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3 Things we did at Religious School on Sunday, March 1, 2020

Pre-Gan Sherry
We made hamentaschen in our classroom.
We made presents/gifts for Purim with food, drawing, and stickers!
We colored bags for Mitzvah Day.

Pre-Gan Sarah
We went to Miss Sherry’s room and made hamentaschen.
We learned about mitzvot and decorated a bag for Mitzvah Day.
We celebrated Bernie’s birthday and ate some cupcakes!

Gan: Kindergarten Debbie
We read another Purim story and went more in depth about the story and characters.
We made hamentaschen and played an Alef-Bet game where they had to recognize certain letters.
We made our own megillah and colored in the pages that represent certain scenes from the story.

Alef: 1st Grade Deena
We decorated plates to make groggers.
We made hamentaschen.
We decorated our bags for Mitzvah Day and worked on our passion projects!

Bet: 2nd Grade Allison
We practiced our plays using props and sound effects!
We made hamentaschen in the main kitchen.
We decorated our bags for Mitzvah Day and worked on our passion projects.

Gimel: 3rd Grade Zahava
We learned why Adar is the most important month in the Hebrew calendar.
We learned the real story of Purim.
We learned about the main characters in the megillah.

Daled: 4th Grade Zak
We baked hamentaschen in the synagogue kitchen and learned about the story of Purim
We talked about what it means to be an upstander, how Queen Esther was an upstander, and how we can stand up for people at our school.
We played a game about collecting and sharing, challenging each other to collect different amounts of items to share with one another, to learn about Mishloach Manot.

Hei: 5th Grade Ashley, Amy, & Audrey
We learned about the story of Purim.
We learned how to make hamentaschen.
We played a trivia game based off of the Purim story.

Vav/Zayin: 6th/7th Grade Brett
We finished watching “Jacob the Liar.”
We made hamentaschen in the main kitchen.
We discussed other aspects of our classroom curriculum.

 

3 Things we did at Religious School on Sunday, February 23, 2020

Pre-Gan Sherry
We learned about the origins of Purim and why people dress up.
We read a book about Purim and did a play to match with it.
We played a game relating to what we learned with music we followed the beat to!

Pre-Gan Sarah
We made a craft for Purim.
We listened to the Purim story and used puppets to act it out!
We learned the letter Chet, with the word chatul (cat) and challah!

Gan: Kindergarten Debbie
We read 2 stories about Purim and learned all the symbols and things that correspond with Purim!
We learned the letters Pey and Fey through song, sign, reading, and 2 games.
We went to tefillah and sang many songs about Purim.

Alef: 1st Grade Deena
We learned the Shema and Modeh Ani with our 7th grade buddies.
We learned about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an important Jewish woman.
We practiced spelling Tallit, Bimah, Shalom, and Torah in Hebrew with a game.

Bet: 2nd Grade Allison
We practiced our play.
We phad a guest teacher, Ben Greenberg from BS Marketing, come and teach us how to market our play.
We created a billboard, flyers, posters, and an announcement script for our play incorporating Hebrew and English.

Gimel: 3rd Grade Zahava
We reviewed the entire Alef Bet as a class.
We studied Moshe Dayan in history.
We read and discussed the story of Purim.

Daled: 4th Grade Zak
We learned about the meaning of Tikkun Olam and connected it to the things that we can do to repair the world.
We went over the meaning of Shalom in our purple Amidah books.
We sang a song in Hebrew and the students translated it to English and found its relation to Tikkun Olam.

Vav/Zayin: 6th/7th Grade Brett
We did a Holocaust activity where Brett told the kids they had to pack a suitcase to go somewhere for 2 weeks. All the kids did it and then he had them give him their suitcases, and go behind a table (representing a train). He ripped these pages as they were done in the Holocaust.
We watched “Sarah’s Key,” a movie about a young girl who escaped a camp in order to find her brother and save her family from being captured.
We taught 1st graders the Shema.

 

3 Things we did at Religious School on Sunday, February 9, 2020

Pre-Gan Sherry
We sang the “Butterfly Song” during Mazel Tots.
We made hand trees for our Mazel Tots craft.
We watched two videos during breakfast to learn about what trees help us do.

