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30 Sep

Our 5th week of school and a masterful presentation by the Keshet class! We are SO incredibly proud of the hard work and amazing outcome. We would like to thank all of the families who came to share in this joyous event with us! Keep an eye out for the video…coming soon!!!!
 
Morning Meeting continues to occur fist thing each morning. Calendar skills (month, day, date, and year) as well as the weather report from the week’s Weather Watcher is given in both Hebrew and English. Weather is being tracked with a tally chart as well as a bar graph. We have also been keeping track of the number of days we have been in school. We are up to 24! Children are being introduced to place value (how many tens, how many ones are in this number), one more/less than and ten more/less than at this time. 
 
During Tefillah the children continued with the 
Modeh Ani, 
מוֹדֶה אֲנִי לְפָנֶיךָ מֶלֶךְ חַי וְקַיָּם, שֶׁהֶחֱזַרְתָּ בִּי נִשְׁמָתִי בְּחֶמְלָה. רַבָּה אֱמוּנָתֶ

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.

Baruch atah Adonai,

Blessed are You Hashem,

Eloheinu melech ha-olam,

our Elohim, Sovereign of the universe,

asher natan lasechvi vinah

Who has given the rooster understanding

l’havchin bein yom uvein lailah.

to distinguish day from night.

Baruch atah Adonai,

Blessed are You Hashem,

Eloheinu melech ha-olam,

our Elohim, Sovereign of the universe,

pokei-ach ivrim.

Who opens the eyes of the blind.

Baruch atah Adonai,

Blessed are You Hashem,

Eloheinu melech ha-olam,

our Elohim, Sovereign of the universe,

matir asurim.

Who releases those who are bound.

Baruch atah Adonai,

Blessed are You Hashem,

Eloheinu melech ha-olam,

our Elohim, Sovereign of the universe,

zokeif k’fufim.

Who straightens those who are bent over.

Baruch atah Adonai,

Blessed are You Hashem,

Eloheinu melech ha-olam,

our Elohim, Sovereign of the universe,

malbish arumim.

Who clothes the naked.

Shemah
Hebrew MIDI
Sh’ma Yisra’eil Adonai Eloheinu Adonai echad.
Hear, Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One. 
In an undertone:
Hebrew
Barukh sheim k’vod malkhuto l’olam va’ed.
Blessed be the Name of His glorious kingdom for ever and ever. 
Hebrew
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. 
Hebrew
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. 
Hebrew
V’shinan’tam l’vanekha v’dibar’ta bam
And you shall teach them diligently to your children, and you shall speak of them 
Hebrew
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. 
Hebrew
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. 
Hebrew
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!
 
Hallelujah
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

Translation:

Hallelujah.
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.
Hallelujah.
 
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. 

We have been doing a great deal of reading. The Tale of Desperaux continues with Desperaux being brought before the mouse council. We have also begun our reading groups . Children are in groups of 2 to 4 children and take turns reading to the teacher, to each other and independently. Skills are also introduced to go along with each book ( from the Reading A-Z program). For example, this week cause and effect was taught to one group, while main idea and details were taught to another.

 
Handwriting and Phonics are continued regularly. Children are developing letter/sound recognition through songs and hand motions that help us remember the difference between short and long vowel sounds. Things 1 were introduced to new sight words this week. / he/, /she/, /has/, and /was/. Things 2 were given a new list of spelling words that focused on the short /o/ sound. They also spent time working on grammar skills. In addition to learning about what makes a complete sentence, they have begun to learn when to use upper case letters. The word I, names of people and pets, days of the week, and months of the year. 
 
This week in math the Things 1 are learning to identify, write and show numbers 1-10. Remembering to start the numbers from the top (just like letters), and using manipulatives to represent the digits helps children acquire a strong number sense that they can see and feel!
Things 2 continued with number bonds. Using pictures 
This week in Open Circle we talked about what a non-verbal signal is, when and why we use them. please ask your children to show you the signals for: please wait, quiet, good effort, may I use the bathroom, and may I get some water.
We also talked about giving and receiving compliments. Children were asked what they think a compliment is. We compared giving compliments to giving gifts. Just like when we get a gift we feel good or special. We also say “thank you”. We do the same for a compliment. Each child was given a chance to pay a compliment to a friend. A “thank you” followed by the receiver but it was clear by their smiles that they were thankful and felt good about what we said. 
 
