Kitah Bet (2nd-grade) Class Update



BET

Dear Kitah Bet parents,

It was wonderful seeing everyone at conferences!


In a very short amount of time, the class has completed lessons 1-8 in our reading textbook. The students have received a review booklet. Encourage the students to complete as many pages as possible so that they keep their skills and even improve their reading confidence.

In addition to making good progress in reading, students have learned about Jacob and Esau, as well as the three Joseph stories. These stories from our Torah have many lessons for all of us. Students were able to relate these stories to their own lives. Sibling rivalry, for example, is something most of the students can relate to.

For Hanukkah, the students learned the story of the holiday. They learned about the miracles and how important light is to us. We reviewed the 3 blessings and lit candles. Students discussed how each of us is a small light in the world, but when we combine our light , we make a much bigger light.


Mitzvot is also a part of our Judaic curriculum. After an introductory lesson, the students learned about the Mitzvah of Shalom Bayit, peace in the home. We will continue to study lessons about Mitzvot - commandments.


Enjoy your winter break. I look forward to seeing everyone “next year”.


B’Shalom,

HaMorah Etta

HaMorah Buna


BET/GIMEL

Dear Kitah Bet/Gimel (2nd/3rd-grade) parents,


It was wonderful having the opportunity to meet with all of you at conferences!


Hebrew is a very important part of our work this year. Every student spends part of the day learning or reviewing the mechanics of reading in Hebrew. The students review or learn letters and vowels, as well as some basic rules. Since it is a small class, this instruction can be individualized. In addition to reading and writing practice, the students have started reading stories, learning basic grammar, and learning prayers. We are also working on conversation skills. The vocabulary of the story can be used to learn to participate in conversations.


The students have received review booklets. Encourage the students to complete as many pages as possible during winter break so that they keep their skills and even improve their reading confidence. They can decide which pages they want to complete.


For Hanukkah, the students learned the story of the holiday. They learned about the miracles, and how important light is to us. We reviewed the 3 blessings and lit candles. Students talked about how they could each be a Maccabee and how each of us is a small light in the world, but when we combine our light, we make a much bigger light. Students were able to join the other Gimel students at the Gimel Hanukkah celebration. Those who attended had a great time!


Students continue to learn about the holidays, using ETGAR units. ETGAR also has lessons for Shabbat and for the Jewish calendar. In January, the students will celebrate trees as they learn about Tu Bishvat.


In addition, students study about Israel. Recently they have been learning about the old city of Jerusalem.


Enjoy your winter break. I look forward to seeing everyone “next year”.

B’Shalom,


HaMorah Etta Bernstein


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