Kindergarten News


Dear Parents,
The last two weeks have  been short weeks due to the holidays, Yom Kippur and Sukkot, and yet very busy. In Hebrew our new letter is the letter “zion”. Friday we will begin the day as usual with Aleph Bet Kef (Fun With The Aleph Bet). Aleph Bet Kef are games and activities designed to review and support the learning of the Hebrew letters we have covered so far in class. The letters the kindergarteners have covered so far are shin, bet, vet, gimel, dales, hey, vov and zion. The kindergarteners have also been busy practicing writing their names in Hebrew.
The class has enjoyed eating both snack and lunch in the Sukkah! The kindergarteners each made a paper sukkah, each one unique and beautiful. We have also been working on the Hebrew names for various fruits and vegetables in honor of Sukkot.
After Simchat Torah we will begin the Parsha/Torah portion of our curriculum. We will begin with an introduction to the Torah –
that is how a Torah is made, learning about a Sofer Stam and that there are five books. The kindergarteners will be learing the parashot then acting out the story, using what they have learned. For Parashat Beresheet we will also be using songs and games as part of the learning. The kindergarteners will return again to this parsha later in the year to study this parsah in greater depth and detail.The addition of Torah to our program expands and enriches the program. The Torah stories will literally come alive in our classroom!
The new songs have been HaSukkah, Bonim Sukkah, Etz Chaim, Al Shlosha Devarim and Torah Torah.
Mazal Tov to Rivkah Neimah and Avraham David!!!! The kindergarten class had fun celebrating their class birthday party!

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