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 folkshul on Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 12:47pm
Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 12:59pm

About the class:

Third grade is all about the origins of the Jewish People. Your child will learn the history and mythology of Jewish origins. We will read and explore stories from the first two books of the Torah, Genesis & Exodus, starting with the creation myth, to Noah and the flood, Abraham & Sarah and the Patriarchs and Matriarchs, and ending with Moses and the Hebrews as slaves in Egypt and the Exodus.
 
We'll spend time learning about myths, and how to think critically about these stories and how they can be applied to our modern lives. This is especially important given that beliefs like creationism and intelligent design have become an accepted part of American life for many. We will also explore creation myths from many cultures, ancient and modern. The class will learn about the way people lived during the era when the Jewish people emerged in Canaan during the Iron Age (around 1200 b.c.e.). They will learn to use time lines. This will include a class trip to the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology.
 
As an introduction to origins, the class will explore their own origins and family tree. Third grade is an important year for the kids and families at Folkshul to start connecting socially. I look forward to our potluck and other opportunities to build relationships that will grow as families move through the school and community.
 
Teacher: Larry Polsky
My name is Larry Polsky, and I will be your child's Gimel (third grade) teacher this year. I've been a Folkshul teacher for many years. Mostly with 3rd grade, but also as the 8th grade teacher.
 
Sample Class Notes:
 

It was so good to meet you and your children this past Sunday. I felt it was an excellent first class! We began with introductions and everyone had the chance to tell the class about themselves. I schooled them on my preferences and we did a welcome to Folkshul crossword puzzle which included some of those facts. I didn't expect them to know who Frank Sinatra was. But was relieved when everyone nodded in agreement regarding the Beatles!

 We had a fun music class together with the 4th graders led by Art Miron. 

After the all important snack and recess we started talking about what the year had in store for us. I read a book to the class about the origins of life on earth as a factual counterpoint to the creation myths we will begin discussing this week. 

 I also handed out a small family tree chart for the kids to fill in to the best of their ability, with instructions to show it to parents for help completing it. I hope they showed you!  I'm looking forward to an enlightening and fun year with your children.

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Hi Folkshul Parents!

Its been a fun and productive last few classes. Your children have recently been learning about the Tower of Babel and how it attempts to explain the diversity of languages among people. We then examined how time and relative isolation is the likely reason for languages changing over time.

 Last week we read the story of Noah's ark. A story strangely popular with children for many generations. You know... the happy tale of how an angry God killed all the wicked people and animals on the world he created only a few dozen generations before. The class was really engaged in the concepts here and we will continue discussing it at our next regular class.  

 Which brings us to this Sunday and our Hanukkah program and Party. 

Your children will be performing a song at the assembly!  

We are also having a Hurricane Relief Drive for much needed items for those who have lost everything in Dominica   


Posted by glusmanpennock on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 4:18pm
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 4:18pm

Hi Gimel Parents!

 

 We're off to a good start this year with our 3rd grade class. We began the term by reminding our students that they are part of a family tree that extends back to the earliest humans.

 

We learned about creation myths and why they exist in all cultures. Your children are working on their own creation myths now.

 

 After the Sukkot celebration we will begin our main focus of the year which is the mythical family tree of the Jewish people. Beginning with "in The Beginning" and the story of Adam and Eve.

 

 Its going to be a great  term and I hope your children come home every week with and exciting new story to tell you!

 

  Sincerely,

      Larry Polsky


Posted by glusmanpennock on Friday, March 18, 2016 - 10:33pm
Friday, September 23, 2016 - 10:49pm

Hi Parents,

 This is a reminder that your child's class trip is this Sunday March 13th 

 

We will meet at 11:00 A.M. at the museum of the University of Pennsylvania.

Enter the Kress entrance directly across from the parking garage.

The Kress Entrance is for groups, and the general public. It is on South Street, closest to Convention Avenue.

 Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students. 

We will likely have more than 10 people attending and should qualify for the discounted group rate.

Tell the information person at the desk you are with the Folkshul group.

Don't purchase an individual ticket as we will pay as a group also.

 

I hope to see you all there!

 

Sincerely,

 Larry Polsky


Posted by glusmanpennock on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 10:29pm
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 10:29pm

Hi Folkshul Parents,

 

 Some more details on our upcoming trip on Sunday March 13th

We will meet at 11:00 A.M. at the museum. Enter the Kress entrance directly across from the parking garage.

The Kress Entrance is for groups, and the general public. It is on South Street, closest to Convention Avenue.

 

 Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students. 

We will likely have more than 10 people attending and should qualify for the discounted group rate.

Tell the information person at the desk you are with the Folkshul group.

Don't purchase an individual ticket as we will pay as a group also.

 

 There will be NO regular 3rd grade Folkshul class at Springside that day.

