Below, you'll find the most recent posts for this class. This class blog allows our teachers to post a recap of the lesson notes for each week. Additionally, they can post notices about upcoming events.

Posted by glusmanpennock on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 4:19pm
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 4:19pm

Hi Everyone, 

   This week was a busy one at Folkshul. We began our day at music with Art and the K/1 class. It is exciting to see so many students requesting songs. After music, we reviewed both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and read the holiday story, “Engineer Ari and The Rosh Hashanah Ride” by Deborah Bodin Cohen. The children loved the story. After snack and recess, we learned about Sukkot. The students learned about the holiday and possible origins. We also learned about the sukkah and how they are constructed. The children seemed particularly interested in the holiday and in learning about the sukkah. Following our discussion, the children created their own sukkah with popsicle sticks and illustrated their families inside the sukkah

    Next week, we will be celebrating Sukkot. Instead of meeting at Folkshul, the entire community will be meeting at Fort Washington State Park (weather permitting). I look forward to seeing all of you there. Let me know if you have any questions. I hope you all have a great week.

 

Sincerely, 

Lindsay 


Posted by glusmanpennock on Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 11:58pm
Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 11:58pm

Hi Everyone, 

    We had a busy week in 2nd grade. We started our day at music with the K/1 class. We sang many great songs. The children always have such great requests. After music, we reviewed what we had learned about Rosh Hashanah and even learned a bit more. The children had apples, honey, and round challah for snack to celebrate. After snack, we began learning about Yom Kippur and how we at Folkshul celebrate the holiday. We learned that there are many different ways to celebrate Yom Kippur and how we can all use the holiday to help us start the Jewish new year on the right track. 

    The children learned about the Jewish calendar and how it differs from the calendar they are most familiar with. In addition to learning the differences between the two calendars, they learned how to identify different parts of the month by looking at the moon. We discussed why holidays fluctuate in our calendar but not in the Jewish calendar. They used their new knowledge to create a calendar for the upcoming month of Tishri. Each month they will create a new calendar. Though this is a difficult topic, the children did a great job! In two weeks, we will continue our discussion on Yom Kippur and begin discussing Sukkot. I wanted to thank Ayelet for volunteering to be our classroom parent. I hope you all have a happy new year. Shanah Tovah!

 

Sincerely, 

Lindsay 


Posted by glusmanpennock on Friday, September 23, 2016 - 10:17pm
Friday, September 23, 2016 - 10:17pm

Hi Everyone,

     I am so excited to be starting another year at Folkshul! The class is so engaged and full of energy. I know this is going to be a great year. We began our day at music with Art and the K/1 class. The children seemed excited to spend time with their K/1 buddies. We had a great time singing our favorite songs. It was no surprise that the first song they requested was "Big Rock Candy Mountain."

    After music, we spent a little time getting to know each other. I introduced the children to our assistant, Anna. We learned about the word of the week, shalom, and practiced it as well.

      The children had a great time at recess. After recess, we began learning about Rosh Hashanah.  We discussed why we celebrate the holiday as well as different traditions and customs associated with the holiday. We learned about possible origins as well as why we celebrate in the fall. After our discussion, we completed an art project that focused around a popular Rosh Hashanah greeting, Shanah Tova. We finished our day by reading a Rosh Hashanah story called, “Apple Days” by Allison Sarnoff Soffer.   

     Next week, we will continue to discuss Rosh Hashanah and begin to learn about the Jewish calendar. I hope you all have a great week. Let me know if you have any questions. Hope to see you all Sunday.

 

Sincerely,

Lindsay


Posted by glusmanpennock on Friday, September 23, 2016 - 10:16pm
Friday, September 23, 2016 - 10:16pm

5/25/16

Hi Everyone, 

   As you know, sadly, this past Sunday was our last week of Folkshul for the year. We, unexpectedly, had music with Art. It was wonderful to have one last music of the year. 

   This was such a great class, and I truly enjoyed spending Sunday mornings with you and your children. I will miss having them in my class next year. Thank you so much for the thoughtful gift. I very much appreciate it. I hope that you all have a great summer, and I hope to see all of you in the fall!

