Updated: Aug 15, 2022
Friendship and fun on the last day of the school year.
Dear Bet (2nd-grade) Parents,
This year has flown by! The students have learned so much! First, in Hebrew, they have learned every letter and every vowel. They learned blessings for morning prayers and for Kabbalat Shabbat. For Pesach, they learned to recite the 4 Questions. However, by April, the students only had a few new letters and vowels to learn. They were able to read the 4 Questions.
Students also learned about Israel. They learned to sing HaTikvah, Israel’s national anthem, and several other songs about Israel. In addition, students learned about holidays - the story of the holiday, as well as the symbols and customs. Music and art have augmented the topics studied this year. The students even got a chance to learn a few Israeli dances.
In addition to academic growth, I have watched the students grow in their ability to work independently, to be able to settle differences amicably, be nice to each other in class, understand how we can learn from the stories of the Torah, and apply the lessons to our own lives. The students are becoming a community, as they learn about Jewish values and Mitzvot and apply the lessons to their own lives.
It has been a pleasure working with these students. They are very special - curious, dynamic, enthusiastic, and love the challenge of learning something difficult.
During the summer, students will benefit from reading from their textbooks. The extra reading will make them better readers and help them get started with new material in their Gimel class in the fall.
Yom HaSiddur 2022. View all photos here!
Dear Bet/Gimel (2nd/3rd-grade) Parents,
I can’t believe this school year is finished. I have known most of these students for at least 2 years. During that time, I have watched them grow physically, academically, and as Jews. When asked a couple of weeks ago what they considered the most important Mitzvah, several said, “Be kind to your friends and other people.”
In Hebrew, students learned and practiced reading skills. The students have become good readers, reviewing and learning all the letters and vowels and many of the reading rules. The Gimel students learned vocabulary, grammar, and blessings while working on lessons in their textbooks. Bet learned to read all letters and vowels and learned vocabulary through conversation practice.
The students enjoyed learning about Israel. They learned about the Old City of Jerusalem and other historic cities and sites. They also learned about modern Israeli cities and towns. During the process, they learned the music, reviewed HaTikvah, and learned a few more songs. Students learned about our holidays - the story of the holiday, as well as the symbols and customs, and some of the prayers that are particular to each particular holiday. They also learned about the Jewish (lunar) year, Rosh Chodesh, and Shabbat.
This class enjoyed learning. They asked great questions, noticed the little details, and thought deeply about new concepts. They were a treat and a privilege to teach.
During the summer, students will benefit from reading from their textbooks. The extra reading will make them better readers and help them get started with new material in the fall.