January 31, 2023 |
Posted on October 30, 2017
Hello Gan Class Families!
Today was our last meeting of October! Its so crazy how quickly the year is going.
Our day began in the Sanctuary for Tefillah. We did not use our siddurim today, instead we practiced the songs and prayers along with Cantor Ken. Our Gan class students are getting more comfortable in the Sanctuary, learning to sit in the chairs and becoming familiar with the surroundings.
Back in our classroom we enjoyed our second Torah story. It takes place in the Garden of Eden. God makes a man and a women, they are named Adam and Eve. God tells them that they are free to eat anything from the Garden except for the fruit of one special tree. A snake tricks Eve into eating from the tree and she convinces Adam to eat the fruit as well. As a punishment, God makes Adam and Eve leave the Garden of Eden forever.
Bar continued sharing with us about what childhood is like in Israel. Today we heard about some popular children’s books. Bar shared what the books were about and we had to guess the endings. Some of the students knew some of the books, especially The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. Before he left, Bar asked us to draw a picture of our families and our dreams, what we want to be when we grow up. Those pictures are waiting to be shared with Bar next week.
Our letters today were nun and hay. Nun makes the sound n- and begins the words ner tamid and nerot. The ner tamid is the light above the Aron Kodesh where the Torah’s are kept. This special light never goes out. Nerot are candles like the ones we light on Shabbat. Hay begins the word Havdalah. Havdalah is how we say goodbye to Shabbat on Saturday evening.
Our Celebrations topic this week was Shabbat. Students shared some of the things they do to celebrate Shabbat. We learned Shabbat begins when the sun goes down on Friday evening and ends when there are three stars in the sky on Satruday evening. On Shabbat we light candles, eat challah and make kiddush. During our next class we will have the opportunity to construct some of the things that we need to celebrate Shabbat.
Today’s mystery reader was Nadav’s mom. She read Shabbat Hiccups by Tracy Newman. This was a silly story about a boy named Jonah who has hiccups for all of Shabbat! The students are so excited to know who the mystery reader is each week.
Next week is Daylight Savings time. Remember to turn your clocks back an hour. In celebration of this (hopefully) extra hour of sleep we are going to have a Pajama Day! Please wear your favorite pajamas to class.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about the Gan Class