Grade K – Gan Class Update 3-5-17
Posted on March 7, 2017
Hello Gan Class Families!
I hope you all had a wonderful break! Yesterday marked the first of six classes in a row! This is very exciting because both Purim and Passover take place during these six weeks.
Our day began with Teffilah in the Sanctuary. In addition to the morning prayers, we sang some Purim songs with Cantor Ken. Students are learning many of the prayers and are becoming familiar with the siddur.
The story of the Tower of Babel was the focus of our Torah curriculum. In this story, the people wanted to build a tower that reached the sky. God did not want them to do this so he made it difficult for them to build by confusing all their speech. Without good communication, they were not able to build the tower. To experience this, students engaged in a building activity. They were asked to work together to build the tallest tower they could without talking. Below is a picture of their tower.
After all the blocks were used, students were asked to share about their experience. Many said that they could have built a better tower if they could have talked to each other. They thought that it was hard not knowing the ideas of their friends.
Vav was the letter of the day. Vav makes the sound v- and begins the word vered which means rose. Students were excited to use their bodies to shape the letter vav as its much easier to shape than some of our other letters. To practice our letters we learned a new game, Around the World. Students are shown a letter and the first to share its sound is challenged by another student. We are looking forward to playing this game again!
The Gan Class students already knew so many wonderful things about Purim. They are excited to dress up and eat hamantaschen. Next week we will spend most of the day experiencing Purim. Students should feel free to wear a school appropriate costume and be prepared to make some noise during our Megillah reading! Directly after Religious School is the Annual Purim Carnival which will be from 12:00-1:30pm.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about the Gan Class.