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Apr 29

Shorashim Prepares the Land for שמיטה (Sh’mitah)

This week, some Shorashimers got to leave the Jewish Enrichment Center to take a field trip to a real garden in Chicago that is observing שמיטה (Sh’mitah-release). We saw some of the Perennial plants they had in their garden and heard about why they decided to and how they observe שמיטה (Sh’mitah-release). This was such a special time for the children and we made sure to share back our experience with our friends who weren’t able to join us.

A four year old smells and tastes mint leaves from the KAM Isaiah Israel garden.

A four year old smells and tastes mint leaves from the KAM Isaiah Israel garden.

Nursery and kindergarten children learn about and help with the garden compost.

Nursery and kindergarten children learn about and help with the garden compost.

In addition to our garden visit, this was such a special week for us because our space in Beit Shorashim has been completely transformed into an agricultural farm to play in and learn more about שמיטה (Sh’mitah-release). A lot of furniture was moved around and we now have shelves with different fruits and vegetables as well as their seeds, a backdrop of a field, and rows taped off as part of a field. We are sharing this space with kindergarteners and have a block of time each day where we get to pretend like we are real farmers preparing for the שמיטה (Sh’mitah-release) year.

Our new shelving space!

Our new shelving space!

We began by Harvesting wheat!

Then we were ready to plant the seeds.

Then we made sure to give it lots of sunlight and מים (mayim-water) so it could grow.

And then our vegetable grew in the field.

Once they grew, we were ready to pick them.

And take them to the store to sort and sell them.

We even made sure to clean up after so we could plant a new crop in the space.

Nursery and kindergarteners had so many ideas about how we would store up our food for the שמיטה (Sh’mitah-release) year and what we would do to it. As one kindergartener said “this is for the poorer people to come get food during the שמיטה (Sh’mitah-release) year at the grocery store when they won’t have any.” A three year old agreed “yeah, this is all for them.” What fun it is to imagine in our new space! We cannot wait to continue thinking through farming and preparing for the שמיטה (Sh’mitah-release) year over the next few weeks

 

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  1. Bringing our Ideas about Sh’mitah into the Sun and Soil » Jewish Enrichment Center

    […] we planted seeds, grew vegetables, and prepared for the שמיטה (Sh’mitah-release) year! See “Shorashim Prepares the Land for Sh’mitah” for more about how kindergarten and nursery children will be exploring together in this play […]

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