2nd Grade (Bet) Class Update



Dear Kitah Bet 1 and 2 (2nd grade) Families:


The students of Kitah Bet 1 and 2 are making good progress in the Hebrew reading textbook. They are working on Lesson 9. Work in the books is supplemented by games and activities. In addition, the students are learning some prayers and blessings. Right now, they are working on the first verse of the V’Ahavtah. When learning a prayer, students learn what the prayer is about, a few key vocabulary words, and tunes that are commonly used with the prayer.


It is now the month of Adar. This is a time for being happy and celebrating. Students made posters reminding us to be happy in the Hebrew month of Adar. The holiday we will be celebrating in Adar, Purim, is coming soon. Purim is all about being brave and standing up to bad people. In addition to learning about the story of Esther, students will learn the customs of the holiday. This includes the four Mitzvot for the holiday: Hearing the Megillah, making Mishlo’ach Manot (gifts of food, etc.) for friends and family, giving food to the poor, and having a seudah, a festive meal.


Michelle’s class has just finished a unit about Mitzvot. Since the end of the Tu B’Shvat unit focused on taking care of the earth, this was a natural progression. In the Mitzvot unit, emphasis is placed on Mitzvot concerning how we treat other people. Recent lessons include how we honor our parents and why welcoming guests is so important.


L’shalom,

Etta Bernstein and Michelle Parks



Dear Kitah Bet 3 (2nd grade) Families:


The Kitah Bet 3 students are making good progress in the Hebrew reading textbook. They are working on Lesson 10. Work in the books is supplemented by games and activities. In addition, the students are learning some prayers and blessings. Right now, they are working on the first verse of the V’Ahavtah. When learning a prayer, students learn what the prayer is about, a few key vocabulary words, and tunes that are commonly used with the prayer.


The students continue to learn about the Hebrew Bible, the TaNaCh. They learn stories from the Torah through the weekly Parsha. In addition, they are learning about the prophets (N’vi’im) through stories, such as King David. The third section of the TaNaCh is K’tuvim, writings. Stories in this section include Megillat Esther, which we study as part of the Purim holiday curriculum.

In one of our activities for the N’vi’im (Prophets,) students were asked to be a prophet. As a prophet, what would they want to say to others to make the world a better place? The students took this assignment seriously, writing and discussing what people need to do and how they need to change.


It is now the month of Adar. This is a time for being happy and celebrating. Students made posters reminding us to be happy in the Hebrew month of Adar. The holiday of Adar, Purim, is coming soon. In addition to the story, students will learn about the four Mitzvot for the holiday: Hearing the Megillah, making Mishlo’ach Manot (gifts of food, etc.) for friends and family, giving food to the poor, and having a seudah, a festive meal.


L’shalom,

Etta Bernstein

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