2nd Grade (Bet) Class Update


Bet (2nd grade) students designed their own Kibbutz in Israel.


BET 1 & 2

Dear Kitah Bet (2nd grade) Parents,

Kitah Bet students continue to make great progress.

We had a very successful Multi-Generation Day. It was wonderful seeing everyone! The students were excited to introduce their extended families and to demonstrate to their extended families how well they are learning.

Hebrew (Etta): Most of our time in Hebrew class is focused on reading skills. The students are learning new letters and vowels. The class is finishing lesson 6 and starting lesson 7. As they progress through their textbook, the language concepts become more complex, challenging the students to learn sounds that are not in English, as well as increase their awareness of concepts such as consonants, vowels, and syllables. In the process, they are learning Hebrew vocabulary. In addition to reading, the students are learning basic conversational Hebrew, as well as Hebrew prayers and blessings.

Regular reading practice - either the homework assignment or other reading from the textbook is very important. Students develop reading fluency through frequent practice.

Judaic Studies (Michelle): The students have been studying the State of Israel. As they work through the booklet, Israel: People and Places, the students explore a variety of aspects of Israeli society. Incorporating various enrichment activities, the class has been introduced to Israeli symbols, money, history, culture and arts, and more.

One way families can reinforce learning about Israel is to include Israeli foods and recipes at home. Students may also like to learn about other items you have in your home that were made in Israel.

Thank you for your continued support.

Etta Bernstein and Michelle Parks


Bet (2nd Grade) students drew trees during their lesson about trees in Israel

BET 3/GIMEL 3

Dear Kitah Bet/Gimel (2nd and 3rd grade) Parents,

We had a very successful Multi-Generation Day. It was wonderful seeing everyone! The students were excited to introduce their extended families and to demonstrate to their extended families how well they are learning.

Kitah Bet students continue to make great progress.

Hebrew: Most of our time in Hebrew class is focused on reading skills. The students are learning new letters and vowels. The class is working on lesson 7. As they progress through their textbook, the language concepts become more complex, challenging the students to learn sounds that are not in English, as well as increase their awareness of concepts such as consonants, vowels, and syllables. In the process, they are learning Hebrew vocabulary. In addition to reading, the students are learning basic conversational Hebrew, as well as Hebrew prayers and blessings.

Regular reading practice - either the homework assignment or other reading from the textbook is very important. Students develop reading fluency through frequent practice.

Judaic Studies: The students have been studying Mitzvot and Israel. They are working on the booklets, Mitzvot and Israel: People and Places. In their Israel unit, the students explore a variety of aspects of Israeli society. Incorporating various enrichment activities, the class has been introduced to Israeli symbols, money, history, culture and arts, and more. Their Mitzvot unit focuses on Mitzvot that the students can identify with and apply to their own lives.

One way families can reinforce learning about Israel is to include Israeli foods and recipes at home. Students may also like to learn about other items you have in your home that were made in Israel.

Alternatively, here is a project relating to the Mitzvah of caring for animals. You can make a bird feeder using all natural building materials. Collect some pine cones. Smear the cones with peanut butter and press birdseed into the peanut butter. Loop string around the top of the cone and hang outside, preferably near a surface where the bird can stand.

Kitah Gimel students are working with Bonny Wexler, strengthening their reading skills while reading stories, learning basic vocabulary, and learning basic grammatical rules. As their reading continues to improve, the students will study more advanced reading rules and practice prayers and blessings that make use of these new skills.

In Polly’s class, students finished their third unit of the year - the Jewish Calendar! We discovered the date of our Hebrew birthdays, learned the names of the Hebrew months with Rachel Cole’s “Months Song,” and created our own Jewish Calendar in our journals with dates that are important to us. We also learned how the Israeliites used the moon cycle to track the days in the month. It was exciting for us to be able to look at the moon and know what time of the month it is!

Over the next few weeks we will learn about Hanukkah. Look out for more information about our Kitah Gimel Family Hanukkah Hagigah on Sunday, Dec. 13th!

Thank you for your continued support.

Etta Bernstein, Bonny Wexler, and Polly Lehman


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