Dear Dalet 1 and 2 (4th Grade) Families,
We had a great month together full of holidays and a great new beginning!
Hebrew with Noa
We are working on our Hebrew reading and sounding out the Hebrew letters. We started using our New Siddur Program, Book 2 textbook and began learning the vocabulary from the first story. Here are a few vocabulary words we’re learning: ahava (love), atem (they boys), aten (they girls), noten (gives), meh (from). It is very important that the students review the stories from our Hebrew textbook, as well as continuing to practice their reading and the vocabulary, to ensure they are able to stay engaged during class discussions.
Etgar Yesodi with Morah (Teacher) Schear
Students became familiar with their families’ recent genealogies. We sketched our family tree in our journal that illustrates the main characters in our families’ recent stories. Students also participated in an interactive family-tree game to create a בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל (b’nai yisrael) family tree. In this game, students rely on questions and logic to identify individuals who are part of מִשְׁפַּחַת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל (mishpahat b’nai Yisrael).
We will be identifying the אָבוֹת (avot) and אִמָהוֹת (imahot) as the forefathers and foremothers of the Jewish people by adding the אָבוֹת (avot) and אִמָהוֹת (imahot) as the roots of מִשְׁפַּחַת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל (mishpahat b'nai yisrael). We will share names of individuals, stories, and traditions that connect modern Jewish people to those ancestors.
Also, please be sure to keep an eye on our schedule to ensure your students are in class on time and remain the entire time. It is very important that they are present for the entirety of class as crucial content is delivered from beginning to the end.
One last thing--if you have access to a small whiteboard, please provide for your student as they are a great tool for practicing writing in Hebrew and showing work during class.
Shalom and Blessings,
Noa and Morah Schear
Dear Dalet 3 and Hey 3 (4th & 5th Grade) Parents,
Our fall holidays have come and gone. Among other things,we had the opportunity to speak about forgiveness and about wishes we have for the Jewish people, the world, and ourselves. In relation to Sukkot, we spoke about what life was like for our ancestors as they wandered through the desert for 40 years and about God’s ongoing protection. Students were asked who they would invite into their Sukkah from the past and the present. Many of their answers were heartwarming and thoughtful. Prior to Simchat Torah, we also spoke about the importance of the Torah, and how the Torah is a “tree of life” for us.
In Hebrew we are working on reading, saying short Hebrew sentences using common verbs, and root words . We all learned the Hebrew months and the Days of the Week in Hebrew. In Siddur we focus on key vocabulary like the words “baruch,” (blessed) “kadosh,” (holy) and “mitzvah” (commandment).
As an introduction to the study of Torah we spoke about why Torah is important and how we treat a Torah to show that it’s special. We are also learning the names of the five books in Hebrew. Our study of Torah is underway with the story of creation. We will focus on our role in the world and what it means to be created in the image of God.
I continue to work on building community and trust within the group. I so enjoy working with your children. Thank you for partnering with us!