First Grade Jewish Studies

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As I explained at Back to School Night, the Jewish Calendar is my Jewish Studies curriculum guide.  Therefore, we have studied about Rosh Hodesh (new month) Tishrei, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  My favorite story to share is The Hardest Word by Jacqueline Jules.  The ability to say “sorry” is the main idea of the story.  Apologizing is not easy at any age.  Doing teshuvah (turning around one’s behavior) is a central aspect of the holiday.  It is equally important for us to be able to forgive.  It never ceases to amaze me how even these young learners understand this concept.  Sharing many versions of Jonah and the big fish is always fun since we imagine what we could do inside the belly to get out.  We have started to use a copy of the Siddur which they will receive at their ceremony next year.  So far, we have reviewed the Tefilllah (prayers) from kindergarten of Modeh Ani, Mah Tovu, La’asok b’divrei Torah, and the Shema and its Blessings as well as the Shabbat blessings.

Wishing you all a sweet new year.

Myrna Glikman