3 Things We Did Today

3 Things we did at Religious School on Sunday, November 10, 2019

Pre-Gan Sherry
We painted a rainbow using toy cars- one for take home and one for the class.
We had Mazel Tots and sang songs from Moana! Then we made a rainbow using markers and water.
We learned to say colors in Hebrew like red, yellow, blue, and green!

Pre-Gan Sarah
We went to music at Mazel Tots and made a rainbow for our craft.
We played in the muscle room and then read a book about the big things small hands can do.
We painted animals and did a craft for the second day of creation.

Gan: Kindergarten Debbie
We learned the letter Alef through sign language, yoga, and games.
We learned about the sounds of the perfect prayer, the Shema, and why we say it.
We learned about mitzvot and how to do them ourselves.

Alef: 1st Grade Deena
We read Crazy Hair Day and talked about how to support our friends.
We formed Hebrew letters with our bodies to create words.
We learned about the Hebrew letters Kaf and Hay.

Bet: 2nd Grade Allison
We worked on our Israeli project.
We took a Hebrew Alef-Bet letter assessment.
We played Hebrew games!

Gimel: 3rd Grade Zahava
We practiced our Hebrew reading as a class.
We made bingo cards to use for next class.
We reviewed our Hebrew vowels

Daled: 4th Grade Zak
We played “Jewpardy” to review our knowledge of the Torah stories.
We reviewed our vocab and grammar as a class.
We drew pictures and labeled the colors we used in Hebrew.

Hei: 5th Grade Ashley, Amy, & Audrey
We gave each of the kids 3 lines of the morning blessing to read.
We had the kids make posters about their favorite line of the 3 they were given and teach their classmates about it.
We had the students write about what would happen if they moved to Israel.

Vav/Zayin: 6th/7th Grade Leslee & Brett
We talked about the Ethiopian Jews and how they went to Israel. Pidyom Shvuyim!
We worked on Chapter 4 in our Hebrew books.
We researched about different types of refugees and made presentations to teach our classmates about them.

 

3 Things we did at Religious School on Sunday, November 3, 2019

Pre-Gan Sherry
We went to a petting zoo and saw a donkey, an alpaca, a sheep, ducks, a rabbit, chickens, and a goat!
We made a Noah’s Ark, colored it brown for the wood, and added 3 pairs of animals.
We sang songs during song time like “The Dinosaur Song,” “The Butterfly Song,” and “The Shabbat Song.”

Pre-Gan Sarah
We learned Hebrew colors through a musical chair/active movement game.
We learned about mitzvot and played a game.
We learned about the animals in Noah’s Ark through crafts.

Gan: Kindergarten Debbie
We learned the letter Nun through song, sign, and yoga.
We learned about mitzvot and played a game.
We read about Noah’s ark and checked out books at the library!

Alef: 1st Grade Deena
We watched a read-aloud video of a Noah’s Ark book and learned about making righteous decisions.
We got to pet and feed the animals at the petting zoo.
We put on skits about Tikkun Olam, Tzedakah, and Gemilut Hasadim.

Bet: 2nd Grade Allison
We read a few chapters from the book Wonder and discussed what words describe the main character, Auggie.
We practiced our Hebrew letter identification by playing 3 different games.
We went to the petting zoo, and had time to work on our passion projects.

Gimel: 3rd Grade Zahava
We practiced our Hebrew and vowels.
We worked on a Hebrew packet focused on the letters Aleph, Bet/Vet, Kaf/Khaf, and Sin/Shin.
We learned about what Modah means for a girl and for a boy.

Daled: 4th Grade Zak
We played a fun game to practice our Hebrew pronouns.
We dug deep into the meaning behind the Amidah.
We played a team game to build up class morale and practice our amazing Hebrew skills.

Hei: 5th Grade Ashley, Amy, & Audrey
We learned about how the environment is connected to Judaism.
We learned how to compost and what its used for.
We talked about different ways we can change the environment.

