This has been a very busy week for our family. Erin has been coming home from school each day with homework. Thankfully, Erin really loves going to school & has been super excited about doing her homework. I sure hope this attitude continues for a while!
David & I chose to keep Erin at Temple Beth Am for Kindergarten. She needs a more intimate situation where she can be comfortable. Her teacher - the fabulous Miss Cindy - is someone I have known for the last 20 years. Hebrew school teachers have to take continuing education classes so we've met each other frequently. We also wanted Erin to continue with a good basis for her religious education.
I will admit that something must be working. The other day Erin came home to tell us all about "the blowy thing" we have to use for Rosh Hashanah. Of course she meant a shofar - the ram's horn that is used in the High Holy Day services. Later in the week, after dinner, I got up to clear the table while Erin sat there chatting with me. It was really cool for me to hear Erin singing to herself. What was she singing? "Hatikvah" - the national anthem of Israel. A mother couldn't have been more proud than I was at that moment.
Today Erin started her first day of Kindergarten in Hebrew school. I have been teaching at B'nai Aviv for 17 years & waited a long time for this day. As Melinda called the teacher's & students names, I waited to hear Erin's name called. I already knew that she would be in my friend Karen's class but still I was excited. When Erin went over to Karen, she started to cry as she realized that she wasn't going to be with me. Needless to say, I had to work hard not to cry myself. Many people in the sanctuary have known me a long time so they know I cry easily. As with each new start, Erin was nervous. At the end of the day, I asked both Karen & Erin how she did. It seems that Erin was a real trooper & worked well with the other students. She even brought home her first project from Hebrew school - a challah cover for the upcoming Rosh Hashanah holiday!