Pre-Gan Sarah
We had Mazel Tots and played in Sherry’s room and the muscle room.
We learned about trees and played a game and did a craft.
We went to Sherry’s room for a Tu B’Shevat Seder.

Gan: Kindergarten Debbie
We learned about Tu B’Shevat food.
We read stories about tzedakah.
We performed I Am Jewish at Ceremony Sunday!

Alef: 1st Grade Deena
We practiced our Hebrew vowels that make ee, ah, eh, oh, and oo sounds.
We learned the fruits of Tu B’Shevat.
We started making button trees!

Bet: 2nd Grade Allison
We rehearsed our play and worked on the set.
We practiced our Shabbat prayers.
We celebrated K, 3rd, and 4th grade at Ceremony Sunday!

Gimel: 3rd Grade Zahava
We registered to vote at the Jarson Education Center!
We had a rehearsal on the bimah for Ceremony Sunday.
We performed our play for Ceremony Sunday!

Daled: 4th Grade Zak
We celebrated Torah Induction! It was so wonderful to see all of our families together in honor of such a wonderful celebration.
We finished our reflections for our multimedia projects. Students shared their favorite parts of the project and why they made the artistic choices they did.
We reviewed and recited the blessing for studying Torah, Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech HaOlam, asher kidshanu bMitzvotav vtzivanu La’asok Bdivrei Torah.

Vav/Zayin: 6th/7th Grade Brett
We had a Tu B’Shevat Seder!
We went to Ceremony Sunday.
We watched a Holocaust movie.

 

3 Things we did at Religious School on Sunday, February 2, 2020

Pre-Gan Sherry
We sang and danced to songs about trees.
We learned how and where to recycle with plastic, metal, and paper examples.
We painted a green monster (that we read about) who saved electricity!

Pre-Gan Sarah
We made bird feeders to feed the birds that live outside our homes.
We learned about Tu B’Shevat and what we can do to keep the trees healthy.
We learned about our mitzvah project for Mitzvah Day this year – Cedar Village!

Gan: Kindergarten Debbie
We learned about Tu B’Shevat through stories and talked about how trees help us!
We learned about the mitzvot associated with Tu B’Shevat- Tikkun Olam (healing the world) and Bal Tashchit (do not destroy).
We talked about how we will be supporting Jewish Hospital for Mitzvah Day and met with Rabbi Stein about the Shabbat cards we will be making on Mitzvah Day!

Alef: 1st Grade Deena
We read “The Lorax” and talked about taking care of the Earth.
We learned the fruits of Tu B’Shevat.
We started making button trees!

Bet: 2nd Grade Allison
We worked on our set for our play.
We practiced our lines for our class play.
We met our Mitzvah Day organization and brainstormed ways to help!

Gimel: 3rd Grade Zahava
We practiced our play for Ceremony Sunday.
We did a rehearsal for Ceremony Sunday
We went over what Tu B’Shevat means and what we do to celebrate!

Daled: 4th Grade Zak
We worked on our Torah Induction projects for Ceremony Sunday.
We practiced our Hebrew verses for Ceremony Sunday.
We wrote a reflection based on our experience throughout the project.

Hei: 5th Grade Ashley, Amy, & Audrey
We learned about the different traditions in Jewish weddings around the world.
We learned about the story of Nachshon.
We read about the Torah and worked on questions about the meaning.

Vav/Zayin: 6th/7th Grade Brett
We had World Wide Wrap and put on tefillin!

 

3 Things we did at Religious School on Sunday, January 26, 2020

Pre-Gan Sherry
We danced during Mazel Tots to the dinosaur song.
We learned about tzedakah and what is good to give to others.
We made arts and crafts with paint and our hands promising to make the world a better place.

Pre-Gan Sarah
We had breakfast for Mazel Tots, sang and danced to songs in music, and did a craft.
We learned the letter Zayin through a video and games.
We learned about ways to give tzedakah and made a craft of ourselves listing the ways we give tzedakah.

Gan: Kindergarten Debbie
We learned “I Am Jewish” with posters.
We visited with Rabbi Smolkin and had story time about G-d.
We made shrinkey dink prayers where the kids got to write their own prayers.

