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GRADE 1/ ALEF PURIM March 13, 2016

Posted on March 14, 2016

I am re-posting this because I forgot to write “GRADE 1” in the subject.  You probably already read this in my direct email to the parents.  Sorry:
Dear families:
Another great day in class! After breakfast, we participated in tefillah. The students are becoming very adept with the pages of the Siddur and with the prayers themselves. Today we looked for . The vowel sign for the sound “ee”. You can be very proud of how well the children behave in the sanctuary.
STORY:   We read a book called Can You Guess? Purim Big Book. We reviewed Purim—Esther, Mordecai, Ahashuerus, Haman, Vashti, Adar, the gregger, and more.  The children helped apply objects to this Purim book.
CRAFT:  Each student made four finger puppets of their own design—for Esther, Mordecai, Haman, and King Ahasuerus.  They enjoyed experimenting with the puppets.
HEBREW: Our lesson today was in two parts—one was the vowel sound “ee,” represented by a . under any letter.  Some examples are “eema” (mother), and “keepah,” and” tzeepor” (bird).  We also learned  עayin.  Some words beginning with ע  are “etz “(tree), “etz hayyim” (rollers for the Torah), “ayin” (eye), and “eparon” (pencil).  Besides reading the lines to sound out the letters, the children practice writing the letter and work in pairs to identify letters from our review packs.  Thank you for helping the children review each week to reinforce the letters.
After craft, the students can read books, play Purim games, or work with my magnetic Hebrew letters.
TORAH:  We finished the story of Rebecca, discussing how kind she was and how she went to marry Isaac.
Our breakfast is some cereal until 9:15. This is to supplement the breakfast they have at home. I have only one box for all the children to share.

Please empty your child’s bag each week for projects, notices, and reinforcement pages.

Next week in anticipation of the Purim carnival at noon your child can come in costume to class.  I will be wearing a costume I made a few years ago.

A few parents asked: the first grade shema program, with the parents, is on May 22.
Have a wonderful week.

Judy and Cheryl (Esther and Tzipporah)