Aliza Geller

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Name: Aliza Geller
Date registered: September 14, 2016

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  1. A Collaboration Celebration! — May 24, 2018
  2. Reflection and Creation — May 17, 2018
  3. There Is Still Time! — May 10, 2018
  4. The Shteelim Guide to Becoming an Ona’at Devarim Fixing Superhero — May 2, 2018
  5. Shteelim (‘Sapling’ for Kindergarten) Research Team — April 18, 2018

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May 24

A Collaboration Celebration!

In Shteelim (“Saplings” for Kindergarten) we have been reflecting on the ways we like playing and exploring at the Jewish Enrichment Center. One thing that I was not surprised to hear children talk about is collaboration, that they like playing and exploring together. When we use our talking stick, we are collaborating on having a …

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May 17

Reflection and Creation

  This week in Shteelim “(Saplings” for Kindergarten) we have been working on our final project, something that will help us remember our year in Shteelim when we come visit it, in the future. Our first step was to start looking back at our year together in photos, we talked about what we like to …

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May 10

There Is Still Time!

As we approach the end of the year, in Shteelim (‘saplings’ for kindergarten) we are finding that…. there is still time….. to play a new עִברִית (Ivirt- Hebrew) choice! This one is called מלחמת אותיות (Milchemet Otiot), a variation on the card game war that helps us review אותיות (otito– letters) and recall letters from memory. “We give out …

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May 02

The Shteelim Guide to Becoming an Ona’at Devarim Fixing Superhero

Step 1: Learn about אוֹנָאַת דְבָרִים (Ona’at Devarim- hurting with words) Shteelim (‘saplings’ for Kindergarten) began our אוֹנָאַת דְבָרִים (Ona’at Devarim- hurting with words) with hearing a playing stories where someone is hurt with words and they receive a verbal apology.“They were walking to the snack bar at the pool. One of them is carrying an empty bowl and …

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Apr 18

Shteelim (‘Sapling’ for Kindergarten) Research Team

Today when the children arrived, before we even got to our space, I shared that I had brought a special surprise for us to explore. Immediately there was a chorus of, “what is it?!?” When we opened the door to our space I said,” go take a look, its on the אָדוֹם שָׁטִיח (adom shatiach– red rug).” …

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Apr 12

Stories about Ona’at Devarim

This week in Shteelim we have started doing the work of figuring out what אוֹנָאַת דְבָרִים (Ona’at Devarim- hurting with words) is and how it happens. We started by listened to stories (some even from personal experience!) where hurting with words took place. We identified אוֹנָאַת דְבָרִים (Ona’at Devarim- hurting with words) in these stories …

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Mar 29

Connecting Symbolic Foods of Passover to Exodus 1-15

In Shteelim (‘Saplings’ for Kindergarten) we have been learning Exodus 1-15, the story in the Torah of the Israelites being slaves in Egypt and then being freed. Even the first time that we listened to Exodus 1-15, we started to think about parts of the story that we associate with the symbolic foods of פסח (Pesach– …

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Feb 28

Exploring Different Ways We Might Celebrate Purim

In Shteelim (‘Saplings’ for Kindergarten)  we are trying out a bunch of different ways that Jewish people might celebrate Purim including four ways to celebrate Purim that are described in Megillat Esther, the Purim Story. We played making and giving מִשְׁלוֹחַ מָנוֹת (Mishloach Manot– Giving Gifts of Food to Friends)… …and made and delivered actual Mishoach manot to people …

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Feb 22

Joy Leading Up To Purim

 פּוּרִים (Purim) is on its way and in Shteelim (‘saplings’ for kindergarten)  פּוּרִים (Purim) is a joyful and merry sort of holiday and we have been finding joy in different experiences we are having with our peers.   There is joy in working together to build the palace in Shushan, the setting of the  פּוּרִים (Purim) story! I …

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Feb 15

Visitors

Shteelim (‘saplings’ for kindergarten) loves having visitors. This week we had three visitors (okay, they are also related to some of the kindergartners) come to talk with us about ways that they make Shabbat special or different from the rest of the week. We heard about how some families are busy during the week and …

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