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16 Sep

It’s the third week of school and we are going STRONG!!!! The Keshet class has been split into two groups for some of their activities. Because we do not separate children by grade Morah Miriam and I came up with the names for the two groups. Things 1 and Things 2! (and yes we do find ourselves amusing 😁 )

We would like to say a huge todah raba to Elona Logue (an Ezra parent) for redoing our terrarium. It looks absolutely amazing filled with beautiful flowers and a variety of new plants for us to observe. 

This week during Tefillah the children continued with the 
Modeh Ani, 

מוֹדֶה אֲנִי לְפָנֶיךָ מֶלֶךְ חַי וְקַיָּם, שֶׁהֶחֱזַרְתָּ בִּי נִשְׁמָתִי בְּחֶמְלָה. רַבָּה אֱמוּנָתֶךָ.

Modeh anee lefanecha melech chai vekayam, she-he-chezarta bee nishmatee b’chemla, raba emunatecha. (Click here for audio of a Modeh Ani song.)

I offer thanks to You, living and eternal King, for You have mercifully restored my soul within me; Your faithfulness is great.

Ma Tovu

מַה טֹּבוּ אֹהָלֶיךָ, יַעֲקֹב; מִשְׁכְּנֹתֶיךָ, יִשְׂרָאֵל. (1

וַאֲנִי בְּרב חַסְדְּךָ אָבא בֵיתֶךָ אֶשְׁתַּחֲוֶה אֶל הֵיכַל קָדְשְׁךָ בְּיִרְאָתֶךָ. (2 

3) .ה׳ אָהַבְתִּי מְעון בֵּיתֶךָ וּמְקום מִשְׁכַּן כְּבודֶךָ

וַאֲנִי אֶשְׁתַּחֲוֶה וְאֶכְרָעָה אֶבְרְכָה לִפְנֵי ה׳ עשִׂי. (4 

5) וַאֲנִי תְפִלָּתִי לְךָ ה׳ עֵת רָצוֹן אֱלֹהִים בְּרָב חַסְדֶּךָ עֲנֵנִי בֶּאֱמֶת יִשְׁעֶךָ

How great are your tents, O Jacob, your dwelling places, O Israel!
As for me, through Your abundant grace, I enter your house to worship with awe in Your sacred place.
O Lord, I love the House where you dwell, and the place where your glory tabernacles.
I shall prostrate myself and bow; I shall kneel before the Lord my Maker.
To You, Eternal One, goes my prayer: may this be a time of your favor. In Your abundant love, O God, answer me with the Truth of Your salvation.

 (Birkot Hashchar) ברכות השחר‎‎ are continuing to be added in and discussed. This week we have been practicing the first 5 brachot.

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, הַנּוֹתֵן לַשֶּֽׂכְוִי בִינָה

לְהַבְחִין בֵּין יוֹם וּבֵין לָֽיְלָה.

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, פּוֹקֵֽחַ עִוְרִים.

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, מַתִּיר אֲסוּרִים.

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, זוֹקֵף כְּפוּפִים.

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, מַלְבִּישׁ עֲרֻמִּים.

Blessed are You, Lord our God, Soverign of the Universe,  who gives the rooster understanding to distinguish between day and night.

Blessed are You, Lord our God, Soverign of the Universe, who opens the eyes of the blind.

Blessed are You, Lord our God, Sovereign of the Universe, who releases the bound.

Blessed are You, Lord our God, Sovereign of the Universe, who straightens the bowed.

Blessed are You, Lord our God, Sovereign of the Universe, who clothes the naked.

Hebrew MIDI
Sh’ma Yisra’eil Adonai Eloheinu Adonai echad.
Hear, Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One. 
In an undertone:
Barukh sheim k’vod malkhuto l’olam va’ed.
Blessed be the Name of His glorious kingdom for ever and ever. 
V’ahav’ta eit Adonai Elohekha b’khol l’vav’kha uv’khol naf’sh’kha uv’khol m’odekha.
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 
V’hayu had’varim ha’eileh asher anokhi m’tzav’kha hayom al l’vavekha.
And these words that I command you today shall be in your heart. 
V’shinan’tam l’vanekha v’dibar’ta bam
And you shall teach them diligently to your children, and you shall speak of them 
b’shiv’t’kha b’veitekha uv’lekh’t’kha vaderekh uv’shakh’b’kha uv’kumekha
when you sit at home, and when you walk along the way, and when you lie down and when you rise up. 
Uk’shar’tam l’ot al yadekha v’hayu l’totafot bein einekha.
And you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be for frontlets between your eyes. 
Ukh’tav’tam al m’zuzot beitekha uvish’arekha.
And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates
the Barchu
בָּרְכוּ אֶת יְיָ הַמְבֹרָךְ! בָּרוּךְ יְיָ הַמְבֹרָךְ לְעוֹלָם וָעֶד
Praise Adonai to whom our praise is due forever! Praised be Adonai to whom praise is due, now and forever!
Hallelyah. Hallelu El Bekodsho Halleluhu Birkia Uzo Helleluhu Bigvurotav Helleluhu Kerov Gudlo. Halleluhu Beteika Shofar Halleluhu Beneivel Vechinor. Helleluhu Betoph U’Machol Halleluhu Beminim Veugav. Helleluhu Betziltzilei Shama Halleluhu Betziltzilei Teruah. Kol Haneshama Tehallel Yah Halleluyah
הללוי-ה הללו א-ל בקדשו הללוהו ברקיע עזו הללוהו בגבורתיו הללוהו כרב גדלו. הללוהו בתקע שופר הללוהו בנבל וכינור. הללוהו בתף ומחול הללוהו במינם ועגו. הללוהו בצלצלי שמע הללוהו בצלצלי תרועה. כל הנשמה תהלל י-ה הללוי-ה


Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in the firmament of His power.
Praise Him for His mighty acts; praise Him according to His abundant greatness.
Praise Him with the blast of the horn; praise Him with the psaltery and harp.
Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; praise Him with stringed instruments and the pipe.
Praise Him with the loud-sounding cymbals; praise Him with the clanging cymbals.
Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord.
Tefillah is ended with an energetic version of Oseh Shalom

עֹשֶׂה שָׁלוֹם בִּמְרוֹמָיו, הוּא יַעֲשֶׂה שָׁלוֹם עָלֵיֽנוּ וְעַל כָּל יִשְׂרָאֵל, וְאִמְרוּ : אָמֵן.

May the One who causes peace to reign in the high heavens let peace descent on us and on all Israel, and let us say: Amen. 

During Circle time, we are continuing to review and learn about the calendar (days, months, date, year, weather) in both English and Hebrew. Songs are sung, graphs and tally charts are being taught in order to keep track of the month’s weather.

On Monday morning the class began with a review of the Parsha and  what we have studie thus far. This week’s Parsha, Ki Teitze, Deut. 21:10 – 25:19 has many mitzvot — 74.  We concentrated on 5 of them this week: a boss must pay workers promptly; always use fair and honest weights; be kind to animals — if you have to take baby chicks, wait till the mother bird is gone; always make great efforts to return lost objects; remember Amalek — and learn from his example to behave in the opposite way — be especially careful to behave nicely towards the sick, the elderly and the disabled.  We read books: Make Way for Ducklings, Found,  Madeline to the Rescue, Madeline and the Bad Hat, and Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch.   We explained the connection between each of these books and the Parsha.  We did an art project incorporating pictures and words, connected to each of these 5 verses.   
Hebrew vocabulary surrounds the children each day. Terms such as na-la-koom (stand up), la-shevet (sit down), lo la-rutz (no running 😉) , la-lechet (walk), shatiach (carpet)… In order to help with the body parts the children like to take turns leading the game of “Shimon Omer”  better known to some as Simon Says. Words such as rosh (head), been (stomach), yadiam(hands), raglaym (legs), ktafaim (shoulders), anayim (eyes), peh (mouth), oznayim (ears) and af (nose). Noga introduced us to a new word, lechayayim (cheeks). It was very interesting for Morah Beth to try and spell this as well as remember it ☺ The children also sang a song about Eliezar Ben Yehudi, the founder of modern Hebrew) Children listened to this song as they learned their first list of Hebrew words. 
Shanah – שָׁנָא – Changed
Tova – טוֹב  Good
Ani – אני – I
Omer/Omeret – אֹ֫מֶר – to say
Chaim – חַיִּים life
Things 2 used the Ariot program and with the smart board were able to identify characters from stories they have read in Hebrew. 
Both groups, “Things1 and Things 2” have begun their math programs. Things 1 have begun with matching and sorting, while Things 2 are working on a review of numbers 0-10, equal groups, more than and less than. 
Handwriting and Phonics are continuing at a developmentally appropriate pace for each child. In addition to this, children in the Things 2 group have been given their first list of spelling words. This week we are focusing on short /a/ words. After a variety of spelling activities children were given a spelling “quiz” on Friday. It is at this time they should be able to correctly incorporate these words into their writing. Not all children are receiving spelling words,as it would not be appropriate for everyone. The children in the Things 1 group are being exposed to sight words. This weeks  words were /the/ ,/is/, /it/, and /to/. 
With the approach of Ha Mishpacha Sheli we have been sharing some of our favorite family memories, as well as practicing our songs, and poem. Special stories have been read that talk about the different types of families. We have also been talking about what different families look like and how each of our families look very different yet we still have one thing in common. LOVE!!!! We read the book Love is a Family by Roma Downey. This is a story that takes about the many different types of families we see. This opened a wonderful dialog where children were able to share what each of their families look like. 
This week in Open Circle we talked about NON-NEGOTIABLE rules. These are rules that the children know will not change and are not up for discussion. The four rules we came up with are…
1. No hurting others.
2. No teasing or insulting others. 
3. No interrupting
4. Do Not leave the room without asking a teacher. 
We also took some time to get to know each other with a “stand-up/sit-down” activity. Ask your children who in the class likes broccoli, ice-cream, who has siblings,who has pets, and if they can remember anything else they learned about their friends. 
We have also begun to talk about Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. A wonderful book was read called, The Hardest Word by Jacqueline Jules. The Ziz in in search of the hardest word after he has done something he feels badly about. It was a long search but he was finally able to find the hardest word, “Sorry”. We talked about how this can be a very difficult word to say but that it is also a very important word to be able to say. 
Our fabulous emissaries, Raz and Yotam, came to us this week with a fun and very gluey activity! Each child was able to make a sign with their family names, for their front door to welcome others. They also sang a welcome song (Shalom Shalom) that included everyones name.(please see photo)  
We ended our week with a lovely Kabbalat Shabbat, where we sang songs, Lit the candles, made kiddish, and ate challah. The class has been introduced to the brachot that go along with these and will hopefully be able to share them with you at home. 
We wish you all a Shabbat Shalom!
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