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2nd Grade Blog                                                            March 18, 2018

A lot of our day was spent talking about prayers, and what kinds of things are appropriate to ask God for help with and what weren't. The students all sorted a dozen cards into two piles, and then we talked about which prayers were best. 

Throughout the day we also listened to Passover songs.

In Hebrew we played Simon Says and learned about Dalet.

Jason read a book called Hoppy Passover to the class.

I will not be in next week, and wish all of you a Happy Passover!


2nd Grade Blog - Pajamantaschen!                     February 11, 2018

We had a great turnout for the first ever Pajamantaschen this past Sunday. An enthusiastic crew of kids, parents, grandparents, and younger siblings joined Madrich Jason Gardiner and me in making hamantaschen.  Many of the students and some of the adults wore pajamas and brought stuffed animals. None of us had ever made hamantaschen before.  My wife, Jennifer, found a super easy (and sticky) recipe online and we broke into five groups to make our cookies. As you look at the pictures from our adventure you'll see how engaged everybody was!

It was lots of fun! The hamentaschen were so good that some families went home and made more! Here's the recipe:

2nd Grade Blog                                                       February 4, 2018

Our second grade had a great session this Sunday. We started off by talking about David and Goliath while working on a giant floor puzzle.

From there we talked about next week's family event. The class let me know what fillings they'd like in the hamantaschen we're going to make on February 11th. Then the class got even more excited when I told them we'd also have Pajama Day. The children made  invitations to bring home. We're calling the event Pajamataschen!

Throughout the day we listened to lots of Jewish music. We learned the letter Vet today, and ended our time by reading a book about Purim

Have a great week.

2nd Grade Blog                                                     Sunday, January 7, 2018

It was great to see so many students on Sunday. We spent a lot of time on Avodah, being God's partner in making the world a better place. The students went to three stations and discussed Avodah at home, at school, and in the community. 

We read a book called Too Much Noise, and also made resolutions for the upcoming year. One resolution many of the students made was to bring back their Hebrew books!

Congratulations to the five students from our class who are in the Purim Shpiel! All the students who are working hard to make the Shpiel a success are able to come for free to the CKH Super Bowl party!

2nd Grade Blog                                                 December 17, 2017

We had a busy final day of Hebrew school before our two-week Winter break starts. We started off by reviewing Hebrew with all the students, reading up to page 26 in our work books. Children should review during Break. Please be sure they bring back their books for the first Sunday in January.

After reviewing Hebrew we went to the reading area where the children listened to the book called The Kvetch Who Stole Hanukkah. It was based on Dr. Seuss's famous book The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.

Then we had our Hanukkah party. The children ate mini-latkes and made mini-menorahs out of a phone kit, and got to play dreidel one last time together as a class.

I hope everyone has a good few weeks off during school vacation. We will see everyone back on January 7th


2nd Grade Blog                                                        December 10, 2017

Thank you to Sara Zaientz for spearheading a kickoff to our activities this past Sunday. Sara is one of our room parents and had the idea of connecting loving acts of kindness with the holiday season. As part of our lesson she passed out M&Ms to each child, but each child did not receive the same amount of M&Ms. This led to a conversation among the children about whether or not it is fair that different people receive different amounts of things in life, which let us into a discussion of charity and how people who have more can help people who have less, and also led to the conversation that people who have less can even help people who have less than they do.

This activity was followed buy a reading of the classic Hanukkah story called "Latkes all Around." In this story a peddler wanders into a town and manages to get arguing families to agree to make latkes together instead of choosing one Grandma's recipe over another Grandma's recipe

We followed this up by reviewing in our Hebrew books the letters that are on the dreidel. The class then played real games of dreidel and I had a lot of fun spinning and eating the jelly beans we used as ante.

Throughout the day we listen to various Hanukkah songs. This upcoming Sunday this class will be making menorahs, playing dreidel, listening to a Hanukkah story, and eating some latkes 


2nd Grade Blog                                                           December 3, 2017

Hanukkah is almost here! Today started off with the students all spinning dreidels. I was able to teach a few of our students the proper snapping motion with two fingers and two of the girls were especially delighted to actually get their dreidels spinning well We told the children that the dreidel was the original fidget spinner! From there we looked at the letters on the dreidel and then found them in our Hebrew books.


We spent the next half an hour going through our Hebrew books and reviewing all the Hebrew we learned and learning about the new letters. After Hebrew, we then went to the reading rug where the children enjoyed a reading of the story  Herschel and the Hanukkah Goblins. After that, the class returned to our working tables where we made Hanukkah cards for the CKH college students. Next week, we will be doing more Hanukkah activities!


2nd Grade Blog                                            November 19, 2017

We had our family experience the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Thank you to those parents who took the time to come in and experience some of what we have been learning in our class in terms of G'milut Chasadim, acts of kindness. 

We learned about Rabbi Ben Bag Bag, and his phrase that we need to turn it, turn it, turn it again, in reference to the Torah and how we can learn life lessons from the Torah. We had three stations in which stories were shared and the students and parents, going along with our module theme, discussed the acts of kindness contained within the Torah story. We ended the day by having parents and students perform skits reflecting some of the eight different kinds of kindness that we are focusing our lessons on, and the other groups then had to guess which acts of kindness were being shown.



2nd Grade Blog                                                       October 22, 2017

Look what 2nd Grade was up to this week! A welcome quilt for Rabbi Tuling!



2nd Grade Blog                                             October 15, 2017

This past Sunday saw us focusing for the first time on the concept of G'milut Chasidim. G'milut Chasadim is the Jewish practice of doing loving acts of kindness for people around you in order to make the world a better place. We read a classic story by Patricia Polacco, called Mrs. Katz and Tush. In the story, an older woman is befriended by her younger neighbors after her husband dies and they convince her to adopt a cat with no tail. Mrs. Katz then calls the cat Tush.

We spent time afterwards reviewing acts of love and kindness that your children can do around the house to help your house be a better place. They talked about turning off the lights, helping put away their dishes, putting away their laundry, and going to bed when they are supposed to.

We will continue to explore the concept of acts of loving-kindness over the next few weeks. We will be having a family activity on November 19th and all of you are invited to attend.


2nd Grade Blog                                             September 17, 2017

Second grade had a very arts and craftsy second week of Sunday School. After finishing our story about Rosh Hashanah, the children made Shana Tova cards to give to a special member of their family. In conjunction with the book, we talked about how people should do nice things for other people since that's what the rabbi was doing in the story. Next week we will continue that discussion as the children talk about things they can do that would be nice for other people in their households

After the Rosh Hashanah discussion and card-making, we took out our brand new Hebrew alphabet books. The two letters the children worked on this week are the letters bet and tav. We talked about how the letters look similar and that the children would have to note which of the letters had an opening on the bottom and which had an opening on the side. Each week we will be looking at one or two different Hebrew letters of the alphabet leading towards later in the year when the children will start reading some words.

We concluded our Sunday school activities by making "sukkah snakes" to be hung up outside in our synagogue's sukkah

L'shana Tovah!


2nd Grade Blog                                                  September 10, 2017

It was great to meet the children in our 2nd grade class this past Sunday. In our brief "getting to know you" time, the students showed great imagination and enthusiasm when talking about what God looks like to them. We started reading a Rosh Hashanah story together about a mysterious Rabbi who disappears every year for the entire day before the Jewish New Year. The class made some interesting predictions, and we will definitely be finding out the truth this upcoming Sunday. 

Also on tap, we'll be making l'shana tova cards, sukkah decorations, and start learning the Hebrew alphabet. 

Thank you to those of the parents who were able to stop by and meet me. See you Sunday!


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