2nd Grade


Mar 10

posted Mar 8, 2017, 9:36 AM by Anna Szentivanyi   [ updated Mar 10, 2017, 10:50 AM ]

Dear Families,

This past week we learned about the story of Purim, and activities that we do on this special holiday. We also got to decorate a sign for the Purim carnival, and we practiced our play a couple of times.

Here are some questions to think about:

1. How can we relate what we learned on Disability Awareness Day and inclusion to the Purim story?
2. What are three activities that we do on Purim?
3. Who is in the Purim story but not mentioned? How do we know he/she is present?

Have a great week!

Josh and Susan


Dear Families,

This past week we discussed two special vowels- the Chet with an "Ah" vowel under it (like in the word Sameach), which makes "Ach," and the "Oh" vowel that changes to "Vo" when it has a vowel right before it like in the word Mitzvot. We did some independent reading, worksheets and played Bucketball to review these new vowels.

Some questions to consider:

1. In what part of the word does the Chet with the "Ah" vowel change to "Ach"?
2. In order for the "Oh" vowel to change to "Vo," what do we need?
3. What's the difference between the "Oh" and "Oo" vowels?

Shabbat Shalom,

Josh

Mar 3

posted Mar 3, 2017, 10:07 AM by Anna Szentivanyi

Dear Families,

This past week we first reviewed some letters by doing Aleph-Bet Yoga. We then learned about the letters Nun and Final Nun. Furthermore, we did some reading and worksheets based on these letters. Finally, we played a game of tic tac toe to review.

Shabbat Shalom,

Josh

Feb 24

posted Feb 24, 2017, 9:21 AM by Anna Szentivanyi

Dear Families,
This past week we learned about the letter Pey and the combination of the ah vowel and a Yud, which makes "eye", like in the word Chai. We read independently in one center, and did a coloring exercise about the ah vowel and Yud combination. Also, we played a game of bucketball to review our new letter and vowel combination.

Some questions to think about:

1. What is something that we eat that has toppings on it that starts with a letter "p" in English and Pey in Hebrew?
2. In what part of the word do we normally see the ah vowel and Yud combination?
3. What happens when we see a Yud in the middle of a word without a vowel?

Shabbat Shalom!

Josh

Feb17

posted Feb 15, 2017, 9:21 AM by Anna Szentivanyi   [ updated Feb 17, 2017, 2:38 PM ]

Dear Families,

This past week we learned about the letters Chet, Chaf and Final Chaf. We read and did some work in our centers. Finally, we played Around the World to review our new letters.

Here are some questions to think about:

1. What is unique with the Final Chaf compared to all other letters?
2. What holiday starts with a Chet?
3. What's the difference between a Hay and Chet?

Have a great week!

Josh


Dear Families,

This past week, we finished our Bible books by discussing Moses, the plagues and the Israelites' redemption from slavery. We also practiced our holiday play and songs that we will be including in the play.

Here are some questions to think about:

1. Besides Moses, who else in the Torah argues with Hashem?
2. How many plagues happened to the Egyptians?
3. What holiday do we celebrate the redemption from slavery?

See you in a couple of Sundays!

Josh and Susan


Dear Families,

This past week we first did some Aleph-bet yoga with the vowels. We then did rotations and this involved some reading and workbook pages about the letter Zayin and another way the : vowel works. We finally played some bucketball, by reviewing and doing some more reading.

Here are some questions to think about:

1. What is something in your house that you have a lot of, and has a couple of Zayins or z's in it?
2. What does the : vowel do at the beginning of a word?
3. What does the : vowel do in the middle of a word?

Have a great week! 
Josh


Feb 3

posted Feb 1, 2017, 9:21 AM by Anna Szentivanyi   [ updated Feb 3, 2017, 8:47 AM ]

Dear Families,

This past week we practiced our holiday play, sang some songs, and read out of our Bible book. We discussed the story of baby Moses, the situation between Moses and the Egyptian, as well as Moses and the Burning Bush.

Here are some discussion questions to think about:

1. How was Moses being put in a basket similar to Noah and the ark?

2. Why do you think Judaism is determined by the religion of the mother?

3. Why did Moses ask Hashem to choose someone else to free the Israelites?

We look forward to seeing all of our students' families at our Tu'b'shevat Seder next Sunday from 10-12.  However, school will still start at 9:00.

Have a nice week!

Josh and Susan


Dear Families,

This past week we first reviewed all of the letters and vowels we did so far. We learned about Kuf and Kaf, as well as the two vowels that make the "oo" sound. We ended the class by playing Around the World and Bucketball.

