Mar 10

posted Mar 10, 2017, 10:48 AM by Anna Szentivanyi

Today was very busy.  We welcomed Ben back to our class.  He returned just in time to read with a few students, play 1:1 games reinforcing the child's reading skills, and to help supervise a Purim art project.  I read 1:1 with everyone while students finished their daily work and worked on their Purim project.  We ended with the Purim game that the students had made.  It focuses on items and characters from the Purim story.  

It was a great day filled with lots of activities! 

Mar 3

posted Mar 3, 2017, 9:13 AM by Anna Szentivanyi

Today was pretty typical.  Hadley, my dog, visited.  I read 1:1 with each student while the other students did their work.  Then they challenged each other to games and planned their Purim art project.  We ended by playing the Purim game that the students made last week for Purim costume prizes. 

Please continue to encourage your child to practice at home.  Sadly, we don't have many more days of Hebrew school remaining. 

Also, if you were able to find any of the items that I previously mentioned for the homeless, I'd really appreciate your passing them along to me so that I can include them in the gallon size plastic bags that I put together for the homeless.

Many thanks for your help.

Feb 24

posted Feb 24, 2017, 9:20 AM by Anna Szentivanyi

Another busy day.  Students read 1:1 with me.  Many thanks to those of you that have been encouraging your child  to practice their reading at home.  Today I showed the students 2 of the items that will be up for bid in our May auction....hopefully this will encourage the students to earn shekels by practicing their homework.  The students also worked on their worksheets and challenged one another to Hebrew games.

The last part of our day was preparing for Purim.  Students learned many of the Hebrew words related to Purim and then created their own game to play during the next 2 weeks.

Feb 17

posted Feb 15, 2017, 9:38 AM by Anna Szentivanyi   [ updated Feb 17, 2017, 2:37 PM ]

Today each student read 1:1 with me while the others did their class work and games.  Please expect these worksheets to be in your child's folder next week.  We also played several tic-tac-toe games with script letters.  Your child has the script game in their folder.
Please continue to encourage your child to read at home and sign their new parent signature sheet that specifies what homework they should be doing.
In the past, I've suggested questions you might ask your child.  Today, I'd like to ask you a few questions...if I might.....
What can you do to help make your child's Hebrew School experience even more successful?
What suggestions do you have for me?
Please feel free to email or give me a call.  Together, we can make a difference in your child's Hebrew School success.

Feb 10

posted Feb 15, 2017, 9:32 AM by Anna Szentivanyi

Today was a lot of fun.  As always, students read 1:1 with me and worked on their worksheets and games to reinforce what they have learned.  Each student also made a Tu B'Shvat jigsaw puzzle with pictures of the various things we get from trees.    No doubt your child will really enjoy showing you their puzzle and you can enjoy helping your child put it together!  Class ended with a game of tic-tac-toe in script.  It was fun and the students enjoyed being challenged.

Please don't forget to engage your child in questions about school.  I know they'll enjoy sharing with you.  A few ideas for questions.....

Did you play any games in class today?  Tell me how this game was played?

What new letters/vowels did you learn today?  What sound does each make?

Were you able to help another student with their game?  Who won?


Feb 3

posted Feb 3, 2017, 8:52 AM by Anna Szentivanyi

What a super day!  Students worked on cards to send to our assistant.  Ben is on a special program studying in California and will be gone for about 4 more weeks.  While everyone was busy making cards, with each student.  Students had a short time to work on their weekly handouts.  We ended by dividing all of the letters of the alphabet among the students and then putting them in order.

Everyone is progressing nicely in their reading.  Thank you for helping to organize your child and clearing out "old" work.  I know students enjoy sharing their work with you so be sure to go over their worksheets with them as they are removed from the folder.  I really appreciate that you're working with me and helping your child to be organized and do their reading homework assignment.  The results are amazing!

Jan 27

posted Jan 27, 2017, 9:51 AM by Anna Szentivanyi

Today was pretty typical.  Students read 1:1 with me, did their work, and challenged one another in games.  We concluded our day with several group games. 


I was disappointed that many of the parents still have not taken completed papers from folders and helped their child to be more organized.  Also, although we had a 2 week break, many students had not practiced their homework.  As you know, a 2 hour class once a week is not sufficient time for your child to retain what they learn in class.  I really need your help reinforcing new material at home.  Hopefully, your child can practice a minimum of 3 times a week for 10 - 15 minutes.  Please help your child succeed and feel more confident.

Your support is so appreciated.


Jan 13

posted Jan 13, 2017, 8:59 AM by Anna Szentivanyi

It was great to be back at Hebrew School after our long vacation.  Today we welcomed Jordan into our class.  We now have 6 students and our class is full.  Jerry and Bea both began a new book and they're making great progress.  Olivia and David are also progressing quickly and have maintained all that they learned before the break.  Savanna is continuing to work on Shabbat prayers.


Please don't forget to sign the parent homework sheet so that your child can earn shekels for Hebrew reading and, in some cases, working in their books.  Students also need help cleaning out their folders to keep themselves better organized.


Do be sure to ask your child what they learned today and what you can do to help. 


Your questions and suggestions are always welcome.  

Dec 16

posted Dec 16, 2016, 9:47 AM by Anna Szentivanyi

Today was full of celebration activities!  We began with our auction and everyone "purchased" some of their favorite things.  We then listened to my childhood record (yes, not a cd) that told about the Chanukah story with background music.  We also joined in with the record singing the prayers.  Your child has a copy of the prayers in their folder.  We reviewed the story with a flashcard game and then played dreydel with chocolate kisses.

Please enjoy the Chanukah break.  Classes resume on January 11.  Wishing you and your families an enjoyable, safe, and relaxing holiday.


Dec 9

posted Dec 9, 2016, 8:57 AM by Anna Szentivanyi

Today the students had a sneak preview of the items for next week's auction.  Besides the miscellaneous, there were also items from Italy and items specifically for Chanukah.  No doubt the auction will be a lot of fun!  
Students can continue to earn shekels for next week's auction by practicing their reading homework.  Also, please take a few minutes with your child to remove the "old" work from their folders.  I know they'd enjoy sharing what they've been doing in class. 
You might also think of a few questions to ask you child.  For example:
What new letters/vowels did you learn today?
What homework do you have to do?
When do you think you'll have time to do your reading?
Wishing you all more sunshine!

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