Last week in Jewish Studies, we continued to strength our Hebrew reading skills each day by reading in small groups. In our workbook, we read about a traditional Rosh Hashanah dinner table, and then set one up in our classroom!
You can see our round challah (חלות עגולות), pomegranate (רימונים), fish head (ראש של דג), apples and honey (תפוחים בדבש), candles (נרות), wine (יין), and flowers (פרחים).
We discussed how the main mitzvah during Rosh Hashanah is to listen to the sound of the shofar. We learned about the four sounds of the shofar, and the kids enjoyed practicing the sounds with their hands and with real shofarot. Next, we read a story about a child named Shachar (שחר), who was anxious and impatient to hear the shofar. He kept asking his parents, grandparents, and friend when it would be time. Finally, when the time came and Shachar recited the blessing, he felt very happy and a part of the service!
Rosh Hashanah also has another name in the Torah – Yom Truah. We had fun singing a song about this in class.
This Thursday, we will be baking honey cakes in class! If you would like to come and bake with us, please contact Morah Rivka.
In Math class last week, we continued to study place value positions. We’ve reviewed that a digit is worth different amounts, based on the position in which it is sitting. For example, just a 7 means 7 ones, and the 7 in 70 is worth 7 tens. We practiced breaking apart numbers into ones, tens, and hundreds; and we discussed the importance of zero for holding place value positions.
We also did activities with number bonds. All of this work so far has been a review from last year (if your child attended our school).
Lastly, we took our first math test. Afterward, I went over the grading system. Now that your child is in second grade, they are earning letter grades!
We also talked about a problem that was tricky for some students. It asked them to put numbers in order from smallest to greatest, and its format was a little bit confusing. Mrs. Freedman and I are always available during tests to provide assistance, without giving away answers, of course!
I am proud of everyone’s effort, and I look forward to beginning our next chapter.
We have enjoyed hearing the shofar blown every day, and even participating with the older kids!
Ms. Stein & Morah Rivka