Spotlight on the Classroom (archives)
May 1, 2011
On Sunday the 2nd-3rd grade students put together their "Holy Living Portfolios," combining all of the work they completed throughout the year. They made covers for their portfolios, as we discussed the general themes and specific lessons our class covered this year. It was a great culmination to a wonderful year :)
April 3, 2011
This Sunday in 2nd and 3rd grade, we discussed the idea of "seder," or order. We talked about the connection between "seder" and "avodah," and how practicing one enhances the other. We also talked about the connection between the hebrew word "seder" and Passover. Next week we will continue to learn about this concept as we create our own Seder Plates for the Passover table!
March 27, 2011
We joined forces with Kindergarten and 1st Grade today. The students heard the amazing story and learned Pesach (Passover) vocabulary. They enjoyed creating two "food collages." One collage of foods we can eat during Pesach and the other of foods that are not eaten. Fruits and most veggies are eaten year-round (except maybe on Yom Kippur). You can see these collages hanging in the Social Hall.
March 20, 2011
March 13, 2011
Today we quickly finished up our lesson from last week on the Shehechayanu. We did not have much time for other in-classroom learning, but we discussed if certain situations/stories should require the recitement of this blessing or not. We also talked about how saying the Shehechayanu in a moment brings G-d into that moment and makes it more kadosh, holy. The rest of our morning was packed with hamantaschen baking, tefilah and a presentation from Camp Newman that got us all wanting to go to Jewish summer camp!
March 6, 2011
On Sunday our class learned a blessing called the "Shehechayanu." We discussed how this blessing, which we say on occasions that are happening for the first time or the first time in a long time, relates to Avodah (work we do to connect to God) and to our everyday lives.
February 27, 2011
Last week our class discussed Avodah, the work we do to connect ourselves to G-d. This week we divulged further into this concept of Avodah, talking about how our relationships with other people in our lives- teachers, parents, grandparents, friends, rabbis, coaches, etc- help us and others build and maintain that connection with G-d. We wrote metaphorical poems relating our relationships with G-d to real-life relationships that are easier to understand and internalize.