4B Class Information


Teacher: Lynnea Harding

Madrichah: Francesca

Contact Information: email: lharding@brandeis.edu

Cell: 207-653-7458

My name is Lynnea Harding, and I am from Portland, Maine. This is my first year teaching at BJEP and I am so excited to get to know all the students! I am a sophomore at Brandeis and I am double majoring in math and music. This year, we will be focusing on Al Shlosha Devarim, the three pillars of life, and reinforcing Hebrew reading skills with the Hebrew alphabet and Hebrew numbers. We will also be learning Hebrew prayers, including the Friday and Saturday night Shabbat blessings (candles, wine and challah and Havdalah - the prayers that end Shabbat), as well as Shalom Aleichem (Peace Upon You).


Excellent day today working and learning about Passover! We started with reviewing the themes of Passover (freedom, slavery, questions, bravery, community, leadership, teamwork, cycle of life, sacrifice) and we talked about what each food on the seder plate represents. Students then created their own seder plate to draw something in their own life that represents each food on the seder plate. We did a small Hebrew reading activity, went to electives, and then saw the BJEP play! Great day!! Have a wonderful Passover!

Homework for over break: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-FCpZrDRm5IbVZnbGtyam1BTUk/view?usp=sharing


Excellent day! We started off by reviewing some vocabulary about Passover and then we read in the Cartoon Bible about the story of Passover. Students drew pictures about each event that takes place in the story of Passover, and we talked about the themes of Passover: freedom, questions, mitzvot, Tikkun Olam, and how these relate to America today. Leah led music today, students went to electives, and then we came back for Hebrew time to practice reading words with speed and to practice V’Shamru with the recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKGeVGC1qBY

Students have a “rhyming riddles” worksheet to complete. Students should also practice reading V’Shamru: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-FCpZrDRm5IaTZZbkZsRUhWdWc/view


Great work today! We learned all about Shabbat and the traditions of Shabbat. Students talked about what shabbat means to them and different ways students like to celebrate the day of rest. Students started to learn V’shamru and should practice this prayer for next week with this recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKGeVGC1qBY During Hebrew we focused on practicing vowel sounds and reading Hebrew words. Students completed a worksheet on rhyming sounds in Hebrew, and we practiced more reading for the prayer V’Shamru. Several students were also interested in learning cursive Hebrew, so we learned some of the script alphabet today too.

Students have a packet on Shabbat and blessings to complete for homework: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-FCpZrDRm5IY2xqaXpHc3FBcjQ/view?usp=sharing

Several students were absent today in class so here are the links of what we did in class today:

V’shamru text and the worksheet students completed in class: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-FCpZrDRm5ITFc3eko1bHRSVm8/view?usp=sharing

Link to the Hebrew rhyming sounds worksheet: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-FCpZrDRm5IRW52VHptSzh2clE/view?usp=sharing

In addition, here is a helpful cheat sheet for reading Hebrew:



Great work today! We started the day with a Purim word search to learn a little bit about Purim in preparation for next week! We then played Jeopardy to review Hebrew numbers, Biblical stories, and Hebrew reading/vowels. Students completed some Hebrew worksheets to practice reading.

This is their homework for next time: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-FCpZrDRm5IcHd1QkJyX01wMDg/view?usp=sharing


Great work today! We watched a video and quick powerpoint to learn about Tu B’Shvat so that we could play Tu B’Shvat bingo! Students should be able to tell you all about Tu B’Shvat now. Electives went great, and we came back for Hebrew time to continue learning about numbers 1-20 and classroom vocabulary.

Students should complete this worksheet on numbers for homework: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-FCpZrDRm5IdzNOelVMZWpPWkk/view?usp=sharing


Great day today! We did an Adam and Eve worksheet and then students drew pictures of the first four stories of Genesis. The artwork came out great! They know the stories very well. Electives went well, and we came back for Hebrew to play a game for Hebrew numbers 11-20 and to learn some Hebrew vocabulary!

