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Our first day of school

13 September 2011

August 26th 2011 is the day we started. Regular schools start on September 1st, but we decided to start a week earlier. We decided to put the first day on a Friday to give me (the Dad) a kick-start.

We started with the morning prayer we’ve done since on every Friday (see the page “what we teach – Dad on the side).

After that we had 4 lessons. Nowadays the first lesson on Fridays is the general Bible class. But on this first day I decided to skip that in order to have a “first day of school”-lesson.

First of all, we turned on the “Shalom kita alef” (Hello first grade) song. First day of first grade of school is a big deal, and in all schools the new first graders are celebrated – standing in the focus of attention of the whole school, balloons, songs, you name it.  So I put on the song, and danced around with Snoopy.

After the song and dance we went through some rules. No balagan during lessons. Listen to the teacher. Hand up if you want to say anything.

Then I told them of how the teaching of the Hebrew alphabet was once started by letting the kids lick honey off pictures of the letters, back in the days of the cheder, to make them get the feeling that learning to read is sweet.

We then went through the alphabets (Hebrew and Latin – in both Swedish and English version) using alphabet songs that they already know. As a light “first taste” for Snoopy (Prof can read Hebrew already).

And finally I also went through the different Friday subjects they will have with me every Friday and what we’ll do.

That was the first lesson. The rest of the day we had another 3 lessons – the first lesson of each one of the subject. In Hebrew Literature we went through songs about the first day, and about personal identity. We sang the song “haYeled haZe Hu Ani” (That Child Is Me):

In NT class we spoke of John 1 – and Yeshua’s identity as the Word, the Metatron, the mediator, and the 2nd person of the divine trinity, as foretold and developed by wise rabbis hundreds of years before Yeshua came. We also told the story of Zacharia in the temple.

In Social Science we read a story about a girl who came back to school with glasses and was worried about how the other kids would react. We spoke about being different, about how we are, our identities, wrote a small “ID card” for each child, and sang the song “Ani tamid nishar ani” – “I am always Me!”

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