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18 Sep

Seeing as how we only have one day of school this week we decided to make it a very special day… filled with Rosh Hashanah crafts, snacks, and fun!!!!
 
We began our day with one of moral Miriam’s classic role plays explaining this week’s parsha, Parshat Ha’Azinu. 
This week, we watched the Haazinu godcast.  We did 4 brief role plays — for Haazinu, as well as each day of Rosh Hashana and the First Day Rosh Hashana Haftara.  The parts that the children acted out: God, Moshe, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac and Hannah.  For Haazinu, each child who brought in a poem had a chance to role play that they were Moshe and read their poem to the entire assembly (Keshet).  The reason is that most of Haazinu is a long poem, recited by Moshe. We chanted “Haazinu” (“give me your ears” — the name of this week’s parsha) before each poem.  The children also saw how this parsha looks very different in the Torah scroll due to its poetic structure.  First day Rosh Hashana: we acted out the birth of Isaac, and what his names means.  Second day Rosh Hashana:   We focused on the “Hineni” part of the Sacrifice of Isaac story, and how we can step up and respond to even the most difficult of challenges without hiding from or evading them.  First day Haftara: we focused on the fervent nature of Hannah’s prayer in the Haftara.  We played Shimon Omer with Rosh Hashana commands — blow the shofar, dip apple in honey, pray, say sorry, forgive, recite kiddush, recite hamotzi, pretend you are a D’vora (bee), etc.   All in all, we fit a lot in — considering it is a one-day week! Shana Tova
Vocabulary: eagle   נשר  oil   שֶׁמֶן  milk   חָלָב  ear   אֹזֶן borders   גְּבוּל
Then Morah Danit helped us create the best, buzzing, bumble bee head bands! Children pieced together their bees and then added them to a headband…and let me tell you, we typically run from bees, but these were the cutest bees we have ever seen!!!! Ask your children how to say bee in hebrew. (דבורה)
 
Upon our return to the classroom each child was able to create their very own honey jar! With tissue paper, a little glue and lots of mode podge, the children are excited to display these beautiful jars on your Rosh Hashanah tables! Ask your child how to say apples and honey in Hebrew. (תפוח בדבש)
 
From here we went outside (wearing our Bee headbands) for a very special treat. A bee keeper!!!! Aviva Weiner’s (8th grade) uncle Stuart, came to us with his bees and to share with us how bees live, and the process of how honey is made.
We learned…
* queen bees do not like light
* parts of the hive…
 – bottom board
 – boxes with frames (plastic and wooden) with hexagons to show the bees where       
   to make honey.
 – inner cover (with a hole so bees can stay cooler)
 – outer cover (with aluminum top so rain stays out and the bees stay dry)
* once the box is full with bees another box is added to the top. The queen is
   added to the hive along with the bees in the feeder box.    
* bees can smell the queen.
* after two months there are about 60,000 bees in the two boxes and they are 
   ready to make honey.
 – now the super boxes are added – smaller than the bottom boxes – this is where 
   the honey is made.
* bees can store about 35 pounds of honey in the “Super” – once one is filled 
   another will be added and continue as necessary. 
* bees have a nectar sac where the nectar from flowers are stored with 
   “invertase”. When they come back to the hive where they regurgitate the 
   nectar to another bee. 
* the smoker is used to calm the bees. The pitch of the bees buzzing raises a bit 
   and they communicate that they detect smoke. They then fill up their nectar  
   sacs. This occupies them and the smoke also masks the attack pheromone so 
   they don’t attack. 
* male bees are called drones so all of the bees in the hive are the worker bees 
   and queen bee.
* 4 stages of the honey bee are: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. 
After all of this fun…there was still more!!!!!
Upon returning from recess and lunch children entered the classroom see more fun crafts set up on the table. Each child got to make their very own shofar…and yes it makes noise (sorry parents ) Prior to decorating their shofarot each child practiced writing the word shofar in English and Hebrew. 
 
What’s a day in Keshet without some tasty treats??? Morah Beth brought in a variety of apples to taste. We observed each type of apple, noted the differences and then dug in for a taste! Each child had the chance to taste each type of apple and then graph (bar and tally graphs) their favorite!
Thank you, and שנה טובה ומתוקה!!
 
❤
Morah Beth and Morah Miriam

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