Weekly Summary Page

Pre K Through 2nd Grade

September 19, 2021

We started our first class by getting to know each other, we shared our age, a fun fact, and something they were looking forward to learning at Sunday School this year! We then started with our High Holiday crash course. We talked about Rosh Hashanah and danced to Dip Your Apple and then created Shana Tova cards. We then read “The Hardest Word” and talked about the importance of saying sorry and Yom Kippur. Lastly, we finished by beginning to talk about Sukkot and creating paper chains to decorate a Sukkah.

September 26, 2021

We started with a check-in about our weeks and shared some fun things we did. We then jumped in by reading Engineer Ari and the Sukkah Express. We started learning about the Alef Bet this week, by the end of the year we will have learned all of the letters! Our first letter was Alef, we learned what it looks like, what sound it makes and we did some fun activities with it. We then learned about Simchat Torah and started decorating flags to dance with. We had so much fun at the Sukkot festivities! We bounced in a bouncy house, collected herbs and made Havdallah candles and even met some chickens!

October 3, 2021

We started our morning with the story of creation. Last week when we learned about Simchat Torah we learned that the first story in the Torah is Bereshit. We became illustrators and drew pictures for our own creation books. We then continued learning the Alef Bet, we sang our song, reviewed what we had learned about Alef last week and then learned all about the letter Bet. We learned it makes the same sound as the english letter B, the hebrew word for house (bayit) starts with bet, and we learned the yoga pose. We then played an alef bet yoga game.

October 24, 2021

We started learning about Shabbat this week! We read a couple of Shabbat stories and then worked on making our own. We talked about what things we usually use on Shabbat and went over the blessings. Then we worked on making our own Shabbat stories. Lastly, we learned the letter Gimmel and went over all of our Alef Bet yoga poses we have learned so far.

October 31, 2021

We continued learning about Shabbat this week! We read the Shabbat Box and then talked about all the things we would put in our own Shabbat box. Then we started making our own – we used model magic to make some challah and we decorated a plastic kiddush cup with glitter glue and paint. We then learned the letter Dalet, and practiced writing all the letters we have learned so far.

December 12, 2021

Today we reviewed all the letters of the Alef Bet we have learned so far. We reviewed what the letters look like, their name, and what sound they make. Then everyone made their own book that we can continue to add onto as we learn more letters! We practiced making the letters with play-doh too. After, we talked about Havdalah. We learned that Havdalah means “separation” and we have Havdalah to separate the holiness of Shabbat from the rest of the week. We talked about how we know it’s time for Havdalah (3 stars in the sky) and what we need for Havdalah and then we started learning the blessing. Lastly, we made a Havdalah House, look behind each window and door for a special Havdalah surprise!

December 19, 2021

Today we continued our conversation about Havdalah! We practiced the blessings and then made our own bisamim (spices) by sticking cloves in oranges. After that we learned two new letters (chet and tet). We practiced making the sound of chet and then played a game that helped us practice writing the letters we’ve learned so far. Lastly, we started talking about Tu Bishvat. Even though it’s cold and snowy here in Boston, in Israel spring is coming and the first trees will begin to bud and bloom.

January 9, 2022

Today we continued talking about Tu Bishvat. Even though it’s cold and snowy here in Massachusetts, in Israel the trees are starting to blossom and bloom! We used air dry clay to shape our own pots and the next time we are together we will paint them and plant in them. We then reviewed the letters we’ve learned so far of the Alef Bet and played Alef Bet freeze dance. Then we learned are next letter, yud, and played a memory game.

January 23, 2022

This week we continued our conversation about Tu Bishvat. We talked about how important trees are not just for the holiday but for our world and how it’s our job to make sure we are making the world a beautiful place for our generation and future generations. We then painted the pots we had made last class and planted some parsley. Remember to find a sunny spot in your house and water it daily! Lastly, we learned our next letter in the Alef Bet (kaf) and reviewed the previous letters we’ve learned with our Alef Bet song.

February 6, 2022

We spent the morning talking about tzedakah. What it means to give tzedakah and the difference between have and need. We talked about how in the Torah, G-d commanded us to do different mitvot and giving tzedakah is one of them. We then designed and created our own origami tzedakah boxes. We then practiced singing the Alef Bet and learned two new letters: lamed and mem.

Alexa Grasfield

Alexa Grasfield

Hi everyone! I’m Alexa Grasfield and I’m so excited to be joining Sunday School for Jewish Studies! I am currently in graduate school to become a Social Studies Teacher but I’ve worn many hats – Preschool Teacher, Pre-K Teacher, and currently a 4th and 5th-grade teacher. When I’m not teaching I like to hang out with my cat, read, and bullet journal. I’m looking forward to a great and very fun year ahead!