Some questions to think about are:

1. What is the difference between Kaf and Bet in terms of how they look?
2. What is the difference between the oh and oo vowels? Where are the dots?
3. What is the difference between tzadi and ayin in terms how they look?

Have a nice week!

Josh 

Jan 27

posted Jan 26, 2017, 11:54 AM by Anna Szentivanyi

Dear Parents,

This past week in second grade we finished the study of Joseph and his time in Egypt. We learned how he was reunited with his family and how he forgave his brothers.

We also spent time working on our class play and practicing both songs and blessings for various holidays.

Our home discussion questions were:

Why was Joseph Jacob's favorite child?

How did Joseph change in the way he interpreted dreams from his youth to adulthood?

What modern lesson can be learned from the way the Egyptians prepared for the years of famine?

Sincerely,

Susan and Josh 

Jan 13

posted Jan 11, 2017, 12:18 PM by Anna Szentivanyi   [ updated Jan 13, 2017, 9:00 AM ]

Dear Families,

This past week we read in our Bible books and discussed Jacob and Esau's relationships, specifically when Esau meets with him and forgives his brother. We also talked about Jacob's sons, and what they did to Joseph, as well as why they did it. Finally, we began to discuss our holiday play that we will be doing at the end of the year.

Here are some questions to think about:

1. What is Jacob's new name?

2. Who was given a colorful tunic/robe?

3. What do Joseph's brothers do to him?

Have a nice week!

Josh

Dear Families,

This past week we did a review of the letters and vowels we have learned so far, since we just got back from a long break. We did some Aleph-Bet Yoga with the vowels, and played a team game with the letters.  As a final game, we played Bucketball.

Some questions to think about:

1. What vowel makes the "Ay" sound?
2. What's the difference between a Shin and Sin?
3. What two letters are silent? (Bonus: What letter makes a sound normally but is silent at the end of a word?)

Have a great week!

Josh

Dec 16

posted Dec 14, 2016, 9:41 AM by Anna Szentivanyi   [ updated Dec 16, 2016, 9:49 AM ]

Dear Families,

This past week we finished making our chanukkiahs and dreidels. We also discussed the story of Jacob and Esau, and their incident with the birthright. Finally, we played dreidel and did Hanukkah mazes.
A few questions to consider:
1. What is a birthright?
2. What is a mitzvah that the student did in the past week?
3. Who are Isaac and Rebecca's sons?
Happy Hanukkah and have a nice break!

Josh


Dear Families,

This past week we discussed the letters Sin and Sameach. We also discussed a vowel that makes the "ay" sound. We practiced reading with these new letters and vowel, and played tic tac toe to review some more.

Some questions to discuss:
1. What two letters make the "s" sound?
2. What vowel makes the "ay" sound?
3. What is the difference between shin and sin?

Happy Hanukkah and have a nice break!

Josh

Dec 9

posted Dec 9, 2016, 8:27 AM by Anna Szentivanyi   [ updated Dec 9, 2016, 8:58 AM ]

Dear Parents,

This week in Second grade, we started a two week Chanukah craft by making menorah bases. We also studied about Chanukah and practiced the Brachot over the candles.

In our Torah books, we learned about the death of Sarah, and how Isaac's servant Eliezer picked Rebecca as Isaac's wife.

Three questions you might ask your students are:

What about Rebecca made Eliezer decide that she was the right one for Isaac?

Why was the game of dreidel invented?

What was the war fought over between the Macabees and the Assyrians?

Once again, please make sure that your students bring a snack if they are not on the bagel list, and that they come prepared to tell the class a mitzvah that they did this week.

Sincerely,

Susan

Dear Families,

This past week we reviewed the letters Vet and Vav once more. In partners, we read a page, and practiced with words that had these letters. During the second half of class, we played a game of bucketball to practice the words as well.

Some questions for the students to ponder:1. What is the difference between a Vet and Bet?
                                                               2. What is the difference between Vav and the vowel that says "oh"?
                                                               3. What does a Yud without a vowel do in a sentence?

Have a great week!

Josh

Dec 2

posted Dec 2, 2016, 9:33 AM by Anna Szentivanyi

Dear Parents,

This past week we started off class by doing an Aleph-Bet Yoga competition. Next, we learned that Vet and Vav make a "V" sound, and discussed a vowel that tells us to stop. We practiced reading with our new vowels, by playing Around the World.

Have a nice weekend!

Josh

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