This week’s Parsha Nitzavim, includes 3 major themes, among others, that we discussed: Teshuva (repentance), Choose Life, and that the Covenant between the Jews and God extends to and binds all of us to this day, and beyond today into the future.  I suggest you purchase this resource if you wish to follow along with us (in addition to a Humash I recommended earlier): 
My Weekly Sidrah introduces a full cycle of parashat ha-shavua to students in first through second grade. Each parashah includes a introduction, a series of exercises and a quote of the week. This full color book invites student creativity.

My Weekly Sidrah brings the rhythm of weekly Torah study into the lives of young children. Each parashah has a summary, a quote, a chance for the student to express his or her own comments, and age-appropriate activities. My Weekly Sidrah creates unique opportunities: the chance to help God finish creation, to help Noah pick the right animals, to stand with Abram as he tries to count the stars in the sky, and much more.

We did read the Nitzavim section from this volume, this week.
 
We also watched the godcast:
We listened to and watched the Fiddler on the Roof “To Life, To Life” here:
and talked about choosing Life and in general making good choices.
 
Another resource I use frequently is this: 
God’s Garden: Children’s Stories Grown from the Bible
Hebrew vocabulary continues to flow freely throughout the classroom. In addition to colors, body parts, days of the week, months of the year, numbers, and a variety of Hebrew songs, the children in Things 2 receive weekly spelling words. Previous words are as follows…
Year     שָׁנָה   good      טוֹב    me   אֲנִי    Say    אָמַר    Life    חַיִּים   Shofar   שׁוֹפָר   Apple   תַּפּוּחַ  honey  דְּבַשׁ   eat    אָכַל   water    מַיִם   water    שָׁטַף   drink   שָׁתָה   write   כָּתַב      sentence  מִשְׁפָּט   happy   שָׂמֵחַ   baby fish    דָּגִיג   fish     דָּג    ice cream  גְּלִידָה          teacher    מוֹרֶה    child     יֶלֶד
This week’s words include…
sun   שֶׁמֶשׁ – mountain     הַר – ball   כַּדּוּר – snow   שֶׁלֶג – to you   עליכם
We have been preparing for and learning about Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.  The children each decorated greeting cards that included the following relevant pictures and symbols: pomegranate, apple, honey, shofar, Tzedaka, round Challot, Mahzor, Jonah and the Whale, Slihot, Gmar Hatima Tova.  We have discussed and explained each item in English and Hebrew, especially regarding Tshuva.  The elements of Tshuva were explained and practiced: apologizing; making reparation or restitution; forgiving the other; and promising to never (or try to never) do the offending action again.   We sang and danced to the Rosh Hashana songs (see my playlist).  We watched Horton Hears a Who (regarding the need to listen for the  still small voice/unetanah tokef); and read The Boy who Stuck out his Tongue, Madeleine and the Bad Hat, The Hardest Word, National Geographic: Celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur;  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bz79JFl57rs&list=PLAWjXc_hSuGAv1DHLI1DRNzgchxVmuqrI&index=82 (Happy Birthday to the World);  Tashlich at Turtle Rock; New Year at the Pier; stories from the anthology Always Wear Clean Underwear;    and Sound the Shofar.  We watched several Shalom Sesame segments on Rosh Hashana (see my playlist).  We discussed the concept from the Rosh Hashana Torah reading: Hineni (Avraham’s response when God calls to him — Here I Am) and did an exercise to practice that; also what we can learn from the Prayer of Hannah in the Rosh Hashana Haftara.  We ate apples and honey with the proper brachot, and a pomegranate with the Shehehiyanu.  We learned about the Shehehiyanu, and watched this video:
 
We have learned and reviewed the following vocabulary: 
repentance   תְּשׁוּבָה
Charity    צְדָקָה – Prayer     תְּפִלָּה – Day of Remembrance    יום הזיכרון – Day of Judgment     יום הדין – Day of Teruah      יום      תְּרוּעָה      – Apologies    סליחות – Tashlich     תשליך – Machzor    מַחְזוֹר
Our favorite guest, Gilah Benson-Tilson,  joined us again for some wonderful Rosh Hashanah activities. First, on the smart board, she showed us Hebrew letters that when combined made words that connect to Rosh Hashanah. Children had the opportunity to volunteer to be a Rabbi who gave a sermon, a cantor who sang a Hebrew song, and even the page announcers. 
We ended our week with a lovely whole school Kabbalat Shabbat where we welcomes Shabbat as well as Rosh Hashanah! 
Shabbat Shalom and Shanah Tovah U’metukah !


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