Students have one sheet of homework to complete (reading Hebrew practice): https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-FCpZrDRm5IVHQ2SmVEWk9vcWM/view?usp=sharing


Great work today! We began today with a Havdalah worksheet, and for Judaica we discussed the story of Cain and Abel. Students should now be able to discuss the first three stories: Creation of the World, Adam and Eve, and Cain and Abel. We then did an activity that required students to put the words in order for the blessings of Havdalah; this activity helped students practice reading Hebrew words and pronouncing the blessings. We then practiced writing and reading common Hebrew words (like mom, dad, hello, etc.). Students had their first day of electives and then we came back for Hebrew to work on final letters and reading words with final letters.

Students should complete this homework worksheet for next time: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-FCpZrDRm5IVzNVLWZScG9fNUU/view

Please remind students to bring their folders back to BJEP!!


Welcome back from break! We had a great time today, please remind students to bring their folders and homework back to BJEP! We started the day with a Hebrew vowel worksheet and we began to learn Hebrew numbers 11-20. Students did “Taste of Electives” to see what electives   they like, and we came back for Judaica to discuss the differences between Shabbat and Havdalah, and the meaning of each.

Students should complete this homework sheet about Shabbat vs. Havdalah for next week: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-FCpZrDRm5IV3hFTGh6a2lOX2M/view?usp=sharing

Students should also review the Havdalah blessings with the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gebsb-po8jY


Great Hanukkah day today! Students completed worksheets and then they made their own Hanukkah books that they are taking home with them. Students received three homework worksheets that they need to complete over the break to practice reading and writing hebrew. Electives went great and the Hanukkah party was so fun! Please let me know if you have any questions/concerns during the break. Feel free to email or call me! Have a great break!






Really great work today! We started the day with playing Aleph Bet Yoga to have students create the letters with their bodies. We continued with Hebrew, focusing on spotting the differences between regular letters and final letters. Students played Hebrew reading tic tac toe, and then we played a game to review Hebrew numbers 1-10. Students went to elective, and we came back to learn the blessings for Havdalah. They practiced singing the blessings and learning what each one is for.

Some students already started the homework during class.

Homework: Worksheet on Ayin vs. Tzadee: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-FCpZrDRm5ILWNhTnlRWGRvNU0/view?usp=sharing

Students should also watch this video on the Havdalah blessings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gebsb-po8jY


Great day today! We started with creating Hebrew folders for each student, and then we had a great game of Hebrew jeopardy! Student are doing a great job reading words and sounding out the syllables, I was very impressed. Students went to electives, and then we came back to learn a little bit about Havdalah and did some Hebrew sudoku. Really  great work today! The sudoku was homework, but most students finished it during class.


We started the day off with the BJEP community gathering outside for a group song session; We really want to make sure that students and families understand that BJEP is a safe space. We then came back inside to learn a little bit about the Jewish calendar, and then we continued onto Hebrew. I was very impressed with how well students were able to write in Hebrew! They practiced writing the Hebrew letters, writing Hebrew words, and then pronouncing the words. Electives went well, and we came back for Judaics where students learned about the story of Noah’s Ark. Overall a really great day!!

Student should complete this worksheet for homework: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-FCpZrDRm5IY1pmYmdsc3JGSFE/view


Students did an excellent job today, they were very focused and we learned a lot! We started off with an opening activity to learn about student’s favorite activities/foods/interests etc. We then continued to learning about Hebrew vowels and students started reading words by breaking them down by each syllable. We played a game with reading Hebrew words, and then students went onto electives. Judaics went very well as well with learning about Adam and Eve! We also had our first day of Tefillah.