Vav/Zayin: 6th/7th Grade Leslee & Brett
We made blankets for single mothers and their children.
We went over vocabulary we have recently learned.
We talked about Gemilut Hasadim, and in what ways we experienced it this week.

 

3 Things we did at Religious School on Sunday, October 27, 2019

Pre-Gan Sherry
We unrolled a real Torah and got to point out letters with a yad.
We played in the muscle room for recess.
We played the Torah passing game (similar to the etrog passing game).

Pre-Gan Sarah
We learned about the first day of creation by making a book!
We learned about the parts of a Torah and used a yad!
We We learned about the letter Gimel and words that start with it- like gezer (carrot) and did an art project of a gezer to remember the word!

Gan: Kindergarten Debbie
We learned that like air, G-d is invisible.
We learned that G-d can help us make things like popcorn.
We learned the letter Bet/Vet through song, yoga, sign language, and games.

Alef: 1st Grade Deena
We practiced writing the Hebrew for Adam, Eve, snake, tree, bear, apple, and lion and coloring pictures for each word.
We read a story about Adam and Eve and the first sunrise and sunset.
We played a game by going to one side of the room or another based on what you think is right or wrong.

Bet: 2nd Grade Allison
We worked on our map of Israel made of Legos!
We upgraded our class learning space.
We took time to study about Israel and different cities.

Gimel: 3rd Grade Zahava
We went to tefillah and practiced our prayers as a group.
We did a mini quiz about the geography of Israel.
We read and sang Adon Olam and Modei Ani out of a Siddur as a class.

Daled: 4th Grade Zak
We made stained glass windows for Torah stories.
We drew crazy creatures and described them in Hebrew.
We learned the G’vurot prayer and talked about how we as people can behave like G-d.

Hei: 5th Grade Ashley, Amy, & Audrey
We gave the kids prayers to look for in the Siddur like a scavenger hunt.
We explained what chevruta study is and then broke up into partners to answer interpretive questions.
We introduced the story of Noah and asked the kids questions about the story.

Vav/Zayin: 6th/7th Grade Leslee & Brett
We started our Pidyon unit, which is about redeeming Jews who are in trouble.
We played games that Medieval Jewish teens played, to connect to that time period.
We wrote scripts asking about food and drinks in Hebrew.

 

3 Things we did at Religious School on Sunday, October 20, 2019

Pre-Gan Sherry
We ate breakfast in the Sukkah!
We created a dry flower sun catcher for the Sukkah.
We passed around the etrog in the etrog game and did the etrog dance.

Pre-Gan Sarah
We shook the etrog and lulav in the Sukkah.
We read Skye High Sukkah and made a Sukkah.
We learned about Simchat Torah with a song.

Gan: Kindergarten Debbie
We learned the Hebrew letter Tav through yoga, sign language, and 3 cool games.
We shook the lulav and etrog and talked about what they mean.
We learned about the Torah for Simchat Torah and made edible Torahs.

Alef: 1st Grade Deena
We drew pictures of our dream Sukkahs  that could include anything, but needed 3 walls.
We decorated hearts with tissue paper and made Torah scrolls to celebrate Simchat Torah.
We learned and practiced the letters Lamed and Mem in our primers.

Bet: 2nd Grade Allison
We talked about the story of Sukkot.
We discussed the geography of Israel.
We started building a giant map of Israel.

Gimel: 3rd Grade Zahava
We discussed Jewish holidays and different traditions.
We learned about the history of the Jewish holidays.
We colored Torah worksheets.

Hei: 5th Grade Ashley, Amy, & Audrey
We learned how to shake the lulav and etrog.
We had the kids make their own Torah with their own challenges, goals, and talents.
We learned what a bimah is.

Vav/Zayin: 6th/7th Grade Leslee & Brett
We volunteered at Cleats4Kids!

 

3 Things we did at Religious School on Sunday, October 13, 2019

Pre-Gan Sherry
We decorated walls of our classroom Sukkah with painted leaves.
We played follow the leader lulav shake.
We ate snacks and made decorations for Sukkah Raising!

