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Grade K/Gan Class Update

Posted on September 19, 2016

The first day of class is always so exciting!  I love meeting the new students and starting to learn their personalites.  We have a great class this year, I just know it will be an amazing learning experience for everyone!

Our day started with students drawing pictures of themselves on the first day of the Gan Class.  These drawings were really cute and show so much personality.  They will be on the cover of the workbooks we will be using to organize all the great work we do in class this year.

Tefilah was with the whole school this morning.  Some weeks we will meet with the whole school and others we will meet with just the Aleph (1st Grade) and Bet (2nd Grade) classes for Tefilah.  The Gan Class students were excited to see the older students they new and loved sitting in the big chairs in the sanctuary.  Students followed along with the pages and looked at the pictures in our siddurim.  In just a few short weeks they will know some of the tunes and will be singing along with everyone else. We ended Tefilah by hearing Rav Elain, the Vav (6th Grade) teacher blow the shofar! 

Back in the classroom we learned our first letter – shin.  Shin makes the sound sh- and begins the word shofar.  Students practiced saying the letter, then its sound and then our new vocabulary word.  We practiced making a shin with our fingers like Robin showed us before we said the Shema during Tefilah.

The rest of our morning was spent engaging in activities for Rosh Hashanah.  We discussed that on Rosh Hashanah we hear the shofar, eat apples and honey and send cards to famlies and friends. Students enjoyed New Year at The Pier by April Halprin Wayland.  The story encouraged students to begin thinking of the things that they are sorry for or things that they would like to do better in the coming year.  We did a special project, but its a surpise so I hope no one accidentily spilled the beans, and had an apple and honey taste test!

Our busy morning was just the beginning of a fun filled year.  Next week we will learn about Yom Kippus and learn a second letter. We are also very excited to meet our Madricha, Bina, next week.

I saw many of you enjoying pizza near the playground this afternoon.  I hope everyone that was able to make it had a wonderful time.

Looking forward to seeing you all next Sunday!