We learned about the prayer Elokai Neshama. Hashem does an amazing thing – returns our soul all the way back into our body each morning. our neshama is tehora – good and pure. Even if we did something not so good yesterday, today Hashem trusts us to make better choices.
Students used the virtual classroom tools to draw children who were happy to greet a brand new day with a neshama tehora. They were ready to make good choices on the brand new day that Hashem gave them.
Every morning we say a special bracha for the Torah because we are so happy to have the Torah and learn Torah. A long time ago we had the beis hamikdash, Hashem’s special house. Hashem lived there and we felt that Hashem was right here with us. But it went away because the Jews did some wrong things. One thing the Jews did is forget to say the bracha for the Torah and remember how special the Torah is.
Students drew open Torah scrolls with writing, and closed Torah scrolls with special coverings like in shul.
We reviewed all the letters out of order.
We wrote all the letters aleph through zayin.
We learned about the kamatz, and how we combine its sound with the sound of each letter, and we practiced with letters aleph through hay.
Students used the board to practice writing letters with and without the kamatz.
We finished reading Responsibility. We learned abbout the Gulf War in 1991, where in Israel, Uri chose to overcome his fears and care for his whole family because his parents were deaf and mute. Uri also translated to his father into sign language what his teacher said about Uri. We talked about whether these things are too much responsibility for a child, Students said yes, but that in these cases there was no choice. We cannot always choose the situations we are in, but we can choose a proper response.
Spelling words included shoulder, strength and accept.
Assembly was a vocabulary word. It derives from the word assemble.
We learned what a simile is.
Uri honored his parents every day in unique ways.
Uri asks us not to laugh at a person like his father, who may appear strange.
One student drew Uri’s father without a ears or a mouth, representing his challenges of being deaf and mute.