines 1-4 and 8-10 on pages 17 and 18. Be prepared to read to me.

 

Today in class we worked on:
10/16 –
1) We began reading popcorn style on page 16 and looked at the difference of the ayin and tzdit.  We spoke about the two letters and the angles they possess. Sorta a geometry lesson.
2) We discussed what mitzvah, tzdekah, and tzitzit and haolam mean, and their importance.
3) Students were quizzed on lines 1&2 and 9&10 ( pages   13&14)****Each student had a special line on page 13 that they are responsible for class session today.
4) We began the prayer Ma’Ariv Aravim on page 17.  This is the prayer recited before the evening Shema. We discussed the similarities between both prayers, Yoster Or and Ma’Ariv Aravim both are recited after the Shema and at different times of the day.  The similarities of wisdom, light, Hashem the Creator and the time of day. Next week, the students will make their own T’chart and compare the two prayers.
5) Students need to practice both prayers and will be tested soon. (Yotser OrPage 13 lines1& 2 and page14 lines 9&10 and Ma’Ariv A’ravim Page 17 lines 1-4 and page 18, lines 8-10)
6) Next week the students will be also writing their own prayer, (in English), I’d love for them to think ahead of time.
Students still come without markers and pencils and spirals. They need to be prepared for class.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/16 – Please have students go onto Behrman House OLC chapter 2, they really need to practice reading these prayers. And its fun! For extra fun, go to page 23 in text and answer the clue to cyberspace and send to me.( junefox17@att.net)
Chag Sameach

 

Today in class we worked on:
10/2 –
1) Heblish :  Students used Hebrew letters and sounds and rewrote the question, “How did you celebrate Rosh Hashanah?”
2) We continued in chapter 2 and learned more about the blessing ( Yo’ster Or) before the morning Shema praising G-d for light.  Students were to read lines 1&2 and 9&10 ( pages 13&14) over the past week. We reviewed today. ****Each student has a special line on page 13 that they are responsible for next class session.
3) We talked about creation and all of the light that G-d creates for us and why. Also, they worked on the prayer words and their meaning.
4) We worked on how this prayer relates to how we treat others. We then talked about Yom Kippur and behaving better with others.  The students really had some interesting reasons about behaving more appropriately.
6) Lastly, the students worked together with the Alef – Bet fun sheet. It will help with letter recognition. (Some still need to study their vowels.)
7) We ended with Hang Man.
Students still come without markers and pencils and spirals. They need to be prepared for class.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/2 – Students are to practice their line and the beginning and end of Yo’ster Or prayer. Please have students go onto Behrman House OLC, they really need to practice reading these prayers. And its fun!
No school next week because of Yom Kippur.  So I will see your kids on the 16th.
G’mar Tov

 

Today in class we worked on:
9/25 –
1) Heblish :Students took the rhyme,  “Humpty Dumpty had a great fall”, and  used Hebrew letters and sounds and rewrote the rhyme.
2) They had a quick letter vowel quiz.
3) We reviewed the Barachu on page 5. Students were to practice for today with page 10 .  They are to review it again for next class.
4) We moved on to chapter 3 and learned about the blessing before the Shema praising G-d for light.  We discussed where they have  heard about light and its importance? We talked about light ..OR ..in creation. In the evening we say Ma’ariv A’ravim.  These two blessings thank G-d for the wonders of creation (light and darkness) and renewal of each day. We talked about….Erev Tov, Shabbat Shalom, Boker Or, Boker Tov, Lay’la Tov, and Shalom.
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 with T’fillah
Homework to be completed by next class:
9/25 – Practice reading lines 1&2 of Yoster Or  page 13
And review page 10 of the Baruchu.
Have a healthy and sweet New Year.  Shana Tovah!

 

Today in class we worked on:
9/18 –
1) Heblish : Students did very well using Hebrew letters and sound. 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. Students reviewed roots , Bet Resh and Chaf. We finished the first chapter played some online games with the prayer. I explained to students that this year they will be learning the Shabbat evening and morning prayers.
3) Students will be keeping a word of the week vocabulary sheet in their spiral.
4) We ended class with Around the World game. They really seemed to have so much fun.  This game helps with reading sight words and Siddur words and helps later with fluency.
5) Please help your child to remember to practice reading at least 2x a week for 5-10 minutes.  This will really bring back all that they
learned last year.
 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.

 

Before I begin to tell you about our afternoon; I’d like to say that your children are very special and I am so thrilled to be a part of their Jewish education.
Today in class we worked on:
9/11 –
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. We also played another ice breaker called: “Standup, Hands up, Pair up”. Students shared, by the7 second rule, their feeling about coming back to Hebrew school after summer break. They ended by giving each other a compliment. I just loved the engagement of all the students.
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 component )
The first prayer to study is the Boruchu. We practiced pages 4&5 , which you may want to see.
4) I will be giving a quick letter review each time we meet. 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 the game “Hangman” using Hebrew Through Movement vocabulary (HTM).  This was good for students to remember their letters and 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:
9/11 – I asked students to practice their letters and the Boruchu prayer by reading aloud and not rushing. Eventually, after we get into the text next week, I want them to go on the Online Learning Center and check it out. It is a fun way to learn.
Thank you,