Aliza Geller

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Name: Aliza Geller
Date registered: September 14, 2016

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  1. Misloach Manot — March 20, 2019
  2. Purim Play — March 12, 2019
  3. Shema! — February 21, 2019
  4. Exerting Independence — February 14, 2019
  5. New ways לְהִתְפַּלֵל (L’hitpalel) — February 5, 2019

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Mar 20

Misloach Manot

Last week in Shorashim/Shteelim (‘Saplings’ for Kindergarten), one of the ways we played Purim is making and delivering מִשְׁלוֹחַ מָנוֹת (Mishloach Manot– Giving Gifts of Food to Friends)! This week we made real מִשְׁלוֹחַ מָנוֹת (Mishloach Manot– Giving Gifts of Food to Friends) to deliver to people in our building that help take care of …

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Mar 12

Purim Play

It is a very exciting time in Shorashim/Shteelim (‘Saplings’ for Kindergarten) Purim is coming and we are getting ready by playing a bunch of different ways that Jewish people might celebrate Purim. At kibbud (snack) we have been hearing the Purim story (Megillat Esther). The children used character felt pieces to help us remember the characters. …

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Feb 21


This week in שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten), we have opened up a third category of תְּפִלָּה (tefillah- prayer).  This category is all about saying Shema at bed time, or when waking in the morning. Some children shared that, “Shema is my bedtime song, sometimes I sing it with my mommy …

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Feb 14

Exerting Independence

It is very powerful when a young child exerts their independence around making a choice. In this case, a 4 year old child walked up to our עברית (Ivrit-Hebrew) shelf, looked around and said, “I am going to do this!” When asked if they wanted a partner, they very confidently said, “no thank you.” They …

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Feb 05

New ways לְהִתְפַּלֵל (L’hitpalel)

In שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten), we have opened up the second category of our theme, לְהִתְפַּלֵל (L’hitpalel). We are considering the following question: what feeling do I feel when I try this way לְהִתְפַּלֵל (L’hitpalel)? Sometimes the answer to that question is a mark (mark making), or a word and …

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Jan 31

Taking Care of Each Other While Exploring Together

This week I want to highlight a set of skills that children were working on, through the lens of one particular kind of exploration we did this week. First, we needed to connect a few explorations that at first did not seem connected to each other. At the very beginning of our new theme, לְהִתְפַּלֵל …

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Jan 22

Empowering Decision Making

One of the values that we are constantly in the pursuit of enacting, is empowering the children to be capable of making their own decisions when it come to playing and learning. We are in partnership with the children, which includes really listening to their ideas and making changes that will support their growth. One …

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Jan 15

A New Theme

The beginning of a new theme is a time of trying lots of new things! Our new theme is called לְהִתְפַּלֵל (L’hitpalel), we will be spending the next several weeks trying to figure out what לְהִתְפַּלֵל (L’hitpalel) means to each of us. During this theme, we will explore a number of different categories that might …

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Dec 18

Chanukah: As Told by Shorashim and Shteelim

This week in שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten) we have been playing our version of the narrative associated with Chanukah. We did a lot of building, but the children are planning on making a short movie as well and spent time making props, so the viewers will know who are the …

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Dec 11

What does Chanukah Look Like in our Group?

Chanukah is going strong for שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten). We have been playing lots of ways of celebrating Chanukah and testing out our recall of the Chanukah story. We all had a chance to share ways that we might celebrate Chanukah with our families, or at the Jewish Enrichment Center… …

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