HOMEWORK: students should complete this worksheet:


Students should also review Hebrew vowels and practice reading Hebrew words for homework using this worksheet we did in class: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-FCpZrDRm5IWXhIN3VSTW1Qak0/view


Great day at BJEP today! Students learned the names of the Hebrew vowels and started combining vowels with letters for pronunciation. We also reviewed the Hebrew numbers 1-10 with a game, and students are doing very well remembering the numbers. Electives went great, and the Family Havdalah Program was very fun with singing Havdalah songs and making spice jars! Students should review the Hebrew vowels and Hebrew numbers for next week using the worksheets we did in class, and they should practice the pronunciation of each.

Homework resources: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-FCpZrDRm5Idl9BNEVzeXRHSVE/view


10/23/2016 Back after a break from BJEP!

Students did an great job with our substitute Samantha today! We reviewed the numbers 1-10 in hebrew with some matching games and coloring activities. Many students have been reviewing at home, and they are showing wonderful progress in their hebrew knowledge. After electives, we discussed the seven days of creation, learning what G-d created on each day. In the end, we talked about Shabbat and how each family celebrates a little differently. Homework today is a learning the hebrew vowels with a quick worksheet, however many students completed the activity in class and already turned it in. For more practice, here are the number coloring worksheets and the vowels worksheet!



Homework: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-FCpZrDRm5Idl9BNEVzeXRHSVE/view

9/25/2016 Third Day At BJEP

Students did an excellent job this week remembering the Hebrew Alphabet and Hebrew numbers! They have been reviewing at home and doing homework which really helps reinforce what they learn in school. We started class off today with creating a B’rit for the classroom expectations so that students are respectful and listening during class. We then reviewed the blessings for food (challah, fruit, vegetables, etc.) and students did an excellent job remembering them and using them for snack time! Today was also the first day of electives, which went very well, and we did a few activities with the Hebrew Alphabet and Hebrew numbers. There is a quick homework worksheet to review letters/sounds. Great work today!

Homework assignment: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-FCpZrDRm5IOUFKY01HOTNUWlk/view

9/18/2016: Second day at BJEP

We had a great day today learning new ideas and reviewing from last week. Students reviewed the three aspects of Al Shlosha Devarim: Torah (learning), Avodah (work), and Gemilut Chasadim (acts of kindness). Students also learned how the Torah is set up with 5 books and parshot within each book. We learned about some ideas that were in yesterday’s Torah portion, Ki Teitzei, and they completed a worksheet to reinforce the mitzvot that are mentioned in the Torah portion. We also related the mitzvot to Al Shlosha Devarim and Gemilut Chasadim.

We reviewed the Hebrew alphabet with the alphabet song and I am very happy with the progress that has been made over the past week! Most students are able to recite the entire alphabet comfortably. We did a Hebrew alphabet activity to learn the letters, and students have a worksheet to complete for homework. This is the link, although they all have a printed copy: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-FCpZrDRm5IZGdPQ3hfXzZaS0U/view?usp=sharing

9/11/2016: 1st day back at BJEP!

We had a productive day today, learning about Al Shlosha Devarim, reviewing the Hebrew Alphabet, and learning Hebrew numbers 1-10. We talked about the three aspects of Al Shlosha Devarim: Torah (learning), Avodah (work), and Gemilut Chasadim (acts of kindness). Students have a sheet of the Hebrew Alphabet that they should review for next week, and they can watch this video too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiCzoTs1AdE

Students should also review numbers 1-10, practice saying them aloud, and practice recognizing them on the page. They all took home a worksheet to review this, but here is the link to the worksheet just in case: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-FCpZrDRm5IejVPMjBKYmZPY3M/view?usp=sharing

If students forget the numbers we learned in class, here is a link to help them: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-FCpZrDRm5ITHV2UE00ZjZGcXc/view?usp=sharing

(note: this guide for numbers has more numbers than they need to know; students only need to review numbers 1-10)

If students are feeling comfortable with the Hebrew numbers 1-10, they can try this worksheet as a challenge assignment. There are numbers on this worksheet that students haven’t learned yet (numbers above 10), but they can give it a try if they want!