Pre-Gan Sarah
We learned about Sukkot with the lulav and etrog and ate!
We made lulav pictures.
We learned about how to make a Sukkah.

Gan: Kindergarten Debbie
We learned the letter Samech through 3 games, yoga, and sign language.
We learned a new Hebrew word- Cayn which means yes.
We learned about the holiday Sukkot and how to shake the lulav and etrog.

Alef: 1st Grade Deena
We read different books about Sukkot.
We used BehrmanHouse.com to practice our Hebrew.
We participated in the Sukkah Raising!

Gimel: 3rd Grade Zahava
We learned why we dwell in a Sukkah.
We learned more about what the pharaohs did to the Jews.
We learned about the guests that come to the Sukkah.

Daled: 4th Grade Zak
We shared with the class who and where our perfect dinner would be with.
We discussed what we like to build in life.
We played an activity to learn the connection between our body (guf) and the lulav and etrog.

Hei: 5th Grade Ashley, Amy, & Audrey
We learned about Sukkot and the Story of Honi the circle maker.
We started our Sukkot building project.
We shared our projects and explained a value that we require for the Sukkah to be a holy space.

Vav/Zayin: 6th/7th Grade Leslee & Brett
We discussed ethical dilemmas for teens.
We discussed the holiday of Sukkot.
We played Hebrew Bingo for units 1-3 in our Hebrew book!

 

3 Things we did at Religious School on Sunday, October 6, 2019

Pre-Gan Sherry
We sang about Sukkot and danced to the music.
We learned about Jonah and the Whale.
We did arts-and-crafts about what happened to Jonah and filled a whale with glitter!

Pre-Gan Sarah 
We read Jonah and the Whale with puppets and made our own Jonah and Whale craft to tell the story at home!
We learned the letters Bet/Vet with yoga and playdough!
We made our own Shofars and played a game with the different Shofar blasts!

Gan: Kindergarten Debbie 
We learned the letter Yud through song, sound, yoga, and sign. Then we played a review game involving all the letters we have learned.
We learned about Yom Kippur through story and an activity where we “wasted” away all of our sins.
We went to the library and listened to stories and checked out books!

Alef: 1st Grade Deena
We went outside to the benches and we said something that we would change.
We read a story about Sandy Cofax.
We made cards for a sick friend.

Bet: 2nd Grade Allison
We started building our Sukkah.
We learned about kippot with Rabbi Ben.
We made decorations to hang in the Sukkah!

Gimel: 3rd Grade Zahava
We went over rules of Tashlich.
We did a Tashlich activity where we through our sins into pretend water.
We learned about the traditions of Yom Kippur.

Daled: 4th Grade Zak
We practiced our Hebrew vocabulary by telling the class what we like to read and how we do it.
We drew our families in an activity to learn body parts in Hebrew.
We played an intense game of Jewpordy to test out our knowledge of Yom Kippur!

Hei: 5th Grade Ashley, Amy, & Audrey
We broke up into groups and read the Ashrei line by line.
We read Have You Filled A Bucket Today? and asked the kids what they have done to fill someone’s bucket.
We talked about Yom Kippur and the customs surrounding it.

Vav/Zayin: 6th/7th Grade Brett & Leslee
We did an activity to learn Rambam levels of tzedakah by ranking least to most, and shared an act of gemilut hasadim (acts of loving kindness) we have done recently.
We learned about the steps of apologizing.
We wrote letters to Alana, a girl who is sick – tzedakah and a mitzvah!

 

3 Things we did at Religious School on Sunday, September 22, 2019

Pre-Gan Sherry
We sang songs about Shabbat (dinosaur songs).
We made paper shofars and colored them with markers and stickers.
We became an apple tree and learned how to grow – from seed to tree!

Pre-Gan Sarah 
We made a honey jar and learned the word “dvash” (honey) and made cards.
We learned the letter Aleph, sang Rosh Hashanah songs, and played outside.
We did Rosh Hashanah themed centers- puzzles, sensory table (birthday candles), and apple pom poms!

