Grade 1 enjoyed so much learning the motions for Kadesh Urchatz, a few of them asked if they can teach the motions for the 10 plagues. Of course I said yes, and asked if they want to come teach the Grdae 4s. They proudly said yes and on Friday came to teach Kitah Dalet the motions. Reciprocation is so wonderful… 🙂
#We Learn Better Together
…and here is a video of them demonstrating it so we can all practice it at home.
As part of our preparations for the Model Seder at Hillel lodge, all students will present something throughout the Haggadah (explanations, riddles, song, etc…). Here we see 3 of our students using a video to teach us the signs for ‘Kadesh Urchatz’.
Kitah Dalet, please use it to practice at home.
The great thing is that now I can use it to teach my Kitah Alef students as well, and of course I will spread the word, so maybe other grades will use it as well.
This week your homework has more information about Pesach. Listen to the part and then answer the question at the end. I added the questions here on the blog, for your convenience. You may answer directly in the comment part of the blog, or in your ‘machberet.’ Try your best. 👍
Monday’s question is:
מה הם שלושת החגים בהם עלה עם ישראל לרגל, לבית המקדש?
This year Kitah Dalet will be running a Model Seder at Hillel Lodge, for the residents from our ‘Vehadartah Pnei Zaken’ program, as well as other residents who wish to join us.
The Seder will take place Monday, April 15th at 2:15pm. Please let me know by Monday, April 1st (tomorrow is even better), if your child will be away, as each child will receive a part to be in charge of and present during the Seder.
On top of reading the part, this project will involve giving some explanation of meaning and background as to why it is part of the Haggadah.
We went through the songs today and as always, I enjoyed listening to their beautiful singing.
We are excited to share with you that the grade 4 class is starting an exciting program called והדרת פני זקן(Vehadarta P’nei Zaken: ‘Respect the Elderly’ ). It is an intergenerational program that will link the children with residents at Hillel Lodge. The goal of Vehadarta P’nei Zaken is to provide the children with an enriching opportunity to establish a relationship with an elderly person and learn about his/her lifetime achievements. In return, the Hillel residents will have the opportunity to get to know a young person.
This project is done in cooperation between the Judaic and General studies teachers. In groups of twos, the students will be devising a list of interview questions in class. They will then be assigned a resident to interview and get to know better. We will have several opportunities to get together with the residents to ask these questions and learn about their lifetime achievements.
As well as the interview we will have other opportunities to share time together, (such as Shabbat, Sedder tu-Bishvat, Passover Sedder, lunch time chat/games, etc…) build a rapport with the residents and thusenhance the students’ appreciation of the elderly, while engaging in this worthwhile activity.
A final presentation will be prepared both in class (Language Arts, Judaics) and at home to be presented to the residents and then displayed at Hillel lodge.
The students and us are very enthusiastic about this program and are looking forward to getting started.
My biggest challenge as a language teacher is to get the students to speak more freely and to not be afraid of making mistakes.
As we add vocabulary, we often do little projects/activities that encourage speaking and it is often after the fact that I wish it was filmed, both to share on the blog, but more importantly so the students can watch themselves and learn from their mistakes…
They are happy to act out skits… but usually want to read… they are happy to play games… but want the structured sentence and to just fill in the missing word…. I so want them to take more risks and make mistakes… and learn from them…
The few times I did film our activities we learned a lot from it… and respecting my students wishes I will not share everything here as they are not yet comfortable with others hearing them speak… but here are few examples worth sharing, although they do not have the feedback part of learning from their mistakes, I am proud of sharing their first steps…
Press the following link – על – תחת – על יד – to see the students practicing the use of on, under, beside,etc… and names of colours. They were grouped in pairs, and received coloured cubes and an ipad. One was filming and giving instructions and the other had to build with cubes accordingly. It was quite challenging, but a fun way to encourage both talking and using active listening for comprehension.
Upon coming back from their winter holiday, the students received a project to tell us about it. Most of the students chose to use slides to present, others created a poster, made an album, or created an i-movie. They had a lot to say, and only this past week we ended the presentations. Follow these links – 1. Album presentation 2. movie to hear two of the presentations….