Alef: 1st Grade Deena
We interviewed Phylicia on her role as the youth programmer.
We learned about rituals that take place in our synagogue.
We danced to Hava Nagila.

Bet: 2nd Grade Allison
We discussed the stories of Purim, Passover, and Chanukah, and found similar themes and motifs in each holiday that inspired our play.
We worked with Miss Leslee on how to integrate more Hebrew into our play’s script.
We created pieces of our backdrop: the Western Wall and Ancient Egypt.

Gimel: 3rd Grade Zahava
We went over the story of our people going through the desert.
We learned new songs in Hebrew.
We practiced our play for Ceremony Sunday.

Daled: 4th Grade Zak
We went to the art room to continue working on our multimedia projects.
We were assigned our parts for Ceremony Sunday!
We practiced reading our Hebrew portions.

Hei: 5th Grade Ashley, Amy, & Audrey
We learned about Tu B’Shevat and talked about the seven species.
We read the V’ahavta.
We learned about Jewish Principles.

Vav/Zayin: 6th/7th Grade Brett
We went on a field trip to Cedar Village.
We played bingo with the residents!

 

3 Things we did at Religious School on Sunday, January 12, 2020

Pre-Gan Sherry
We learned about the objects we use on Shabbat.
We sang and danced to Shabbat songs in music.
We practiced learning colors in Hebrew with a small guessing game.

Pre-Gan Sarah
We played musical pictures with images of items we use on Shabbat.
We played in the muscle room.
We learned the letter Vav.

Gan: Kindergarten Debbie
We decorated our Torah boxes that we will receive on Consecration.
We learned the letter Zayin through sign language, yoga, and games.
We sang I Am Jewish to practice our performance on Ceremony Sunday!

Alef: 1st Grade Deena
We took a tour of Adath Israel.
We met and interviewed some of the key people who work here.
We learned about sacred objects found in the/a synagogue.

Bet: 2nd Grade Allison
We continued our kippot study with Rabbi Ben.
We drew our designs for our kippot.
We celebrated filling the warm & fuzzy jar by having a popcorn, candy, PJ, and movie day!

Gimel: 3rd Grade Zahava
We practiced our play that we will perform on Ceremony Sunday.
We practiced our Hebrew reading with a partner.
We read in our Hebrew book as a class.

Daled: 4th Grade Zak
We worked on our multimedia projects relating to different stories from the Torah.
We learned the Hebrew word for rainbow (keshet) and sky (shamayim).
We heard the story of Jacob blessing his 12 sons and talked about blessings in our lives.

Hei: 5th Grade Ashley, Amy, & Audrey
We read through the V’ahavta in English and had the students answer questions about it.
We read the V’ahavta in Hebrew in small groups.
We reviewed the story of Egypt and Passover

Vav/Zayin: 6th/7th Grade Brett
We went on a field trip to Welcome House
We served breakfast and played games with the people there!

 

3 Things we did at Religious School on Sunday, January 5, 2020

Pre-Gan Sherry
We read a book about Shabbat, then we played a game to identify the different objects we use during Shabbat.
We learned a new song in music that we sang and danced to around the room.
We made our own candles out of beans and glue.

Pre-Gan Sarah
We learned about Shabbat by watching a video and playing a game to identify the important parts of the holiday.
We went to the library and read a book about making challah!
We went to Miss Sherry’s room for music with Mitch and made our own challah covers for Shabbat.

Gan: Kindergarten Debbie
We learned the letter Daled through song, sign, and reading; and played a game to review all the letters.
We learned the “I Am Jewish” song and walked them through it with posters.
We went to the library, read stories, and checked out books to take home!

Alef: 1st Grade Deena
We went over all our Jewish vocab and learned the parts of the synagogue.
We made Hebrew words out of playdough.
We played Alef Bet Bingo!

Bet: 2nd Grade Allison
We talked about our family’s Chanukah traditions.
We played “scribble chase”.
We created our story that we will turn into our play that we will perform!

Gimel: 3rd Grade Zahava
We started with the iPads to review the Alef Bet.
We made sentences with Hebrew vocabulary.
We read Chapter 7 in our book and learned about the first King of Israel, King David, and the 12 tribes.