 

 Please let me know if you are planning on attending and how many in your group.

 

Siblings and friends are welcome to attend!

 

Thanks,

Larry Polsky


Posted by glusmanpennock on Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 9:54am
Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 9:54am

Hi Folkshul Parents.

 

 Its been a while since my last email to all of you and I apologize for that.

Your children have been learning about the mythical origins of the Jewish people.

We are exploring the patriarchs and matriarchs as described in the Torah. Starting with Abraham and Sara and their son Isaac. Last week we read about binding of Isaac or "the Akedah" where God tells Abraham to kill Isaac as an offering. Its traditionally seen as a test of Abraham's devotion and trust in God. We also discussed this as an example of faith motivating people to do seemingly horrible acts in the name of God. A phenomenon we see all to often in the modern world. We also talked about questioning authority figures.

 

 I also want to announce the date for our class trip to the U of P museum.

It will be on Sunday March 13th. We will be meeting at the museum and there will be no regular class held at springside that day. More details to follow soon on specifics.

 We've been learning about our ancient Hebrew ancestors and will get to see how their daily lives were.

  

Hope to see you and your children this Sunday at Folkshul!

Larry


Posted by glusmanpennock on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 1:29pm
Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 1:29pm

Hi Folkshul Parents. 

 

Its been nice to get back to a normal class schedule after the crazy start of this term.

The class potluck was a real success. Thanks to the Goldberg's for hosting and to the families who attended. Also thanks to our special musical guest Art Miron

 

 I want to expand on the sustainability issue we touched on at the potluck.

The students will do a simple study of how they use resources at home. They will record their use of things like water, heat, gasoline and food in a journal. Then they will see where they could reduce their use. More to come on this soon.

 

 We spent this past Sunday learning and discussing the story of the six days creation from the Torah. Your children are so good at  understanding and asking questions!

 

 Thanks to the parents who made it to the visitation. Parents are welcome in my class any time!

 

 A reminder for those who haven't signed up for your thanksgiving basket contribution to do so this up coming Sunday. The sign up sheet will be on the third grade table in the lunchroom.


Posted by glusmanpennock on Friday, October 9, 2015 - 9:49pm
Friday, October 9, 2015 - 9:49pm

Hi Folkshul 3rd Grade Parents!

 

First I want to thank everyone for getting their children to my class!

I also want to thank Maya Goldberg for being our class parent.

 

I was wondering where our Potluck planning stands? I've been out of town without any phone or wifi

Can you believe that? There are still places in Rural PA that are free of distraction.

 

I will not be in class on Sunday as I've been mentoring Jacob Grossman for his Bar Mitzvah,

and will be attending that event. I have prepared a lesson plan for the substitute teacher.

It will be focusing on how the world began. Comparing creation myths and recent scientific ideas.

 

Regards,

Larry


Posted by glusmanpennock on Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 8:45pm
Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 8:45pm

Hi Folkshul Parents,

 
 This past Sunday The class learned all about Joseph and his brothers. Why his Father, Jacob gave him his coat of many colors and how his jealous brothers sold him into slavery in Egypt. 

 This is an especially relevant story for this upcoming Sunday will be our Folkshul Passover Seder.
The story of Joseph describes how the Jews ended up as slaves in Egypt. Their descendants would later be led to freedom by Moses. We'll be learning about the life of Moses in the weeks to come.

 Don't forget to check your family food and set up/ clean up assignments for the Seder!

See you all at the Seder


Posted by glusmanpennock on Monday, March 23, 2015 - 10:00pm
Monday, March 23, 2015 - 10:00pm

Hi Parents,

 Last Sunday we recounted the story of Jacob and Esau. This never fails to hold the interest of the class. Its a tale of deceit and the price of immediate gratification. The fraternal twin sons of Isaac and Rebecca. Esau was born first thus entitling him to the family birthright. He traded this future fortune for a bowl of stew. He was later tricked by his brother Jacob (at the insistence and with the assistance of their mother Rebecca) out of their fathers blessing on his death bed. All in the name of God. The characters in the Torah demonstrating that they are all to Human and often don't behave very well!

 
Regards,
 
 Larry Polsky

Posted by glusmanpennock on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 11:30pm
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 11:30pm

 Hi Parents,

 

Our Purim program and carnival last Sunday had full attendance from the 3rd grade class! I hope you all had fun in spite of the winter weather. The Purim toss game was a big hit! Who wouldn't like a Hamantash and  a game of skill? Especially when there are prizes to be won.

 This week the class will be getting back to our normal routine. It seems like its been a quite awhile. We are entering the homestretch of our Folkshul year and the final weeks of class. There is still a lot of exciting material to cover, (we don't want to short change the story of Moses)! Don't miss out. Please make every effort to have your child in attendance.

Regards,

 
Larry Polsky