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Kitah Bet (2nd Grade) Class Update

Kitah Bet 1 students play chess and enjoy a nosh during class break.

Bet 1 & 3:

Dear Bet 1 and Bet 3 Parents,

Shalom. The Bet classes have continued to pursue their curriculum during the past month.

Hebrew Reading

We learned to read and write in Print the letters: Samech, Sin, Fey, Final Fey and Tet. Students have been evaluated on unit 12 and unit 13. In lesson 14 we learned the new vowel Sh’va which makes a short sound at the beginning of a word. It sounds like the sound at the beginning of the word Shema. The next letters will be Zayin and Het in the end of the word. The new vowels we learned to read were the sounds“eh” and “o”. We completed the unit which includes the correct usage of the words: “on, under and next to“ that engaged the students with games they loved. We also learned more vocabulary that goes along with the new letters.

Judaic Studies – Holidays

In honor of Tu B’Shvat we planted parsley seeds that can be used later on for the Passover Seder. We also ate fruit of the seven species that are special to the land of Israel. Our next focus will be on Purim. We will begin learning about the story, customs, symbols, meanings, traditions and mitzvot associated with Purim. We will also learn Purim songs and complete fun Purim worksheets.

Judaic Studies – T’fillah (Prayer)

We are continuing to learn the blessing for lighting the Shabbat candles, the Kiddush for Friday night, Adon Olam and L’asok B’dvrey Torah.

Hebrew Homework

Every lesson there is Hebrew reading homework focusing on the letter or letters of the unit. Please read it with your child and return it with your signature.

Thank you for the privilege of working with your children. I am very proud of my Bet classes.

Hamorah Nechamit

Bet 2

Dear Bet 2 Parents,

This Bet class sees learning as fun. When they start working in their books or learning new letters, they don’t want to stop. In spite of missing a few days because of the weather, the students have completed two lessons in their new books. Thank you, parents, for helping your children bring their books to class. You help make this tremendous progress possible.

In order to facilitate reading skills, students have been learning keywords and basic vocabulary. They are able to comprehend and produce short sentences. We have low-pressure activities and games when we teach vocabulary. Sometimes, the students forget they are learning.

Hebrew vocabulary spreads into our Judaic topics. For example, when we studied the symbols of Israel, we used the Hebrew vocabulary for the flag (Degel) and the star on the flag (Magen David.) We also use the place names in Hebrew (Yisrael and Y’rushalayim.)

While learning about Jerusalem, the students were able to see the Western Wall (Kotel) on live webcam. We also took a “Virtual Tour” of the Old City.

When the students learned that people wrote prayers to put in the cracks between the stones of the wall, they wanted to write their own prayers. One student prayed to thank G-d for a new little brother or sister. Another prayed that animal extinctions would come to an end. Another student prayed that people would stop fighting. Yet another prayed that he would get a wiggly tooth. Another wrote her prayer as a picture of happy animals, with a dove flying overhead. All of the prayers were thoughtful and as unique as the children who wrote them. Some students worried about spelling. Others used creative spelling and hoped G-d would understand. I have a friend who will visit Israel in the near future who has agreed to take the prayers to the Kotel in Jerusalem.

It is a pleasure to teach your wonderful children.

HaMorah Etta

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