This past Sunday grade 3 finally had our mock wedding! Each student had a role! From chuppah holders, to reciting the Sheva Brachot, to maid of honor! Yes cake and pink lemonade was had by all! We also took the time to review the 10 plagues in Hebrew as well as the reason behind why we eat Matzah to prepare for our upcoming Seder next week!
This class was our final class to prepare for grade 3’s mock wedding next week! So we were busy with decorations, card board cakes, flowers…etc. We also finished the Ketubah, and ensured that the maid of honor had her speech ready to go! We were lucky to have a visit from the Shinshinim who taught us some lovely facts about Israel. Finally we spent the rest of the class learning about the 10 plagues for the Passover Seder coming up in Hebrew and in English- and then made finger puppets for each plague!
This past week we began learning all the customs that take place at a typical Jewish wedding. We also read some of the Sheva Brachot (7 blessings) that are recited under the Chupah in Hebrew, and learnt some wedding Hebrew vocabulary. We started prepping wedding decorations for the “grade 3 wedding” ceremony we are going to have. Somewhere in between all the wedding fun- we had a visit from Avishai, who taught us the 4 questions (“Manishtana”) for the upcoming holiday of Passover.
This week we made graggers (noise makers) to celebrate the upcoming holiday of Purim! Then we read the story of Esther and used our graggers and shook them real loud whenever we heard Haman’s name as is tradition. In Hebrew, we started putting letters together to start pronouncing sounds and even words! And we started counting the numbers 10-20!
This week we closed off the last session in February with paying homage to Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month by discussing random acts of kindness that we can do for others. We also took the time to review all the holidays and life-cycle events that we have learnt about thus far through making our own personalized comic strips themed around Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Bar/Bar Mitzvahs, Babynamings & Brisses…etc. We finished off the morning in Hebrew by learning pronouns.
This week we celebrated disability and inclusion awareness month and we all crafted people and animal figures from the same materials (sponges/straws/pipecleaners). We discussed how we are all unique but the importance of kindness and generosity because we are all really not that different. In Hebrew we focused a lot on using dots and how when used even under the same letter-the sound can be totally different. And we ended with Hebrew Letter Yoga! The students got real creative on representing each Hebrew letter physically.
This week we finished learning how to count to 10 in Hebrew! At the beginning of class we had fun make paper dies, which we later used to play games with Hebrew letters & numbers. We also played a fun icebreaker game in the middle of class that the Shinshinim introduced last week, which grade 3 loves, called Shaon (clock).
This week we played Tu Beshevat Bingo and made Mitzvah trees to celebrate the BIRTHDAY of trees! We discussed planting trees in Israel, had a visit from musician, Avishai, and learnt a hebrew song in honor of the holiday. Then we finished the day by playing broken pictionary, & kaboom to keep up with our Hebrew.
This past week we began the day discussing Bar/Bat- Mitzvahs and related customs. The students got real creative and made their own skits surrounding the event. In Hebrew, we played broken telephone to learn some new words.
Our last class before the holidays, we revisited some life cycle terms, such as, brises, baby namings, as well as the terms Tzedakah and Mitzvot. We were lucky to have a visit from the Shinshinim from Israel, who played a fun game to learn about what we all have in common called,”Where the Wind Blows”. In Hebrew, we grouped Hebrew letters with their English letters that make the same sound. We also learnt the words brother and sister (Ach and Achot) through the game password. And lastly, we broke off into groups to create our own improvised skits, which included some Hebrew letters and sounds!
Have a lovely break!