I am so thrilled to be teaching your children two classes this year!
We are already having a great time learning and growing with each other!
This year, In Judaics class, we will be exploring the most fundamental aspects of Judaism and the Torah.
We will be learning a lot. We will be learning through real life and hands on exploration. We will learn with meaning and depth.
I try to teach my classes using different mediums so that learning is a fully engaging, exciting and multi-sensory experience. After all, we all learn in different ways! In that spirit, we have been busy reading, discussing, singing, dancing, coloring and crafting Judaics all in this past week and a half.
We started off our year in the same way that Judaism teaches us we should start each day: with Gratitude. When we wake up, the Jewish custom is to Thank God for the gift of another beautiful day and everything else that we have. We learned this prayer and discussed what we are grateful for, whom we are grateful for and WHY we must be grateful. The Jewish people are actually called “YEHUDIM” which comes from the word “giving thanks.” (Yehuda, one of the 12 tribes was also named this due to his mother, Leah, giving thanks to G-d, whom we are all ultimately named after. It is in the essence of all Jewish people and the practice of the Torah to acknowledge what we have by being grateful for our blessings.)
We have begun to speak about the concept of blessings, prayer, and the Torah. Our classroom mini Torah is a treasured and well respected object in our class.
We also introduced the concept of a Mitzvah. What it means. What it is. What it looks like…
The kids gave examples of different Mitzvot that they know of or have done and we discussed why Mitzvot are important.
Then I wrote the class their first Mitzvah note, which we hung up. They were very excited!Please feel free to write your children Mitzvah notes to be brought in when they do something exceptional. A Mitzvah note is simply a short note that recognizes a child for having done a good deed.
Of course, we have also been learning all about the holidays. Rosh Hashanah, the new year and birthday of the world. and now Yom Kippur, a day to ask, receive and grant forgiveness.
Here is a song we listened to for the new year.
I am looking forward to the rest of the year with this wonderful group of learners!
All the best,