4th Grade: Kelsey’s Update

Dear Parents,

This year students will be learning out of two different curriculums.  On Sundays, they learn out of the Explorer’s Bible and on Wednesdays they learn out of Jewish Holidays, Jewish Values.

The Explorer’s Bible

This month’s learning objectives were:

-Students will be able to suggest what might have given the Israelites the courage to move forward.

-Students will be able to identify the biblical source of the prayer Mi Chamocha.

-Students will be able to explain that the account of leaving Egypt demonstrates that there are times when we must turn to our faith in G-d and in ourselves to give us courage to face challenging situations.

-Recount how the Israelites received the Ten Commandments.

-Compare and contrast the Israelites’ mood and behavior while Moses is on the mountain the first time, to their mood and behavior the second time he is on the mountain.

-Explain how the account of receiving G-d’s laws reminds us that we are a holy nation and must act accordingly.  

The first chapter was titled, “The Great Miracle.”  Students learned about the Israelites leaving a life of slavery in Egypt.  They had to think like how the Israelites thought during and after their escape.  The core concept was that there are times we must act based on our faith and trust in G-d and in ourselves.  The second chapter we covered was titled, “G-d’s Gift.” In this chapter, students learned about when Moses received the ten commandments and what happened when he returned.  Students were split into groups to discuss the ten commandments, and if they would keep them in that order, as well as discussing the laws that G-d gave to the people later and how they could be interpreted today.  

Jewish Holidays, Jewish Values

This month’s learning goals were:

-Experience Rosh Hashanah rituals and traditions

-Explore how these rituals and traditions help us to make new beginnings

-Discuss the mitzvah of forgiveness and how they can fulfill this mitzvah in their lives.

The first chapter was about Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  Right now students are only focusing on Rosh Hashanah. Students shared their family traditions and wrote a short prayer about how they would like to act in the upcoming year.

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Thank you!

Kelsey Toetschinger