This week we continued our Yom Kippur activities and wrapped up our אֹכֶל (ohel, food) unit in Hebrew lessons. If you want to practice at home, you can check out our full vocabulary list here. We continued learning about thankfulness, mindfulness, and the power of saying, "I'm sorry". A week at JKG would not be complete without cooking in the JKG Kitchen. Read on to see what's been cooking at JKG.
Teacher Menucha reads The Hardest Word, a story that teaches us how to apologize to friends and family. This is a great Yom Kippur book because 'atonement' is a little tricky for younger kids--this teaches us how to say sorry in a totally accessible way!
Thankful Basketball take two! Teacher Nick discusses with students how we are so lucky to have healthy, able bodies and it's something we sometimes take for granted. Afterward, we played basketball and foursquare with a variety of challenges: one legged, one eyed, one handed, and more!
We learned that Yom Kippur is a day of fasting for adults. During our Yom Kippur unit, our JKG chefs whipped up some break-fast blintzes and bourekas. They were a perfect savory breakfast treat!
As a fun art project, we made our own construction paper or foam slippers to wear on Yom Kippur. JKG kids learned that Yom Kippur is a day to be humble and not a day for fancy clothes.
Our JKG students are so excited to celebrate the High Holidays and share their knowledge with you!
Every Friday we have our own special JKG Shabbat. Check out the videos above of our two nishnushim (snack) groups singing the blessing for challah. For a lot of us, it's our favorite part of the week!
In Afterschool this week we had a lot of time to reflect and meditate on things that happened over the past year and what we'd like to change going into the new year. Here's one exercise we did--students wrote the good things and feelings they'd like to have in the new year inside their "New Year, New Me" project and wrote things they'd like to leave in the past on the outside.
Our students are looking forward to: being funny, happy, having good times with family, feeling smart, feeling confident, being sensitive, and being good siblings and friends in the new year.
They'd like to leave: being easily offended, anxious, misunderstanding, judgmental, embarrassed, being alone, and snapping at people in the past.
We were featured on eJewish Philanthropy in "The Start-Up Nature of Jewish Afterschool Programming"! Check it out here.
This week we are beginning our unit on Yom Kippur (יום כיפור) in preparation for the High Holidays. Yom Kippur is considered the most important Jewish holiday of the year and occurs ten days after Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. It is a day of fasting (for grownups!) and atonement. We took the themes of Yom Kippur--reflection, thankfulness, and forgiveness and incorporated them into our activities this week. There was lots of mindful meditation (with an extra sweet treat), reflecting on our silhouettes, mirroring games, and more!
During Yom Kippur, we read from the Book of Jonah because the story reminds us that G-d can always see our actions--good and bad. Our students had a great time creating their own versions as comics.
We had a delicious mindful meditation with a super sweet treat at the end! Both JKG students and teachers listened with their eyes closed as teacher Nick talked about the journey our chocolate goes through to get to us. After patiently listening, we all got a small piece to savor for ourselves!
In a lesson on thankfulness, we talked about how traditionally on Yom Kippur we are not supposed to wear fancy things. In our lesson, we connected it to the value placed on basketball shoes and wrapped up with a game of one handed basketball--reminding us how thankful we are for our able bodies.
In עִברִית (Ivrit, Hebrew) we are continuing our vocabulary unit on food. Here is an amazing video combining the words with movements for some of our younger students AND a great deck building game that reinforces our vocabulary with some older students!
At JKG Afterschool Community, we teach Hebrew in a variety of ways. We use song, games, art, and movement to make learning fun! Every three weeks we introduce a new Hebrew vocabulary unit to help students build their library of Hebrew words. We are having a lot of fun with this unit as many of these foods are part of our weekly snack rotation. We hope you will review this list with your child. You can even print it to make flashcards, matching games, or a scavenger hunt in your own home.
Hello, JKG families! This week we continued our lessons on Rosh Hashanah and had a special visitor from Trees Atlanta work with us in our garden. Our students had fun with their own mini Tashlich ceremony, continued Rosh Hashanah cards, and made a special honey cake treat! In our Hebrew classes, we started working on our new unit of אֹכֶל (ohel, food) vocabulary.
Our new friend from Trees Atlanta, Sabrina, joined us for the first time today! We read awesome stories about nature, got advice on our garden, and played tree-themed games. We are SO excited to have her expertise!
Here, some of our students start their Rosh Hashanah cards. We used halved apples and fingerprints to stamp images of apples and honey bees to wish family and friends a sweet new year! שנה טובה (shana tovah, Happy New Year!), everyone!
Here is our JKG version of a Tashlich (casting off) ceremony. Traditionally during Rosh Hashanah, Jewish families will go to a river or other body of water where they toss bread crumbs. This represents the things they'd like to cast off for the new year. At JKG, we're pretty landlocked so we reflected on things we'd like to change with chalk drawings and washed them away with water. It was pretty cool!
Top Left: Our chefs mixing up some דבש (d'vash, honey) cake in honor of Rosh Hoshanah. Top Right: Teacher Andrea is back, and so is our mosaic-in-the-making! Bottom: Teacher Nick leads a game of shofar red light green light using the different shofar blasts!
Keep an eye out for our reflective Yom Kippur activities next week!
It's never too early to start learning about the High Holidays! This week, we started our unit on Rosh Hashanah so our JKG kids will be all ready to help their families celebrate. Our students listened to Rosh Hashanah stories, wrote their own New Year's cards, completed scavenger hunts and relays, and made apple tree art projects. In Ivrit (Hebrew) classes, kids continued working on their letter recognition and classroom vocabulary--they're learning so fast!
It was also our last week for a while with our amazing substitute teacher, Sam. Sam has an amazing musical background and the kids have loved their shira song and dance time with her. As always, you can follow along with our weekly adventures below!
Teacher Sam takes some time to work on Shabbat and Rosh Hashanah songs on violin and viola with two young JKG musicians.
Some of our older JKG students doing an Aleph-Bet and vocabulary challenge--they're so studious!
Practicing writing letters...this student is very proud of her work!
Teacher Nick plays "עסקה או לא עסקה" (Deal or No Deal) with our classroom vocabulary.
JKG Students show off their finds in a High Holiday scavenger hunt!
Top Left: We used apples and paint as stamps to create Rosh Hashanah New Year's cards for friends and family. Top Right: Our JKG kids LOVED having shira time this week! Bottom Left: We shared Rosh Hashanah stories from our PJ Library books. Bottom Right: A student works on a holiday apple tree project--next week we'll write wishes for a sweet new year!
Check back next week for more Rosh Hashanah adventures, we'll start making our own shofars!
JKG Afterschool Community
Welcome to the JKG Afterschool Community blog. This is your window into our amazing Afterschool Community. Each week you will find updates on what your kids are learning about at JKG, as well as some suggestions of ways to bring the lessons into your bayit (home).