We practiced singing the Hanukkah blessings and tried to point to each Hebrew word as we sang it. We learned about saying the sheheheyanu on the first night of Hanukkah. I drew a hanukkiyah on the board and the children took turns drawing the lit candles, learning to put the candles starting on the right, and lighting each new candle first every night. I also taught them how to dance the Menorah Hora.
Our madrichim, Rebecca and Camille, read the story "The Miracle Jar" by Audrey Penn to the children. Then we went into the youth lounge for our elective--Yoga with Stacie. The children learned about the link between peace-shalom-namaste, and Stacie also did an amazing job of integrating our Hanukkah learning into the session. The children did familiar poses as well as learned some new ones, and learned how to listen to their breaths and acknowledge that special light within others by saying "namaste."
We have the next few classes off for Thanksgiving, and will meet next on Tuesday, Dec. 1. When we return, be sure to take a look at the school bulletin board and the beautiful Hanukkah creations your children made.
Happy and healthy Thanksgiving (maybe the kids will remember the link with Sukkot!),