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.
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.
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 1Aor1Bdepending 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.
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 :).
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.
Continuing with Tishrei holidays, another short week ahead, as we review Yom Kippur and begin Sukkot. There is a lot of talking about the meaning of saying sorry to friends and family and how can we use kind words to communicate better with each other… when we need our own space, or want to play different games, etc… It warms my heart how kind and caring of each other Kitah Alef is. I am so proud of each and every one of them.