A great day of teaching and singing!
This morning I started out preparing an ECC school for our Hodu ( Give Thanks) Tot Shabbat taking place at Temple Beth Torah in Tamarac, FL! I taught the children two songs of giving thanks and they seemed quite receptive.
After that I taught them a Chicken Soup Song. I asked each class what ingredients they would like to put in the soup, I wrote their suggestions on a page of a big pad, and we sang the ingredients in the song I taught them. We had such a great time doing this! I got suggestions like Chinese Noodles, Ravioli, and I was quite surprised that at least one child in each class suggested Broccoli! The ingredient I shared with each class was LOVE because Shabbat dinner is the best tasting meal our of the week because we prepare for Shabbat with love in our hearts and it can be tasted in the food when we eat together with family and friends. The pages will be hung up at the Tot Shabbat for everyone to see.
At my afternoon school we started practicing for our Chanukah concerts. The students sounded pretty good! We will have two groups performing, each doing four or five songs. We are singing songs by Larry Karol, Debbie Friedman, Robbi Sherwin and Rabbi Joe Black, and of course some of our classical Chanukah songs. There is really so much out there! Most of the kids seemed to really like what they and I chose! My youngest group really seems to enjoy poetry, so I took in several pieces of Chanukah poems. We had a blast. We went through them today having them repeat lines or partial lines after me to a rap rhythm, then we had clapping or banging the desk so they can be doing two things at the same time. Next week we will add the hand a body motions which a few of them entail. Last week we did Shabbat poems and adding egg shakers. They loved that!
Well, have a good night! I’m exhausted!