Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Chilly Wednesday, but it was warm and fun inside!

Though it was in teens outside, we were warm and working hard in Religious School!  The seventh graders started their day with Tefilah.  They read the Kedusha in their Prayer Companion books, learning roots and identifying words.  They also continued watching the movie, Escape from Sobibor.

Our sixth graders continued to work on the vowels and their various sounds, learning exceptions and identifying different vowel sounds as they practiced reading the prayers they have been working on in class.  Students reviewed these playing a game where they rose from their seats or sat back down depending on which vowel sound was read.  Students also listened to the story, "Yom Kippur" from All of a Kind Family to discuss traditions and learn more about Jews living in the United States, specifically the Lower East Side of New York, in the early 20th Century.

Fifth graders got to spend their first day with their new teacher, Jill Kahrimanis!  The other Miss K reviewed her expectations for class.  For example, students will earn points towards fun activities by participating, attending services, asking good questions, and being creative during class activities.  As far as Hebrew, the students reviewed roots from the previous class, began working on the V'Ahavtah and talked about the Hebrew/Jewish calendar.  They also began to plan for their creative Tu B'Shevat craft.  Students should wear clothes that they don't mind getting a little messy as they will be painting on Sunday.  Tonight's homework is to draw their version of the "Perfect Temple/Synagogue."  It should be labelled and colored.

The fourth and third graders continued to work on their Mitzvah trees.  Students were creative in their designs, sharing common elements, but each bringing their own spin to the drawings.  I saw grapes and apples, words and names, homes and books on their Mitzvah trees.  Students also read about Tu B'Shevat, practiced their Hebrew and visited the library at the end of the day!  It was a busy time for our third and fourth graders!

See you Sunday when we celebrate Tu B'Shevat!

-Miss Nancy Kahrimanis

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