Kitah Gan: Letters to Parents

October 28, 2018

Dear Gan Parents,

I understand Jonathan Golner very much enjoyed his day in the Gan class last Sunday!  He spent most of the day talking about Tzedakah after reading  How Dalia Put a Big Yellow Comforter Inside a Tiny Blue Box:  And Other Wonders of Tzedakah.

Tzedakah is a really important Hebrew word that means taking care of people who need help.  Sometimes we give presents, or even money to people that need our help, like Dalia and her friends gave a butterfly bush to Mrs. Ross.  That’s called tzedakah.  Sometimes, people collect money and coins in little banks called tzedakah boxes, or pushkes, and all the money in these little tzedakah boxes goes to someone who needs it.

Today , I gave all the children small pouches with their Hebrew names on them.  The children can use these to bring coins to school on Sundays for our class Tzedakah.  We had a lengthy discussion about what we could do with the coins we collect.  There was a lot of talk about endangered species.  It is no surprise that children have such a soft spot for animals.

Today, we spent most of our day talking about the Shema and Modeh Ani prayers as we illustrated our first two pages of our very own Siddur. The idea of the project is to connect the words we are saying to what they mean to us.

We reviewed the letters of the Aleph Bet we have learned already and the children took home a review sheet of the Aleph and Bet.