February is all about family in Kindergarten Hebrew class. We have been celebrating our families by learning the names of our family members in Hebrew (דָּוִד דּוֹדָה אֲנִי אבּא אִמָּא אָח אָחוֹת תִּינוֹק תִּינֹקֶת קָטָן קְטַנָּה גָּדוֹל גְּדוֹלָה סבּא סָבְתָא), singing, speaking, writing in Hebrew, drawing and even sculpting our families from Plasticine.
Our yeladim have taken learning to a whole new level! Instead of having an assisting role, they are now leading our morning routing as the (חזן חזנית) chazzan/chazzanit and (עוזר עוזרת עם הלוח השנה) ozer/ozeret im haluach hashanah.
They are also becoming experts at printing their Hebrew names, thanks to a part of our new morning routine!
We have also been immersed in learning the story of Jacob (Yaakov) and had so much fun building ladders to heaven after hearing the story of his dream. We raced to gather the maklot (sticks) and then built sulamim (ladders) and counted the rungs in Hebrew to see who’s was the tallest. It was amazing to see all of the different designs! We have some incredible engineers!
Now, we are using them to learn the names for our feelings in Hebrew.
We played Bingo and are learning a traditional Hebrew song. It is perfect for Kindergarteners. In it we sing about how sometimes we feel different things (angry, happy, hungry, full, big, small, sweet and sour…), but that doesn’t change who we are.
You can hear it here:
Please visit this Flipgrid code using the link below to practice with your child using their emotion masks.
We hope that you have all been enjoying the celebrations at home!
The yeladimילדים have certainly been enjoying learning about the Chagim.
For Rosh Hashanah, some of our highlights were: creating beautiful holiday placemats, while learning new holiday vocabulary like tapuach, d’vash, and shofar.
We did our very own tashlich, and threw styrofoam balls onto our carpet (with fish and water), ridding ourselves of all the things we wish to change for the new year. Some of those things were:
hitting my brother/sister, not listening to my Mommy/Daddy, getting angry/frustrated…
For Yom Kippur, we learned the story of Jonah and the Whale and the yeladim acted it out using their own storyboard, where they added pictures as the story progressed. After, we spoke about how Jonah couldn’t hide from G-d, because G-d is everywhere.
We made a scale and separated behaviours that are tov (good) and lo tov (not good), discussed the importance of selichotסליחות (saying sorry to our family and friends), and made a card telling a family member that we are sorry from the bottom of our heart!
Now we are learning about Sukkot, building and eating in a Sukkah סוכה and the ארבּעת המינים (lulav and etrog). We learned a new Hebrew song and hammered with musical sticks to the music.
Patish, masmer פטיש, מסמר
Nikach maher ניקח מהר.
Sukkah livnot סוכה לבנות,
Banim ou banot בנים ובנות.
La la la la la la la la…
Krasim, nikah קרשים ניקח
V’anafim l’schach וענפים לסכך
Caset h’gag קשט הגג
Lichvod ha’chag לכבוד החג.
La, la, la, la, la…..
Kaneh, kaneh, קנה, קנה,
Sukah nivneh סוכה נבנה.
Krashim nikah קרשים ניקח,
Knei’suf l’schach קני סוף לסכך.
Maher, maher מהר, מהר,
Pan n’aher פן נאחר,
Ayin faiyni chachot אין פנאי חכות,
Maher sukkot מחר סוכות
Tach, tach, tach….
You can practice with the Hop version here:
We also created cute leaf creatures and welcome signs to hang in the Sukkah as decorations.