Gimel 3 gimel – 3rd Year 
 
Morah Judy Rogin

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
3/10 –
1)  The students started their work on presenting the Ten Plagues for the model seder. The main focus for the next few weeks will be on Pesach. They have a lot of good ideas. I brought in puppets, and the students brainstormed about which puppets might be useful in the Plagues presentation. What a creative group! I am looking forward to watching the students shape their plague presentation.
2) The last part of class with T’fillah with class Dalet leading. Gimel will lead in April.
Homework to be completed by next class:
3/10 – 
1) Hebrew is a language that builds upon itself, so it is always good to keep practicing on the computer. It is the Behrman House online website. Playing the games online is a good way to keep the vocabulary fresh.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
3/3 –
1) We have started work on the class portion of the model seder. The students will be presenting the Ten Plagues. We watched a few minutes of the unintentionally hilarious The Ten Commandments. The students started the portion about Pesach in their seferim. We had a very productive class.
2) We ended with a couple games of t’fillot bingo. This is a good way to get the students to recognize words.
3) The main focus for the next few weeks will be on Pesach. I am looking forward to watching the students shape their plague presentation. They have a lot of good ideas.
Homework to be completed by next class:
3/3 –
1) Hebrew is a language that builds upon itself, so it is always good to keep practicing on the computer. It is the Behrman House online website. Playing the games online is a good way to keep the vocabulary fresh.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
2/25 –
1) We went more in depth in our study of the Aleinu. This is one of several prayers that the students recite every month during prayer time with the rabbi. Our class will be responsible for leading prayer before the end of the school year. They are making great progress in their fluency.
2) Ask your student if they remember what we do at one point in the Aleinu. Also, ask what is the LORD called. He is the “what of whats”?
Homework to be completed by next class:
2/25 –
1) Hebrew is a language that builds upon itself, so it is always good to keep practicing on the computer. It is the Behrman House online website. I have noticed that there has been a drop off in computer use. Even playing the games online is a good way to keep the vocabulary fresh.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
2/18 –
1) We read through three important prayers: the V’ahavta, the Kaddish, and the Aleinu. This was more reading skill practice, and really good practice for getting used to how the Shewa is used. I asked the students to identify words, like eretz, adamah, melech, etc…The students seemed to make a breakthrough on understanding how the Shewa is used.
2) I am proud of their progress. Ask your student what is linguistically interesting about the Kaddish.
Homework to be completed by next class:
2/18 – Hebrew is a language that builds upon itself, so it is always good to keep practicing on the computer. It is the Berhman House online website.

 

 

Today in class we worked on: 
2/11 –
1) The class started to read the first chapter of the Book of Esther. This is to help the students become more familiar with Hebrew scripture reading. Those b’nai mitzvot are coming. The Book of Esther is not a particularly long, nor difficult book. I was, once again, very pleased with the reading I heard from the students. They were able to pick out words they knew, like melek for king, and malkah for queen.
2) Ask your student if they remember what makes the Book of Esther different than all of the other ketuvim in the Bible.
Homework to be completed by next class:
2/11 –
1) Your student should continue work on the computer lessons for chapter 10. They do not have to finish, since this is a longer, more complicated chapter. It is a good idea for them to keep up to date with the computer lessons. Hebrew is a language that builds upon itself, so it is always good to keep practicing. It is the Berhman House online website.

 

 

Today in class we worked on: 
2/4 –
1) The class continued their work on chapter 10, which is about the Shema. They learned about the shoresh/root of the word Shema, and what it means. They also learned about where the words come from, and why this prayer is so important. They accomplished a lot of good reading practice.
2) They learned the difference between a prayer and a blessing. Ask your student what the difference is? They also learned to identify which blessing goes with which specific occasion.
Homework to be completed by next class:
2/4 – 
1) Your student should start work on the computer lessons for chapter 10. They do not have to finish, since this is a longer, more complicated chapter.
2) It is a good idea for them to keep up to date with the computer lessons. Hebrew is a language that builds upon itself, so it is always good to keep practicing. It is the Berhman House online website.

 

 

Today in class we worked on: 
1/28 –
1) The class started work on chapter 10, which is about the Shema. They learned about the shoresh/root of the word Shema, and what it means. They also learned about where the words come from, and why this prayer is so important. They also learned about the word El, which is a Hebrew word for god/G-d. The divine names show up in several words.
2)  Ask your student if they remember which prayer is said along with the Shema. (It’s the ve’ahavta.)
Homework to be completed by next class:
1/28 –
1) Your student should start work on the computer lessons for chapter 10. They do not have to finish, since this is a longer, more complicated chapter.
2) It is a good idea for them to keep up to date with the computer lessons. Hebrew is a language that builds upon itself, so it is always good to keep practicing. It is the Berhman House online website.

