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Reading Recordings for Week of Dec. 2-9

Believe it or not, but we are moving on to our third sound this week…  on WEDNESDAY! WOW!!!!

It is such a joy to see the students’ excitement about recording themselves… They request to hear each other regularly. The beauty of it is that we learn to edit ourselves, as we listen to the recotdings.  

Twice a week we have Morah Batya or Morah Sigal come to assist us. They will be using the recordings one-on-one or in small groups (up to 4) to help focus on the sounds that students require pracice in. 

Please do the December readings in 1A1B

We also have a link to a  Words We Know in Hebrew’ flipgrid. This is a request made by the students, which of course, I was happy to go along with – anything to encourage them talking in Hebrew… 😉  In this Flipgrid they can show objects, a picture they drew, something they built, baked/cooked, etc… and say what it is in Hebrew.  They can make a sentence with the word, or just the word itself.  this is NOT HOMEWORK. It is only there for them to have fun with at school and at home.  We will of course check it out in class once in a while.

Here are my recordings:

Monday – P.13 – Tee & Chee

Tuesday – P.14 – story ‘Hapil’

Wednesday – Book 3 – P.1 – Oh & Toh

Thursday – P.2 – Loh & Choh

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Reading Recordings for Nov 25-29 (and this time the kids record as well…)

We are continuing to read the “EE vowel” –  חיריק

This week I would like to begin having the students record themselves reading at home. We already did it in class, so they know what is required of them.

The idea behind it is that  each student can see his/her own growth throughout the year.

This does not need to be during the reading of the homework itself. It can be done during the weekend.

I would like them to record themselves at least twice a month (if they choose to do so more often, they are welcome to it).

For now, I created a space in Flipgrid for this and will provide a new link each month. 

For this last week of November please record in 1A or 1B depending on the class you are in. For the less Tech savvy amongst us, if you click on the 1A or 1B above it would take you to the Flipgrid.

Once in the students need to input their ID:  Alef.??? (???=Name).

Then students record and when done they take a selfie, or a photo of something else, add some fun emoji’s and send to me (the little spaceship).

You can assist your child by doing the filming for them – If you do, please make sure I see how they follow the words with their finger or with another tool that helps them (e.g, the ‘paper window’ I recommended a number of you). 

Please make sure they say the page number and read a few lines. I allow up to 1.5 minutes of reading at this assignment. It is a quick intake of how they are doing at the moment.

Here are this weeks recordings:

Monday – p.9 Fee & Pee

Tuesday – p.10 Hee & See

Wednesday – p.11 Vee

Thursday – p.12 Zee & Chee

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What a Fun Week Awaits Us… + Reading Recordings for Week of Nov. 18-22

This Tuesday we are invited to see the play ‘The Woodland Rescue’ by the Ottawa Children’s Theatre at Nepean High School.

I need to share, that I am particularly excited (and proud), as my daughter is one of the 3 grade 12 students who wrote and directed this play. 

We will be leaving school to walk over at 13:30 and return before pick-up. 

... and on Wednesday 1B is going to have some fun baking at Hillel Lodge…

We are looking forward to sharing our baked goods with the rest of the class.

…and we may even begin ‘ktav’ (hebrew cursive…) shhhh…. don’t tell anyone… 😉

… and on time this week …

Please use these recordings to assist your child with his/her quality of reading. Combining auditory with visual review helps recall sounds better and in this case will also assist in gaining an Israeli accent :).  

Here are the recordings for this week’s reading:

Monday – P5 mee & nee

Tuesday – P6 dee & lee

Wednesday – P7 kee & ree

Thursday – P8 shee & bee


Posted in Grade 1 Reading, Homework, Jewish Studies

Tonight’s Reading Recording

We finished book 1! Woohoo! 

Celebrating in stations tomorrow👍

Starting book 2 tonight. We introduced sound in class and read over it, as we always do. Kids (most of them) are excited to start the new book and so am I.  Line 7 in this book is a proper full sentence, so I read it twice in the recordings.

Tonight’s sounds are Ee and Yee:


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Reading for Week of November 4th to 8th

Wow! This week we are finishing our first reading booklet! sooo exciting! 

Monday: p. 17 – sound Z & Zah

Tuesday: p. 18 – sound Tz & Tzah

Wednesday: p.19 – sound Ch & Chah revisited (chaf sofit – the only end letter that has a ‘ah’ sound attached to it)

Thursday (for Monday): p.20 – Ballon Chadash

Happy Reading.

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Proud Teacher Moment

What an amazing feeling it is to walk in on my students during recess and find  a few of them playing (IN HEBREW) a game I used with them yesterday to practice hebrew vocabulary.

They truly exemplify OJCS’s star – “We own our own learning. We own our own stories.”

And to make matters BETTER. As I was writing about this, I heard my students using the Hebrew song I taught them for lining up during transition time in another class. 

My heart feels so fulfilled at this moment! My dream (having OJCS students using Hebrew NOT ONLY in Hebrew class) is coming true… 

I am truely soooo proud!


Posted in Homework, Ivrit, Jewish Studies Reading

Back to a full week – HURRAY!

Now that the holidays are really behind us, we are so excited to get back into the groove of regular routines and familiar expectations.

This week the students are excited to begin taking turns as the classroom helpers (2 from each class). They will be running the morning routine (day of the week, date, weather), watering our plants, leading the class in line-ups, setting the table for Shabbat, leading the T’filot/songs for Kabbalat Shabat, and more…

There are 3 reading pages this week (back to 4 starting next week). I am reminding you that it is the daily practice (5-10 minutes max a day) that greatly assists your children to become great readers… no matter the language.

They do not need to read the entire page. If that is too difficult, or takes too long, have them listen to my recording and repeat after me, while following the words with their finger and eyes. It is important they look at the word that is read, not just hear it… so they recognize the sounds. Then they can read a few lines, or chosen words.

The homework is for the students, but it is required that someone hears them, as it is important they read aloud. For some it is also very important that the adult reading with them focuses them back to the page to look at the letter/sound/word, as they read.

Again, please make sure finger (or pointer) is under the word being read. Another option is to cut-out a little rectangle  in a piece of paper and have them move it along as they read – see example:

Also, please remember to sign their booklets daily, so they receive the letter stamp when reading in class.

Following are this week’s readings:

Monday – p.14 Sound Ah

Tuesday – p.15 sounds Pah and Fah

Wednesday – p.16 sound Kah


Posted in Ivrit, Reminders, Uncategorised

Kabbalat Shabbat Schedule

Throughout the year OJCS grades K to 5 invite families to join in for Kabbalat Shabbat.

Please note the following dates for Kita Alef’s OJCS Kabbalat Shabbat, as we would love to see you there (grandparents are welcome as well):

Grade 1     

10-Jan-2020 at 1:30 PM  

15-May-2020 at 3:15 PM


Grades K through 5: 

7-Feb-2020 at 2:30 PM   

12-Jun-2020 at 3:15PM