Aliza Geller

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Name: Aliza Geller
Date registered: September 14, 2016

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  1. Shteelim Shabbat — January 11, 2018
  2. Shteelim Chanukah Story — December 14, 2017
  3. Chanukah is Coming! — November 30, 2017
  4. Welcoming Shorashim Guests — November 16, 2017
  5. Shteelim Making Thinking Visible — November 9, 2017

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Jan 11

Shteelim Shabbat

The beginning of a new quarter is an exciting time in Shteelim (‘saplings’ for Kindergarten) we have begun our new theme, שבת (Shabbat)! We are doing some research to figure out how we might play שבת (Shabbat). So far we have been reading stories about שבת (Shabbat) and have done some careful looking at shabbat …

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Dec 14

Shteelim Chanukah Story

In Shteelim (‘Saplings’ for kindergarten), we have been listening to and playing the Chanukah story. The following narrative outlines the Chanukah story as told by Shteelim (different children on different days).   “There was a king, Antiochus. Before the king, Jews could do Jewish things like celebrate Jewish holidays and maybe they sang Aleph-Bet.” “The …

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Nov 30

Chanukah is Coming!

This week in Shteelim (‘saplings’ for Kindergarten) we are exploring the objects and symbols associated with Chanukah. We started out by doing some careful looking a Chanukah photographs:   Child 1: “That’s a menorah! I see a Jewish star!”  Child 2: “It looks like its made out of metal.” Child 1: “You light candles each …

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Nov 16

Welcoming Shorashim Guests

Shteelim (‘saplings’ for kindergarten) had decided that Avraham, one of the characters from Genesis 18, is welcoming and friendly because of how Avraham treats the 3 men. It was time to see what it might be like for us to welcome guests: “Shorashim (‘roots’ for Nursery) is coming to visit us! What can we do …

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Nov 09

Shteelim Making Thinking Visible

In Shteelim (‘Saplings’ for kindergarten) we have been exploring what different characters might be feeling at different points in the text, Genesis 18. We tried out a new routine for making our thinking visible called, think-pair-share. When playing the text in so many different ways we don’t always have opportunities to share our ideas with …

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Oct 26

Shteelim Wondering

This week in Shteelim (‘Saplings’ for Kindergarten) we have been reading Genesis 18:1-5 and sharing all the questions we are wondering about this text. Genesis 18:1-10 for Nursery and Kindergarten   Multiple children were curious about Avraham bowing in the text, asking, “Why did he (Avraham) bow?” One child asked, “Why did he (Avraham) run …

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Sep 27

Cozy Corners

In Shteelim (‘saplings’ for kindergarten) we are starting off the year by practicing different ways to take care of ourselves, one way we are taking care of ourselves is to take breaks when our brains and bodies need them. We have a cozy corner in our room with a soft rug, a giant pillow, natural …

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Sep 13

Shteelim Shofar Exploration

Earlier in the week, children spent a lot of time using  שופרות (shofarot)  in their play, they were really focused on sound.   The past two days, I brought a שופר (shofar) in a Mystery box. We sat down together and took turns putting our יד (yad– hand) in the box, just one of many ways we …

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Jun 08

Completing the Year on a Sweet Note

Shorashim (‘roots’ for nursery) and Shteelim (‘saplings’ for Kindergarten) had a wonderful last week of Jewish Enrichment for the שנה (shanah– year)! Playing one last game of מסטיק (Mastik– the Hebrew version of, “bubble gum, bubble gum in a dish”)! Last עברית (Ivrit– Hebrew) choices! Finishing our אותיות (otiot– Hebrew letters) book! Playing a משחק צבע (mischak tzevah– color game) outside with the parachute! …

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May 24

New Ways of Playing Tzedakah!

This week Shorashim (‘Roots’ for Nursery) and Shteelim (‘Saplings’ for Kindergarten) have continued to play צדקה (Tzedakah) different ways. We already know that צדקה (Tzedakah– charity/justice) is money we give to help people who need it, but צדקה (Tzedakah – charity/justice) might be used to help in different ways. צדקה (Tzedakah- charity/justice) may be given to help build playgrounds in neighborhoods …

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