 

Sincerely,

Lindsay

 

5/11/16

Hi Everyone,

    It sad that another Folkshul year is winding down. On Sunday, we had one of our last music classes with Art for the year. He kindly played all of the children’s requests, which, of course in included the favorites, “Sandwiches” and “Big Rock Candy Mountain.” After music, we completed our sustainability project presentation. The children did a great job incorporating their knowledge into the presentation. I cannot wait to see their work displayed at the Sustainability Fair this Sunday. After snack, we began reviewing what we learned throughout the year. We will continue our review on our last class, May 22nd

    This Sunday, May 15th is the Folkshul Sustainability Fair. You are being asked to accompany your children at the fair. During the fair, the children’s work will be displayed. There will also be activities throughout. Let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to seeing you all there. 

 

Sincerely, 

Lindsay

5/4/16

Hi Everyone,

    This week we began our day at music with Art and the K/1 class. We had many great requests of songs to sing. After music, we reviewed the Jewish calendar and how it differs from other calendars. The children created their calendar for the Jewish month of Iyar. We were excited to see that there were three different students with birthdays in the month of Iyar. After snack, we learned about animals for our sustainability project. The children began working on our presentation for the sustainability fair on May 15th. We will finish the presentation next week by creating a board to showcase what we learned. I hope you all have a great week! See you on Sunday.

 

Sincerely, 

Lindsay

 

4/27/16

Hi Everyone,

 

    This week, we began our day at music. We sang a few Passover songs as well as some of our other favorites. After music, we finished our unit on Passover. We had a final discussion and read a great story entitled, “Matzah Ball Soup.” We also made our own seder plates. The children had a fun time decorating their plates. Finally, the children began working on their final draft of their just so stories, which they will complete this coming Sunday. I look forward to seeing you all then. Enjoy the rest of your week.

 

Sincerely, 

Lindsay

4/13/16

Hi Everyone, 

This Week we started our day at music with Art and the K/1 class. We practiced a few Passover songs in preparation for the seder on Sunday. After music, we began discussing Passover. We talked about the origins and traditions associated with the holiday. We also read a few books as well. Finally, we discussed how the Passover story could be seen as a just so story. We completed our next calendar for the month of Nissan. The children drew a picture of something exciting that will happen during the month. 

Next week, we will have our seder at Folkshul. The seder will begin at 11am. The children will be dismissed to you so that you can all enjoy the seder together. Let me know if you have any questions. 

 

Sincerely, 

Lindsay

 

4/6/16

Hi Everyone, 

    I just wanted to thank you all for participating in our trip this past Sunday. I had a great time and I hope all of you did as well. The children seemed to have a lot of fun. I am happy they were able to experience such a meaningful class trip. This Sunday, April 10, we will be discussing Passover. We will also have Folkdance from 12-12:30 if anyone would like to come and dance. I will see you all Sunday. 

 

Sincerely,

Lindsay 


Posted by glusmanpennock on Friday, March 18, 2016 - 10:31pm
Friday, March 18, 2016 - 10:31pm

Hi Everyone, 

  This week, we had music with special guest, Dotan. The children had fun singing some of their favorite songs in new ways. They also enjoyed learning a few new songs. They seemed to especially like learning a song in Hebrew. After music, we spent some time practicing for our Purim play. The children will be performing the play this Sunday, March 20th during the Purim Program. As requested by the students, I have attached a copy of the play for those who would like to practice at home. The children do not have to practice or memorize their lines, however, several children asked if they could have a copy for home. I cannot wait to see them perform. After we finished practicing, the children made their own groggers out of water bottles. 

 

Next week, we will be celebrating Purim. Just a reminder, the program and carnival will be in a new location. The event will be held at the Willow Grove Commons and Woodard/Kingsley Gym. I have included the official Folkshul e-mail about the event at the end of this e-mail. The e-mail includes detailed information on the new location as well as times. Let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday. 