 

Today in class we worked on:
1/21 –
1) Today we finished the chapter on the Birkat Hamazon. This is the blessing said after eating a meal. The students should be champing at the bit next week for pizza dinner. I hope they belt out this blessing after the meal.
2) There was a lot of good Hebrew reading, once the class settled down. I was impressed by hoe many students remembered the word כל is pronounced kol, and not kal.
3) As always, encourage your student to keep up with the computer part of the lessons. There is never anything lost by studying.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
1/14 –
1) Today we started to go into depth on the meaning behind the first part of the Birkat Hamazon. This is the blessing said after eating a meal. Some of the students know how to sing this from their Jewish overnightcamp, or pizza dinner. However, they may not know the meaning behind the words, or why this is recited after the meal as opposed to before it. Ask your student if they can remember the Hebrew words for food, good, and all. 
2) The students all took turns reading lines from the blessing. I heard some very nice reading. As I have said before, the more reading your child does, the more confident they become in Hebrew/Ivrit. I have been so pleased at watching their progress.
3) As always, encourage your student to keep up with the computer part of the lessons. There is never anything lost by studying.

 

Today in class we worked on:
1/7 –
1) Welcome back! ברוך החזרה!
2) Today we had a lesson about the next upcoming holiday, Tu B’Shevat. (טו בשבט), or the new year for the trees. We learned that the trees pray for rain, sun, and abundant, good fruit.
3) The students all did some very nice reading. The reading were stories about this holiday. The more reading your child does, the more confident they become in Hebrew/Ivrit. I have been so pleased at watching the progress.
4) As always, encourage your student to keep up with the computer part of the lessons. There is never anything lost by studying.

 

Today in class we worked on:
12/17 –
1) Having finished the Chanukkah section of chapter 7, in our sefer, last week, the students had three shorts stories to read. They were about Chanukkah. The students read very well.
2) After the practice, the class divided into two groups to play Driedel. Each student received four coins, and cardboard coins. It was fun to watch them having such a good time.
3) School ended with the monthly pizza dinner.
4) Today was loud and fun, the way a holiday ( חג)  should be.
5) As always, encourage your student to keep up with the computer part of the lessons. There is never anything lost by studying.
Homework to be completed by next class:
12/17 – Enjoy your winter vacation, whether away, or at home.

 

Today in class we worked on:
12/10 –
1) The students had their 2nd aleph-bet assessment this semester
2)  and a separate assessment on what they have retained from the past few weeks. It’s nice to know the students are listening.
3) We finished the Chanukkah section of chapter 7 in our seferim. We talked about the meaning behind the letters on the dreidel. Ask you student if they remember, and if they remember which letter is different on an Israeli dreidel.
4) It was a very nice class today.
Homework to be completed by next class:
12/10 –
1) As always, encourage your student to keep up with the computer part of the lessons. There is never anything lost by studying.

 

Today in class we worked on:
12/3 –
1) Today was a really nice day of learning. 
2) We began working on chapter 7. This chapter is about the b’rachot for holidays, like Succot, Rosh Hashanah, and chanukkah. These blessings still use the word formula we have learned about. Ask your student if they remember these words. We also introduced the root for listen.
3) The session ended in all school t’ffilot with the rabbi.
Homework to be completed by next class:
12/3 –
1) Computers are your friends.  Your student should work on the computer lessons for chapter up through chapter 6. It is a good idea for them to keep up to date with the computer lessons. Hebrew is a language that builds upon itself, so it is always good to keep practicing. It is the Berhman House online website. https://www.behrmanhouse.com/bholc

 

Today in class we worked on:
11/19 –
1) today was another great day of learning. 
2) We worked on a review packet. The packet was about the extended Kiddush. The Kiddush has two root words that are used in different ways. Ask your student if they remember the roots for Remember and Holy.
3) We also have a review for the use of schewa.
Homework to be completed by next class:
11/19 –
1) Your student should work on the computer lessons for chapter up through chapter 6.
2) It is a good idea for them to keep up to date with the computer lessons. Hebrew is a language that builds upon itself, so it is always good to keep practicing. It is the Berhman House online website.
3) Have a wonderful Thanksgiving break. See you in December!

 

Today in class we worked on:
11/5 –
1) Today was a great day of learning. 
2) We worked on and completed chapter 5 in our seferrim (books). The chapter is about the extended Kiddush, and how this blessing starts, also, with a formula. The Kiddush has two root words that are used in different ways. Ask your student if they remember the roots for Remember and Holy.
3) The class is to pick a charity for their Tzedakah. Let’s get the holy act of tzedakah going. Every little bit counts.
Homework to be completed by next class:
11/5 –
1) Your student should work on the computer lessons for chapter 5. It is a good idea for them to keep up to date with the computer lessons. Hebrew is a language that builds upon itself, so it is always good to keep practicing. It is the Berhman House online website.
2)  Please make sure your student has a dedicated Hebrew school folder. This is to keep their homework neat, safe, and easily retrieved. A pencil is required as well.

