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Good Morning, Good Choices

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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.

Kids Collaborating

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We finished reading and discussing A Happy Birthday? We discussed why the Torah compares embarrassing someone to murder. We gave the girl on our computer screen red cheeks.

Students practiced spelling story words appreciate, happiness and gorgeous.

We began a new Jewish story called Responsibility. Students made good guesses about why an 8 year old boy was the one in charge of his siblings. Chavie thought it might be to teach him responsibility – but Naama and Michal pointed out that he is already responsible. Dena said maybe because he is the oldest in his family. We discussed how often more is expected of a child who is the oldest.

We delved into the vocabulary of the term deaf-mute. Students guessed that the reason these two conditions often go together is that a person learns to speak by hearing others speak.

In the next class we will learn how the mitzvah of honoring parents applies to the narrator of this story.

In Aleph Beis Class we studied letters kaf through sav.

We practiced writing the tes, yud, kaf, chaf, chaf sofit and lamed.

Chaf sofit appears only at the end of a word.

The dot in the middle of some letters is called a dagesh.

Yud is for Yair!

Tes is for Tes Teves – Moshe’s birthday!

Shuvi invented a game of Connecting the Dots with the aleph beis!

Students worked together to connect the dots.

When we, from different parts of the world, all work and learn together, we are collaborating.

It’s great to collaborate to learn Torah!

My first week of classes

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 Tuesday:

 My first class is a Kids’ Jewish Book Club. I prepared a story about a boy who pretended that he needed glasses, to get attention. All my points for discussion were carefully documented in Word.

My book with the story went missing.

I chose a new Chaim Walder story on the spot, because the kidsthat arrived in my class were younger than the age group I expected. It was about two girls who planned their birthday parties for the same date at the same time, and invited the same guests. I read and we discussed the concepts and lots of vocabulary. Also the idea of Veahavta Lereacha Kamocha.

The kids are amazing! They participated fully, typing remarks into the chat box or clicking to talk into their microphones..

We stopped at suspenseful point, and talked about what that means.

We also learned about a narrator, a publication date and where in a book it can be found.

Wednesday:

In Aleph Beis class, we determined that some kids know all the letters, and some kids know a few letters.

We identified aleph, beis, veis, gimmel and dalet among other symbols and among all of these letters.

 We explained that beis and bet are the same letter – there are two ways to say it.

Same with veis and vet.

We learned the correct way to write the aleph and the beis, and we practiced writing these letters step by step.

The students were very considerate of giving one another space on the screen to write their letters. They all typed or spoke into their mics.

We said that whoever wants can practice writing the aleph and the beis until the next class.

Thursday:

We read Is It Shabbos Yet? by Ellen Emerman.

Friday is a special day because it is Erev Shabbos. We talked about ways we help our parents get ready for Shabbos. Some of our students know how to mop or bake challah! In Israel we wash the floor with a sponga stick and a cloth dipped into a pail of water.

We drink wine or grape juice, and eat challah on Shabbos. We eat other special foods too. In our story, Malkie helped make chicken soup, chicken and salad. Our students said they enjoy challah, pasta and chocolate cake!

Some people give tzedaka before lighting Shabbos candles. We explained how the money gets to the needy. (Needy people need things like money and food and clothes. Baruch Hashem – thank G-d, we have all these things, but some people need them.)

When all the work is done and the Shabbos candles are lit, then it’s finally Shabbos. And we can say Good Shabbos!