Gan: Kindergarten Debbie 
We looked at and talked about different items related to Rosh Hashanah and what senses we use with them.
We practiced our Hebrew with activities featuring cheesy whales and fruit loops!
We learned the letter Resh and a new song for Rosh Hashanah!

Alef: 1st Grade Deena
We went outside and played a game where there were three teams and each group had to get a Hebrew word.
We worked on our primers on the letters Bet, Tav, and Shin.
We read “The Case of the Stripes,” learned why it’s good to be different, and then colored our own striped hands.

Bet: 2nd Grade Allison
We researched about Rosh Hashanah rituals and traditions in the library.
We created posters using our research.
We presented our posters on Rosh Hashanah to the class.

Gimel: 3rd Grade Zahava
We went over class rules.
We learned Hebrew greetings
We learned about the traditions and food for Rosh Hashanah.

Daled: 4th Grade Zak
We learned three symbols for Rosh Hashanah- apples, honey, and the shofar! Students had the opportunity to try to blow the shofar!
We played Hebrew Reverse Operation, sticking labels of body parts on our teacher!
We learned about the Jewish Diaspora, and how the Jewish people created new traditions after they were exiled.

Hei: 5th Grade Ashley, Amy, & Audrey
We made groups and made a poster for each book in the Torah.
We had the kids present their posters and describe their book of the Torah.
We gave the kids a word and had them conjugate it as male/female and singular/plural.

Vav/Zayin: 6th/7th Grade Brett & Leslee
We compared and contrasted aspects of Judaism as a religion, ethnicity, and nationality.
We played a Hebrew game practicing “you have, I have, and they have” both in feminine and masculine form.
We illustrated cartoons that represented the value of Arevoot (togetherness).

 

3 Things we did at Religious School on Sunday, September 15, 2019

Pre-Gan Sherry
We went to Mazel Tots and sang songs with apple arts and crafts!
We made a form of apple pie to learn about Rosh Hashanah.
We played the apple passing game to learn more about Rosh Hashanah and read a book about the little spider and Rosh Hashanah!

Pre-Gan Sarah 
We went to Mazel Tots and did an apple craft for Rosh Hashanah.
We did Rosh Hashanah crafts in class with sponges and made bees!
We played outside and then did centers at the end of the day.

Gan: Kindergarten Debbie 
We learned the letter Lamed through song, sign, reading, and activities.
We learned about G-d and the kids told us what they thought G-d was & read a story about G-d.
We went to the library, read a book and we  got to check out books

Alef: 1st Grade Deena
We worked in our primer books on our letters Bet and Tav.
We colored different Rosh Hashanah puzzles and pictures.
We introduced our word wall words.

Bet: 2nd Grade Allison
We talked about the Jewish value, Chesed, and how we can practice the value in our life and outside of our classroom.
We played several Hebrew games, including a scavenger hunt and “slap it” on the chalk – each game helped us practice our Hebrew!
We played a game where we talked in partners to learn more about each other, strengthening our friendships.

Gimel: 3rd Grade Zahava
We went over the Hebrew months.
We learned the Alef Bet with the iPad.
We learned about the Shofar.

Daled: 4th Grade Zak
We learned about the Amidah, the central part of every Jewish prayer service. We’ll be working more with the Amidah all of this year!
We reviewed the Hebrew vocabulary we’ve built this year, including opposite words.
We reviewed the Torah stories we’ve learned so far. Over the year, we’ll add many more stories to our collections. Students should have brought home their coloring pages with their story on the back!

Hei: 5th Grade Ashley, Amy, & Audrey
We learned about the 13 Attributes of G-d.
We did relay races outside where the kids would run then read a line of the Ashrei to the next person.
We had the students identify where they saw G-d in the world and why.

Vav/Zayin: 6th/7th Grade Brett & Leslee
We did an “I am Jewish…” activity. The … is where they said therefore or because. We all wrote what we said on posters and talked about it.
We created Jewish stars- they hang from the ceiling and we wrote parts of our Judaism on the stars.
We played a Hebrew game to practice our Hebrew!