Daled: 4th Grade Zak
We went to the art  room and began working on our multimedia projects.
We read a Hebrew story helping us practice our colors and other vocabulary.
We painted and picked out materials for our projects and played a fun Hebrew game to end the day!

Hei: 5th Grade Ashley, Amy, & Audrey
We learned about how to speak Hebrew in conversation.
We learned about Tu B’Shevat.
We found prayers in the Siddur and practiced them.

Vav/Zayin: 6th/7th Grade Brett
We talked about Lashon Hara, Lashon HaTov, and honesty and discussed ways we can work on them in the next 3 days and will share on Wednesday.
We talked about how we are all “Jews by choice” and the choices “born Jews” have to make today.
We talked about our Jewish journeys and how they are setting us up for a good future.

 

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

Pre-Gan Sherry
We went to Mazel Tots and sang and danced to many dreidel songs!
We made our very own dreidels during Mazel Tots.
We made a plate using the colors yellow, blue, and purple so the menorah’s wax won’t hurt our homes!

Pre-Gan Sarah
We made a dreidel game table.
We read a book that told us what we do on Chanukah.
We had donut holes for snack with apple sauce!

Gan: Kindergarten Debbie
We went to the Chanukah Fair and all the kids got to buy gifts for their families.
We learned more about Juda the Maccabee through a book and reviewed the story of Chanukah.
We learned about the dreidel and what their origin is, and we reviewed the Hebrew letters so we could play dreidel!

Alef: 1st Grade Deena
We learned the prayers for when we light our menorah.
We had a Chanukah dance party!
We played dreidel and Chanukah Bingo!

Bet: 2nd Grade Allison
We watched “Full Court Miracle” about the story of Chanukah.
We played dreidel in small groups.
We finished our Chanukiah!

Gimel: 3rd Grade Zahava
We worked on our Chanukiot in the art room.
We studied the different names, traditions, and prayers of Chanukah.
We sang a Chanukah song and went to the Chanukah Fair!

Daled: 4th Grade Zak
We played a fun activity to review the story of Chanukah.
We created rough drafts for our multimedia projects.
We painted our own menorahs!

Hei: 5th Grade Ashley, Amy, & Audrey
We finished our “Israeli Election” project where we learned about the pressing issues in Israel.
We continued to practice and develop our Hebrew reading.
We learned about different stories in the Torah and how they relate to our lives today.

Vav/Zayin: 6th/7th Grade Leslee & Brett
We went to the Chanukah Fair!
We talked about the difference between an obligation and a heartfelt feeling.
We worked on our Hebrew projects.

 

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

Pre-Gan Sherry
We learned about the menorah and how to tell the difference between a kosher and a non-kosher menorah!
We played with a dreidel and learned how to play the real game.
We made menorahs out of egg cartons and decorated them with paint!

Pre-Gan Sarah
We learned about the story of Chanukah and made our own menorahs.
We went to library, the muscle room for play time, and in music we sang Chanukah songs!
We did centers and played games with dreidels and sufganyiot.

Gan: Kindergarten Debbie
We learned the letter Hey through song, sign language, yoga, and games.
We learned about Judah and the Chanukah story!
We learned the difference between a menorah and Chanukiah!

Alef: 1st Grade Deena
We practiced remembering our holidays by spinning dreidels.
We made Chanukah cards for our families.
We read Herschel and the Chanukah Goblins.

Bet: 2nd Grade Allison
We discussed how we can shine light in darkness after reading about Chanukah.
We practiced the blessings for Chanukah.
We decorated our Chanukiot!

Gimel: 3rd Grade Zahava
We learned about the upcoming holidays.
We talked about the Chanukah story and how it was a miracle.
We painted our own menorahs!

Daled: 4th Grade Zak
We introduced our multimedia projects that we will be doing for Ceremony Sunday.
We chose our Torah verses and started brainstorming ideas of how to present them.
We learned some new fun facts about Chanukah and did a fun activity.

Hei: 5th Grade Ashley, Amy, & Audrey
We learned about political issues in Israeli culture.
We learned how to chant the Birkat Hamazon and what it means.
We reviewed the Nisim B’Chol Yom blessings.

