What a great day in Kindergarten!! We started by singing "Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes" in Hebrew to get our wiggles out. Want to practice at home? Check out this YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJVE8TMUzk8.
Our lesson today focused on Pesach. We colored sedar plates, prepared for next week's grocery shopping challenge game and read several different stories.
These books told the stories of children who had to ask the Four Questions at their sedarim (the plural of seder), something many of us will have to do during Passover. We had a great time learning about why the nights of Passover are different from all other nights, and also about friendship.
Unfortunately, our Grade 1 Documentor was under the weather today. While we don't have pictures, here is what the Grade 1 students were up to!
The students began their day with Circle Time. During Circle Time, the students collect and count their tzedakah, which they decided to donate to the Children's Hospital. They also get to share one exciting thing that happened to them during the week.
Then, the class read the story of Pesach, to prepare for the upcoming chag (holiday). While they were reading the story, the students focused on how their lives are different than those of the slaves.
After Circle Time, it was off to Kehillah and T’filah. When they got back to the classroom, the students connected back into the learning by working on a art project that depicted the importance of freedom, and that when we are free, we have choices about what we will do and how we will behave. Ms. Levy reminded everyone that as Jews, as well as for others, being free doesn't mean we can do whatever we want, but that we can make responsible choices that don’t harm anyone else.
Then, in Art with Mrs. Schulgasser, everyone made a matzah tray for their seder tables!
Grade 2 began our day by reading a bit about one of the prayers in our service, Eilu Divarim. The prayer talks about the things that we can do to make the world a better place. We went through and came up with examples for each line of the prayer. For example, one was showing respect for our parents, and an example of this was doing chores. Another was paying attention to learning, which we can do by listening to the teacher. Another mitzvah we had was making peace among people. An example of this is fighting for equal rights.
After T'filah and Kehillah, we came back to classroom and worked with partners on the Alef Bet. Last week, we learned the letter samech, and this week we learned sin. We worked wonderfully in small groups to finish our task. Also, Miss Evans helped us by putting up the vowels in case we forgot.
Then, Mrs. Lowe came to read to us for Library! We read a book called Let's Do A Mitzvah. Before beginning, we told the Mrs. Lowe all about what mitzvot we learned about earlier in the morning, and while we read the book, we found even more examples. We know how to be better people now!