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Latest Activity: Mar 24, 2013
I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Pesach. The children have been practicing the four questions in Hebrew and every one of them is able to chant them at your family seders.
After we cleaned the room of all hametz, the group brainstormed ideas for Pesach breakfasts, lunches, and snacks. If your children are anything like mine, this can be a challenge. Here is what they came up with:
Matzah Brie (fried matzah) , Yogurt (Dannon all natural lowfat vanilla is for Passover!), Fruit smoothies, Milk shakes, Matzah with butter, jam, or cream cheese, scrambled eggs, egg and cheese omelette, Fruit salad (yummy, yummy)
Salad, veggies, cheese, almonds, hard boiled eggs, matzah pizza, soup in a thermos, matzah meal rolls with deli meat, cold chicken, tuna, salmon, gefilte fish.
Snacks: peaches, apples, carrots,celery,juice, potato chips, ice cream, raisins, nuts,olives, Passover macaroons.
Remember, we do have school this Shabbat. A Pesach lunch will be served.
We have begun learning about Tu B'Sh'vat. We realized that our calendar has been "green" long before it was popular. We visited TooBee, our tree in the foyer,and decorated it with informational facts about upcoming holiday.We spent some time appreciating the leaves and all the cool things that trees contribute to the planet. Check it out.In celebration of Tu B'Sh'vat out class will be having a seder on Tuesday January 22nd. The children choose the fruits they would like to bring in. If you can not find something at the store, you may substitute. Please make sure the fruit is either whole (uncut) or there is a kosher symbol on the package. Thanks.
Gillian- one pommegranite
Inbal- 4 large apples
Kaitlyn- one small watermelon or one mango
Ilyssa-one can sliced peaches or 3 fresh
Jacob S- 4 bananas
Jacob R- 1 small container fresh strawberries
Lauren- 1 package fig newtons
Caleb- 3 oranges or two starfruit
If you choose to substitute for something else suggestions include: raisins, carob, dates, coconut, cantaloupe, dried cranberries, grapes.
It was so wonderful to see so many of the children on last Shabbat. We were so busy and had a great morning. We continued our work on the calendar. Since we have not been at school for a while we got to practice counting all the way up to the number 18. Jacob showed the group the formula for saying numbers after ten. After we davened with the congregation, we came back to the room to work on some of the prayers. We can now read, chant, and bow appropriately for the Barchu prayer. We have now begun to work on an other prayer, Mah Tovu. Each one of the words from the prayer was written on a puzzle piece. After we read the words correctly, we turned the words over to solve the puzzle. We discovered the puzzle was a picture of Abraham and his tent. This lead us into our parsha of the week. We talked about Abraham inviting guests into his tent, and how he made them feel welcomed. We then built our own popsicle stick tents and talked about how we would make guests feel welcomed. Sarah and I were thrilled to hear what the groups said about their "hotel tents". We would have felt very welcomed in all of them.
Reminder, there is no school this Tuesday because the Canton schools are not in session and there is no school this coming weekend due to Veteran's Day. We will see you again on November 13th.
We are continuing to work on our reading skills. We are working on reading with ease, the prayer Barchu. Since we do not have school this weekend, please have your child read the barchu prayer that was sent home with him/her. The goal is to read, not chant, the entire prayer without any mistakes. They were doing well, but we would like to hear it read with more confidence and ease.
In our parsha studies, we talked about Noah's Ark. We created the animals of the ark out of clay and put "gopher wood and hickory bark" on our ark, just like Noah did. We discussed the importance of making good choices and how kindness and generosity are important values.
I hope everyone is enjoying Sukkot, It was so wonderful to see everyone last Shabbat. I really enjoyed davening with many parents as well as the children. On Shabbat, we welcomed Kitah Bet into our class. Every Shabbat, kitah bet, gimel and dalet will be together as a group. After the children left services, Sarah and I taught the group the blessings for entering the sukkah and for the lulav. We took a nature walk outside and found grape vines, maple trees, and willow. Mrs. Langmead showed the class where she used to hunt for tadpoles when she was in kindergarten and where she played on the temple's swing set back in the seventies. We ended our tour in the sukkah, where we practiced our tefillot that we had just learned. We then went inside and made decorations for the community sukkah at Jacob R.'s house. Hopefully, many of you will see the decorations we made when you go to Pizza in the Hut this coming Shabbat. We also talked about this week's parsha. One of the themes was admitting when you make a mistake and correcting mistakes. We played pick up sticks in small groups. If you moved the sticks, you had to admit your mistake and then correct yourself. We had a lot of fun.
A few reminders, We do have class this Shabbat. As soon as you enter the building, please join us in the sanctuary. Please remind your child, both the girls and the boys, to either bring a kippah from home or take one from my desk in the classroom. If you are staying for the morning, we will meet you again for our kiddush lunch at 12. If you are not staying, please come in the building to pick up your child. Thank you.
Today, we talked about repentance and the importance of self improvement. We studied the Al Chet prayer that we recite at the Yom Kippur service. We then put on our thinking hats to come up with our personal thoughts for Al Chet. We wrote our ideas on paper and illustrated them. This year we hope that we will fight less with our brothers and sisters, listen more to our parents, be kinder to our pets, and many more. You can see what the group came up with as we hung up our pictures in the room.
A few reminders. Next week, we have class on Shabbat. When your child enters the building, he/she may hang up his/her jacket in our room and then go directly into the sanctuary at 9:30.We hope that you are joining us for services, however if you are not able, please make sure your child sits with me or Sarah so we can help with the navigation of the siddur. We will daven as a group then go back to our class to learn about the parsha of the week and learn a bit about Sukkot.
Have an easy fast.
Shalom! Mrs. Langmead and I had a great first day with our class! It was nice to see smiling faces walk into the room. We began by joining with the rest of the school in the sanctuary for Tefillah. What lovely voices we have! After some introductions, we established some ground rules for our class and discussed the upcoming holiday of Rosh Hashanah. We talked about some symbols and some customs including the idea of Teshuvah (returning, and making good of our mistakes). We read the book "The Hardest Word" to demonstrate how difficult is can be to say 'sorry'. Finally we put on our creative hats and made apples and honey plates that can be used at your Rosh Hashanah tables.
We wish you all a healthy Shanah Tova!
Hello Kitah Dalet Parents,
Morah Sarah and I are looking forward to seeing your child today. A few reminders about today. We will have class in the same room as last year. If your child arrives before 3:30, Kosher Korner will be open with a variety of snack foods, juices, and bottled water. If your child will be arriving close to or after 3:30, please try to give them a snack before coming to class. Also, please note that there has been a time change this year. We will be ending on Tuesdays at 5:30. We look forward to getting to know your child and watching them strengthen their Hebrew reading and tefillot skills. Shanah Tovah.
We went to the Kotel today. We sat in front of the computer screen and watched the live cams at the Kotel in Jerusalem. We have been learning about the wall for the past few weeks. The group even wrote their own prayers for our homemade wall that is now hanging outside our classroom. The children loved watching the people. We saw old people, babies, very religious people and a few youth groups at the wall. Since we were online, the group played on one of my favorite websites: www.zigzagworld.com. On this website, we had to read words in Hebrew and then we clicked on them to find out their meaning. The group had a lot of fun and giggled a lot as they tried to guess what the Hebrew words meant. We also traveled to Galilee in our book as we learned about the artist quarter of Safed and beaches of this area.
I think the highlight of the day was when Mrs. Shain came in with a cookie cake as our reward for donating the most cans of macaroons to the Family Table, Thank you to you for helping us out with this, the children could not have done this without your help.
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