 

3 Things we did at Religious School on Sunday, September 8, 2019

Pre-Gan Sherry
We had music and learned the butterfly song.
We learned the word “tapuach” (apple).
We had library and learned how to take care of books.

Pre-Gan Sarah
We played some games with Hebrew words: Boker Tov, Shalom Ani, and Ken & Lo to get to know each other.
We made our own decorated tzedakah boxes with tissue paper and stickers.
We read a book in library and class about mitzvot and how to do good deeds and be nice to each other. We shared what good deeds we have done.

Gan: Kindergarten Debbie
We made tzedakah boxes and decorated them.
We learned the letter Mem through song, sign language, yoga, and more.
We learned about lock down drills and what we are supposed to do during them.

Alef: 1st Grade Deena
We decorated our own kippot to wear all year!
We read books about Rosh Hashanah and learned more about the holiday.
We practiced our first two letters, Bet and Tav.

Bet: 2nd Grade Allison
We made paper chains and used them for an activity to show how we are all connected as one community.
We made rainbow loom friendship bracelets using Ethan’s rainbow loom.
We made our classroom promise.

Gimel: 3rd Grade Zahava
We learned how to spell our names in Hebrew.
We went to tefillah, we learned about the months and years in Hebrew.
We sang songs in music and went over good values.

Daled: 4th Grade Zak
We made our own tribes with symbols that represent ourselves.
We learned how to say “I have” and “I don’t have” in Hebrew using buckets.
We continued our exploration of colors and numbers in Hebrew.

Hei: 5th Grade Ashley, Amy, & Audrey
We had a special guest come in and teach us about archaeology in Israel.
We had a scavenger hunt in the room to find objects that would he may have found.
We played games involving archaeology, such as night at the museum with Jewish themes.

Vav/Zayin: 6th/7th Grade Leslee & Brett
We did a couple classroom bonding activities to get to know each other better and build our  classroom community.
We began our new Hebrew book and learned some new words.
We talked about what being Jewish means to each one of us.

 

3 Things we did at Religious School on Sunday, August 25, 2019

Pre-Gan Sherry
We went to Mazel Tots and made Jewish Stars.
We learned rights and wrongs in the classroom.
We learned what all the centers are used for.

Pre-Gan Sarah
We did B’tzelem Elohim and read a book and talked about how to behave in the classroom.
We had Mazel Tots and decorated a Jewish Star in Sherry’s classroom.
We started an art project and all the kids painted a square and it’s continuing next week.

Gan: Kindergarten Debbie
We played duck duck goose to learn names and then we read a story and learned about rules.
We decorated placemats and talked about the different types of food that belong to each prayer.
We learned the letter Kuf through song, sign, reading, and yoga. Then we spelled letters in shaving cream.

Alef: 1st Grade Deena
We sat on the carpet and did an ice breaker.
We made up and taught the class our own signature dance moves.
We read about Sammy Spider’s First Day of School.

Bet: 2nd Grade Allison
We practiced introducing ourselves in Hebrew.
We talked about what we were passionate about during our Morning Meeting.
We played an icebreaker game called “Would You Rather..?” outside and had small group discussions based on our answers.

Gimel: 3rd Grade Zahava
We learned Hebrew vowels.
We reviewed the Aleph Bet.
We built a vowel tree.

Daled: 4th Grade Zak
We played a game to make a mural in the back of the room.
We played a game to practice and remember our Hebrew letters.
We played some bonding and ice breaker games.

Hei: 5th Grade Ashley, Amy, & Audrey
We talked about the seven days of creation.
We found a creative way to answer Judaism related questions.
We brainstormed class rules and activities for the school year that the kids would enjoy doing.

Vav/Zayin: 6th/7th Grade Leslee & Brett
We got to know our classmates.
We began the first chapter in our new Hebrew book.
We talked about truth and respect.