Can you believe it? We have made it through this crazy, wonderful year of Kindergarten!
It’s time to celebrate and have fun…hooray for hachofesh hagadol!
Next time you come to school it will be for Kita Alef!
If you are looking to brush up on your Hebrew skills this summer, you can visit JiTap where I have assigned level 2 of the alef-bet for practice and Hebrew reading preparation. If you are looking to practice writing, you can visit the distance calendar and check out our letter of the week slideshows with pictures and words with the Hebrew vocabulary we covered this year.
This week we will celebrate Israel’s 73rd birthday!
This special day is called Yom Ha’Atzmaut.
One of the special foods that people eat in Israel is Israeli salad. I know we eat salad here too, but in Israel, they make it a special way. They chop up the vegetables into tiny cubes and dress them very simply with olive oil, lemon juice and salt. It is healthy and delicious!
Here is the vocabulary for the salad in Hebrew:
Now that you know the words, we can sing one of my favourite songs together.
These are the actions:
Make the rhythm on your lap, clap twice for “salat”
Pretend to chop using one hand as the cutting board and the other as a knife “nachtoch ha yirakot”
Wave your right hand inward “agvaniah” left hand “melafefone.
Put both hands together at the elbows, joining fingertips to make a heart for “chasa”.
Make a circle shape with your two fingers “ve’ gam tzon”
Stick arms out in front then rub your fists on your eyes like you are crying “bazal…wahhh”
Repeat rhythm and clapping
Pretend to pour oil from your thumb “nosif shemen”
Turn both hands like you are squeezing lemon halves “limon”
Use pointer fingers to show salt falling “me’at melach”
Clap “salat tayim, salat bari” put hands out as an offering “ze tov” thumbs to chest “labriut she’li”
Here are my boys (much younger in Israel) demonstrating and teaching me!
I am so proud of the work, learning and enthusiasm of our Kindergarten students.
Not only did they blow us away during our model seders (as I’m sure they will at home for the real ones), but they have shown amazing growth in social skills during our Caught Being Kind initiative.
What does it mean to be caught being kind?
It is when students are noticed by their peers or a teacher doing what is right, helping a friend, being extra polite, being a leader, and going the extra mile to make someone else feel good.
Here in Kindergarten, we have been caught in many ways including helping zip our friends’ coats, giving compliments, helping to clean up after an activity, making cards, pictures, or necklaces for our classmates and teachers, following our classroom rules and showing exemplary behaviour.
Students were acknowledged both in the moment and at the end of the week with a special visit from Mrs. Gordon. She presented them with a golden heart and certificate of kindness.
This year KA will be having a Model Seder on Tuesday, March 23rd, and KB on Wednesday, March 24th. We will begin in the morning during our Judaics class. As it is a special event, students are welcome to come dressed up.
For the day of our Model Seder each student is asked to bring the following items (in addition to a regular snack/lunch):
1 hard-boiled egg (peeled and wrapped please)
1 or 2 small celery sticks
1 leaf of romaine lettuce
The remainder of the Seder ingredients, such as egg matzah, horseradish, NUT FREE charoset, and grape juice, will be provided.
*Should you have any concerns regarding food allergies, please provide your child with his/her own food.