On February 2, kitot alef at WTA celebrated their Chagigat Siddur.
In preparation for this momentous occasion, the two first grade classes have focused on a different tefillah each week since the start of the school year. Through experiential learning, videos, experiments, stories and art the students have gained a better understanding and insight into the tefillot we say everyday. For example, when discussing Ma Tovu, they learned the story of Bilam and the bracha he gave to the Jewish people upon seeing their camp. The class imagined what Bilam would have seen as he looked out at the camp, and each student drew a picture of what they thought the camp would have looked like. When discussing tzitzit, the class added up the letters of the word (600) tzitzit (ציצית,) and added five knots and eight strings to equal 613, just like the number of mitzvot in the Torah. Each student then had an opportunity to tie their own tzitzit knots and to attach the tzitzit to a bookmark for their siddur.
The students performed many songs and dances at the celebration on Sunday. Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov were also featured in a presentation as the creators of Shacharit, Mincha and Maariv. In class, the students discussed what they like to thank Hashem for, and for what they would like to daven. Everyone in attendance was able to watch their responses through a beautiful video before stepping up to receive their very own Siddur.