 

Today in class we worked on:
10/29 –
1) We worked on the second half of chapter 4 in our sefer (Book). The chapter is about the blessings and rituals for Shabbat, and how these blessing starts. They also have a formula. Ask your student about Shabbat blessing formula. Once again, a hint is it a blessing starts with Baruch.
2) Ask your child if they remember the Hebrew word for root. We have been discovering how most words in Hebrew have a root on which they build words off of. The roots this week were for the word holy, and peace. Ask your student whether they remember these root words.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/29 –
1) Your student should complete the computer lessons for chapter 4. Try to encourage you student to complete chapters 1-3, as well. Hebrew is a language that builds upon itself, so it is always good to keep practicing. It is the Berhman House online website.
2) There are three pages of homework to be completed by next Tuesday. They should not be too difficult, as these students are extremely bright. We will go over the work next week.
3) Please make sure your student brings his/her dedicated Hebrew school folder. This is to keep their homework neat, safe, and easily retrieved. A pencil is required as well.

 

Today in class we worked on:
10/22 –
1) We started with a school-wide quiz on the Aleph-Bet, and vowel sounds.
2) In addition, we worked on the first half of chapter 4 in our sefers. The chapter is about the blessings for Shabbat, and how these blessing start, also, with a formula. Ask your student about the three blessings we read about today. The hints are: what is used on Shabbat.
3) Chapter 4 deals with why we celebrate Shabbat. We read the very beginning of Genesis, (1-2.4) in English, to understand the order in which Creation took place, and why the seventh day is holy.
4) The class ended with the monthly Tefillah with Rabbi Prass.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/22 – 
1) Your student has two pages of homework to be completed by next Tuesday.
2) In addition, your student should work on the computer lessons for chapter 3. It is a good idea for them to try lessons 1 and 2 to see how much they remember. Hebrew is a language that builds upon itself, so it is always good to keep practicing. It is the Berhman House online website.
3) *Please make sure your student has a dedicated Hebrew school folder. This is to keep their homework neat, safe, and easily retrieved. A pencil is required as well.*

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
10/15 –
1) We worked on learning how to pronounce a cholem vav as either a v sound, or an o sound. I sent home two papers that have an explanation, and practice. Hebrew has markings and grammar rules that can seem difficult at first, but these students are bright. They’re catching on. Ask your child if they remember the differences between a bet with a dagesh (little dot in the middle). When does the dagesh represent a B sound, or when does it represent a doubling of the letter.
2) We had our first pizza dinner
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/15 – 
1) We started Chapter Four, but no online work is required yet.
2) Your student should work on the computer lessons for chapter 3. It is a good idea for them to try lessons 1 and 2 to see how much they remember. Hebrew is a language that builds upon itself, so it is always good to keep practicing. It is the Berhman House online website.
3) Please make sure your student has a dedicated Hebrew school folder. This is to keep their homework neat, safe, and easily retrieved. A pencil is required as well.
4) A friendly FYI: We collect tzedakah on Tuesday, as well.

 

Today in class we worked on:
10/1 – We worked on the second half of chapter 3 in our sefer (book). The chapter is about the blessings for mitzvot, and how this blessing starts, also, with a formula. Ask your student about the out the ten word blessing formula. Once again, a hint is a blessing starts with Baruch.
Ask your child if they remember the Hebrew word for root. We have been discovering how most words in Hebrew have a root on which they build words off of. The root last week was for holy. This week the root word was for blessing. Ask your student whether they remember this Hebrew word for “root.”
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/1 – Your student should work on the computer lessons for chapter 3. It is a good idea for them to try lessons 1 and 2 to see how much they remember. Hebrew is a language that builds upon itself, so it is always good to keep practicing. It is the Berhman House online website.
 Please make sure your student has a dedicated Hebrew school folder. This is to keep their homework neat, safe, and easily retrieved. A pencil is required as well.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
9/17 –
1) We worked on chapter 2 in our sefer. The chapter is about the blessings, and how each blessing starts with a formula. Ask your student to recite a blessing, (it could be for wine, bread, etc…) and to point out the blessing formula. A hint is it a blessing starts with Baruch.
2) Ask your child if they remember the root/shoresh of the word blessing.
Homework to be completed by next class:
9/17 – Your student has three pages of homework. It is review of what we learned today. Please make sure your student has a dedicated Hebrew school folder. This is to keep their homework neat, safe, and easily retrieved.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
9/11 –
1) We got to introduce ourselves by saying our name with the Hebrew word for I.
2) We reviewed some basics about the Hebrew language, such as pronouns for I, He, and She.
3) We touched, briefly, on the BeGaDKaPhaT letters, and telling the difference between a change in pronunciation, and doubling. Ask your child what they can tell you about this.
4) We started, and finished chapter one, about the Modeh/ Modah Ahni in our Sefer. Ask your child what this prayer is about.
Homework to be completed by next class:
9/11 – Two pages from the supplementary text. It’s just review to keep the ideas fresh.