Our class is bustling with preparation for our milestone event, The Chumash Ceremony! Excitement is palpable in the air! Putting the finishing touches on our study of the story of Avram and Sarai, memorizing lines and practicing appropriate expression for our detective skit, excitedly preparing costumes and helping classmates complete their costumes are the activities of the day. Each third grader has written a beautiful metaphor about Torah to be shared at the ceremony. The comparisons that the students have so vividly described range from Torah being magic to miracles to knowledge to bravery. We look forward to sharing these with you very soon; you are in for a treat!
CREATING A VISUAL EXPRESSION OF TORAH METAPHOR
DRAMATIC EXPRESSION PRACTICE – MYSTERY OF AVRAM’S DISAPPEARANCE
We are currently learning about TuB’Shevat, the new year of the trees.We are learning the Hebrew vocabulary for many of the words of the water and plant cycles in addition to getting to know a number of songs and blessings on these themes. We revisited our “friends” Hillel and Shamai, the ancient scholars for a discussion about when the new year of the trees should be celebrated. We had learned about their theories of how the Chanukah candles should be lit. The third graders are getting the sense that most often we follow the ideas of Hillel in our Jewish practice.
IDENTIFYING TU B’SHEVAT CUSTOMS
BLESSINGS ASSOCIATED WITH THE WATER AND PLANT CYCLES
WE HAVE SO MUCH TO BE THANKFUL FOR!