This year’s K-1 class have been learning Hebrew letters, prayers and holidays. They know the letters in Shabbat and can sing the Shema. We have been learning stories from the Bible and using them to talk about big questions like how do you treat others. We have also been exploring our big ideas through guided, purposeful play. ~ Josh Weisbuch
The fourth and fifth graders have been learning about Jewish history through the lense of geography. We have enjoyed 4 classes so far, and the enthusiasm and energy of this group makes each class full of surprises.
Each session begins with a general geography review. Using a giant world map, we are focusing not only on locations that are central to what we are discussing each week, but also their relative locations, and basic map concepts. This warm-up allows the students to review what they have learned the previous week, and scaffold upon that foundation.
Welcome to the History of Israel through Maps! This class uses maps as a springboard for learning and discussion of the history of Israel. We’ve had 7 classes so far, and already closing in on the year (roughly) 70 A.D. Here’s a peek at what we’ve covered so far.
Every year, our group in junior congregation says goodbye to the seventh graders, as the newly established B'nei Mitzvah class moves upstairs. For the first time in two years, we welcome new students into our youth service as well. Six second and third graders joined our ranks, donning tallit and holding tabbed siddurs, beginning their journey towards their own b'nei mitzvah.
To support this new group, my focus in these first few months is two-fold.
Hi KI Families! We had a great first class this week as we began to explore social issues that are important to us.
I started class with a warm-up to get everyone comfortable with each other.
Understanding social issues through the lens of Jewish history
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