I love it when my 6th graders ask questions. It demonstrates that their minds are working (in a positive way).
In one of my schools, on Sunday mornings, we gather as a school and daven (pray) the morning service. Today, one of my colleagues and I led the service and explained some of the prayers. One of my 6th graders asked if there is a prayer to recite after a family member has passed away. Of course at the end of our service we recited the Mourners’ Kadish remembering the student’s grandfather. I thought it was beautiful that he felt comfortable enough to ask. In class when I asked when his grandfather passed away, he told me at the end of September. Obviously, he misses him and thinks about him often. Another question, when we got back to class, pertaining to something I mentioned during the service, “What is God’s real name?” This opened a heck of a discussion. I told the students about yud hey vav hey, the Cohanim, the Temple and the Holy of Holies, and then demonstrated the many names for God that we have. It was awesome! The kids are thinking, wanting to learn, and feeling comfortable asking questions.
What I am also thrilled with is that the students are comfortable reading in front of each other, even if they have difficulties. In the beginning of the year I spoke to them about respect for each other in the classroom. Once in a while I have to remind one or two of them, but it works. I stressed that for me to be able to help them become good Hebrew readers, I need to hear them read one at a time out loud. We cannot always do choral reading. It works! Today I heard some improvement and more confidence.
It was grandparents’ Day at one of our grandson’s preschools (another one I work at). We ate, colored, made picture frames, and made noodle necklaces. I had a great time spending time with with both of them.
A great day!
Now, I will continue to get the Chanukah shows and concerts ready.