To prepare for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, EC students developed a deeper understanding of the holiday symbols with various activities and projects. Much of their investigation centered around shofarot, apples, bees, honey, pomegranate seed counting, card making, blessings, and Torah study.
They had a special visitor who helped us to understand where shofars come from, how shofars are made, and how to use them. He showed the students how he uses special tools to turn horns from kosher animals into the special shofars used during the holiday season. They learned that horns from different animals make different sounds.
They then concentrated on the significance of the shofar, the way it sounds, and how it makes them feel when they hear it. They also talked about how the shofar blast encourages them to wake up! The students had further discussions about what their bodies need to do to wake up and get to school, and how they treat people and things when they wake up. Students also talked about the importance of being thankful each morning when we open our eyes and learned that singing prayers like Modeh Ani allows us to express our thanks!