The sixth graders continue to perfect their correct pronunciation of the various vowel sounds and worked on their Hebrew reading today. In small groups, they worked on their reading and identifying the vowels as they worked. They also began discussing Tu B'Shevat to prepare for next week's activity.
Third and Fourth grader read individually and sang the Modeh/Modah Ani and practiced reading the Shema. They used a special silly trick on the Shema to ensure they were reading properly... reading it backwards! By doing this, students focused on reading each word rather than reciting it from memory! In connection with Tu B'Shevat, the students heard the story of the Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. Students began designing their own "Mitzvah Tree" which will be homework to complete for Wednesday. Students should also practice the Shema, Modeh/Modah Ani, the days of the week and numbers.
The fifth graders focused on root words and identified roots in prayers that they have read before. Mr. Singer also talked about traveling to Israel and why Israel is so important to the Jewish people. Part of the reason why Mr. Singer brought up Israel today is because today will be his last day at TBTRS. He recently found out that he will be completing a semester abroad in Israel. The students were saddened to hear about his departure, but wished him well in his travels. Former fifth grade teacher, Jill Kahrimanis will take over the fifth grade as of this coming Wednesday. If you have any questions regarding this staffing change, please don't hesitate to contact me.
-Miss Nancy Kahrimanis