Vav/Zayin: 6th/7th Grade Leslee & Brett
We went on a field trip to the Barbash Family Vital Support Center!
We worked together as a class to help stock the shelves at the food pantry.
We learned about what the Barbash Family Vital Support Center does and got a tour of the food pantry!

 

3 Things we did at Religious School on Sunday, November 24, 2019

Pre-Gan Sherry
We played a game about things we are thankful for and placed it on the thankful tree.
We made binoculars so we can see what we are thankful for, then painted them.
We reviewed colors in Hebrew by spinning a twister and putting the color on Pete the cat’s feet.

Pre-Gan Sarah
We made Blessing Bags as a mitzvah to help those in need.
We read One Good Deed, a book about being kind and doing mitzvot.
We learned the word “dag” (fish) for the letter Dalet and did centers with finger paint!

Gan: Kindergarten Debbie
We discussed how Thanksgiving is celebrated by Jews. We read a story about things we are thankful for and then the students created thankful turkeys with their footprints and feathers showing what they are thankful for.
We were introduced to the letter Gimel and played Alef Bet bingo to review all the letters we have learned.
We reviewed what we’ve learned about Shabbat and read a story about Havdallah. Three students took home the first Shabbat boxes to celebrate Shabbat with their families on Friday!

Alef: 1st Grade Deena
We read 11th Commandment and came up with/drew our own commandments.
We discussed how we can do mitzvot everyday.
We learned the letter Vet in our Hebrew Primers.

Bet: 2nd Grade Allison
We reviewed our classroom’s expectations and discussed ways to make our space better, as we celebrate what we love about our classroom.
We read from our book, Wonder, and talked about kindness.
We reviewed our letters, colors, numbers, and body parts in Hebrew.

Gimel: 3rd Grade Zahava
We worked on weather Hebrew vocab with worksheets.
We practiced the letters Gimel, Zayin, and Mem.
We read a story about family members and wrote stories in Hebrew about our own families.

Daled: 4th Grade Zak
We learned how to make magical potions using Hebrew.
We learned and recited charms in Hebrew.
We had duels using spells all in Hebrew.

Hei: 5th Grade Ashley, Amy, & Audrey
We learned the Birkat Hamazon in small groups.
We assigned the kids groups, each representing a political party and had each group compile questions and basic info about their made up party.
We did research in the computer lab on problems in Israel so the kids know what party they should be interested in.

Vav/Zayin: 6th/7th Grade Leslee & Brett
We talked about mitzvot and obligation vs. want.
We wrote about who benefits when we do certain obligations/who suffers when we don’t do them (yourself).
We discussed what we wrote about obligations.

 

3 Things we did at Religious School on Sunday, November 17, 2019

Pre-Gan Sherry
We played a game to find red and blue objects in Hebrew.
We painted a rainbow to learn the colors in Hebrew.
We played a game where we popped bubble wrap that has marked colors.

Pre-Gan Sarah
We read a book called Bagels from Benny and talked about being grateful.
We learned how to say different body parts in Hebrew.
We talked about what mitzvot we can do with with different body parts!

Gan: Kindergarten Debbie
We learned what Shabbat is all about.
We talked about what “Amen” means.
We played a game to help us learn the colors.

Alef: 1st Grade Deena
We chose different mitzvot and decorated hearts with them.
We learned a new letter, Resh.
We played Aleph, Bet, Kamatzah (Hebrew Duck Duck Goose).

Gimel: 3rd Grade Zahava
We practiced reading Hebrew.
We practiced writing Hebrew with partners.
We read and learned about Jewish history.

Daled: 4th Grade Zak
We learned about boy and girl words in Hebrew.
We went through the Amidah in our workbooks and talked about a few phrases.
We practiced our Hebrew endings by comparing them to our favorite mythical creatures.

Hei: 5th Grade Ashley, Amy, & Audrey
We learned how to conjugate verbs to form sentences.
We learned the story of Sodom and Gemorah.
We reviewed Nisim B’Chol Yom.

Vav/Zayin: 6th/7th Grade Leslee & Brett
We worked more on our projects about refugees and started to present them.
We worked in our Hebrew books and enrichment translated Hebrew books.
We presented our projects and played Jewpordy!

 

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.