The main goal of our Hebrew classes for the last two weeks was to introduce the letters zayin and tet.
When we introduced the letter tet, we noticed that the sound of the letter tet is the same sound as the letter tav. We agreed that it’s a little bit confusing but as the children said, “even in English we have the letter ‘c’ that sometimes sounds like the letter ‘k’.”
Students are able to recognize the letter zayin in the words Zebra and Zachal (caterpillar), and the letter tet in the words Talit, Tavas (peacock), Telephone and Tractor.
We had a wonderful time learning about these two letters. For the letter zayin we read the story “HaZachal Haraev” (The Hungry Caterpillar). We were so excited to read this familiar story in Hebrew because we recognized so many words!
We then introduced the words Zeh (“this is,” masculine) and Zot (“this is,” feminine), and for the letter tet we learned the words Tov (“good,” masculine) and Tova (“good,” feminine”). This is a very complicated and sophisticated concept, and we will continue practicing these words. We also learned the verb Zocher (remember) and practiced making sentences!
For the letter zayin we had a great time turning the letter into the head of a Zebra and the letter tet into a Talit and Tavas (peacock). These projects will be part of our special book that will be coming home at the end of the year.
Finally we practiced writing these new letters with sand and chalk!
We have also had fun getting ready to celebrate Purim! We’ve heard and told the story, and talked about the four mitzvot of Purim. We will also be making hamantaschen to celebrate the holiday. We’ve been sure to practice being silly for Adar by wearing fun hats and hairstyles.
As always, it is such a pleasure to learn with and from your children.