Grade 1 – Kitah Alef (grade 1) January 8, 2017 Moses and Pharaoh
Posted on January 23, 2017
Dear kitah alef families:
I was sorry to miss the class January 8, but it was in the capable hands of Cheryl Gelfand, (Tzipporah). She reported on how the class went. Cheryl carried out the lesson I had planned, even though the class did not begin until 9:30. This report is based largely on her report to me. Thank you, Cheryl, for doing such an excellent job with the students.
We started with morning meeting and a small tefilla in our room (I did Modeh Ani, Mah Tovu, Sh’ma, and Oseh Shalom with them for tefilla). Our Hebrew lesson was the letter vet, which does not begin any Hebrew words, but is found in aviv (spring) and in lulav. We reviewed the letters we knew by them naming letters, me writing them on the board, and them telling me what sound the letters make. Students distinguished between look-alike letters, such as bet, vet, chaf, and kaf.
We did the blessings before snack, had our snack, then went to the special program. Eli Dershwitz talked some about the Olympics and using Jewish values to make friends even when they were the people he was competing against. He showed the students his saber and taught them some basic fencing moves. They even got to touch the saber (which has absolutely NO sharp edges or point).
We went back and worked on the pamphlet about Moses and Pharaoh — starting by reviewing what we already know about Moses (the basket, the water, his sister, who actually raised him, etc.), then read the new part of the story in the pamphlet. We talked about the burning bush and how Moses knew it was special because even though it looked like it was on fire it didn’t burn up. We talked about trust and why the Hebrews had a hard time trusting God and Moses to free them. Students did the activity sheet about whether they would have crossed the Sea or not. (They all said they would cross). They illustrated themselves at the Sea of Reeds.
Judy and Cheryl (Esther and Tzipporah)
P.S. Thank you to Robin Kahn and Temple Israel for sponsoring my attendance at the recent G-dly Play sessions at Hebrew College. I learned how to implement the program for the holidays, beginning with Tu B’Shevat soon.–JUDY