 

Sincerely,

Lindsay 


Posted by glusmanpennock on Friday, March 18, 2016 - 10:31pm
Friday, March 18, 2016 - 10:31pm

Hi Everyone,

   The children were so happy to welcome Art back. They all enjoyed music this week. After music, we continued to practice our Purim play. The children are doing such a great job, I cannot wait to see them perform at the Purim Program. After snack, the children began writing their Just So Stories. They all had such great ideas and were so creative in their writing. We will finish our stories next week. Finally, we read a Purim story. The children were excited when they read that the main character created a grogger out of a water bottle. Since they were so excited, I decided that next week, we will complete the same activity in class. 

 

   Just a reminder, our Mitzvah Food Pantry trip will be on April 3rd. I hope you all have a great week and I hope to see many of you next week. 

 

Sincerely, 

Lindsay


Posted by glusmanpennock on Saturday, March 5, 2016 - 12:13am
Saturday, March 5, 2016 - 12:13am

Hi Everyone,

    This week, we continued our discussion on Purim and read a Purim story. The children also began practicing their play for the Purim program on March 20th. We were treated to an impromptu folkdance, which was a lot of fun. We learned a few new dances, and practiced a few old ones, as well. After folkdance, we continued our unit on just so stories. The children began brainstorming ideas for their own just so stories. They began to write their ideas in their journals. Next week, they will write their rough drafts. I look forward to seeing their stories. 

     I wanted to inform you that our last trip will be on Sunday, April 3rd. We will be going to the Mitzvah Pantry where the children will shop for food and then help stock the shelves. I will send more information as soon as it becomes available. Let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to seeing many of you on Sunday. 

 

Sincerely,

Lindsay 


Posted by glusmanpennock on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 10:22pm
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 10:22pm

Hi Everyone,

This week, we had a guest music teacher. Dotan did a great job in Art’s absence. The children seemed to love the new songs he sang. They especially enjoyed how interactive his songs were. After music, we discussed the word of the week, shtetl. The children wrote a brief description of the word and drew a picture of what they thought a shtetl would look like. We continued with our calendar by creating a calendar for the month of Adar

After snack, we began to discuss Purim. We not only learned about why we celebrate the holiday, but also some of the traditions associated with the holiday. The children were excited to learn that we will be performing at the upcoming Purim Program on March 20th. The children have decided to perform a play for the program. We will begin practicing next week. If anyone knows they will be absent on March 20th, please let me know. I hope you all have a great week, and I look forward to seeing you all next week.

 

Sincerely, 

Lindsay 


Posted by glusmanpennock on Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 11:09am
Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 11:09am

Hi Everyone,

  We had a very busy Sunday at Folkshul! We began our day as usual with music. We sang many of our favorite songs as well as a few new ones. After music, we discussed our word of the week, alefbet (Hebrew) and alef-beyz (Yiddish), which mean alphabet. 

After snack, we began discussing the sustainability project we will be completing. The class selected endangered species for their topic. We began discussing palm oil in class and its negative effect on the orangutan. We will be working with the k/1 class as well as a member of the social action committee to complete our project. We will continue to discuss our topic next week. Finally, we enjoyed folkdance with the k/1 and 3rd grade classes. We learned several fun dances. The children all seemed to enjoy themselves. I look forward to seeing you all next week. 

 

Sincerely,

Lindsay 


Posted by glusmanpennock on Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 9:52am
Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 9:52am

Hi Everyone, 

   Hope you all enjoyed your soup on Sunday, I definitely did. We started our short class with music. It has been a few weeks since we have had music with Art, and it was fun to sing our favorite songs once again. After music, we had a discussion about why we are celebrating Souper Sunday and where the money will be donated to. We discussed our upcoming trip to the Mitzvah Food Project as well. Finally, we ended our day by discussing Tu B’Shevat. We talked about why we celebrate the holiday, why the holiday occurs in January, and some of the traditions associated with the holiday. We also talked about our trip to the Morris Arboretum. Next week, we will have our first Folkdance of the year. I hope to see you all on Sunday.

 

Sincerely,

Lindsay