Bperlman

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Name: Becky Perlman
Date registered: October 31, 2011
Jabber / Google Talk: jewishenrichment

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  1. Making the Story of Purim Come Alive for Young Learners — February 29, 2012
  2. Traveling to Shushan for Purim — February 29, 2012
  3. A Classroom of Queens and Princesses — February 22, 2012
  4. Delving Further into the Aleph-bet with Shorashim — February 22, 2012
  5. A Bear, A Toothbrush, and a Kiddush Cup Walk into a Forest. . . — February 15, 2012

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Feb 29

Making the Story of Purim Come Alive for Young Learners

The Shorashim learners have been familiarizing themselves with the basic narrative of Purim so that they can more fully enjoy participating in upcoming Purim community events like carnivals, parades, and Megillah readings. This week, after hearing the story of Purim told many times in different ways, the children enjoyed making their own Purim puppets so …

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Feb 29

Traveling to Shushan for Purim

This week in the Shorashim classroom, we packed our bags (and our stuffed animals and pillows) and took a trip to the walled city of Shushan, in Persia, where the story of Purim took place. After hearing the story of Purim told several ways (as an oral story with puppets and through different storybooks), the …

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Feb 22

A Classroom of Queens and Princesses

In Beit Shorashim, learner-directed imaginative play frequently involves kings, queens, princes, and princesses. This week, spurred on by the exciting knowledge that Purim is close at hand, many of the girls spontaneously decided to dress up as “Queen Esther” and “Princess Esther.” After parading royally around the room, they were very pleased to have their …

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Feb 22

Delving Further into the Aleph-bet with Shorashim

This week at the Jewish Enrichment Center was full of wonderful experiences with the Hebrew alphabet in Beit Shorashim. The Shorashim learners played Hebrew letter bingo, matched pairs of Hebrew letter flashcards, experimented with Hebrew letter stencils and stickers, and even attempted to write their whole names in Hebrew. One Shorashim student, when visiting Beit …

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Feb 15

A Bear, A Toothbrush, and a Kiddush Cup Walk into a Forest. . .

. . . No that’s not the set-up for a joke! This strange beginning was the inciting incident of an impromptu puppet drama acted out by the Shorashim learners on Tuesday. Using toilet-roll trees we’d made earlier in our Tu b’Shevat mini-theme, and Boker/Leyla (Morning/Evening) puppets from our Shema exploration (the teddy bear and toothbrush …

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Feb 15

A Cake for Tu B’Shevat

On Tuesday, the Shorashim learners did something we’ve never accomplished before as a group! We followed a recipe to bake a special Tu B’Shevat cake. The children worked together cooperatively and harmoniously to read the recipe (with the help of pictograms), catalog our ingredients, divide the work into discrete tasks, assist each other, and wait …

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Feb 09

A Tree Grows in Shorashim

Okay, not just one tree. Actually, whole forest of trees took root in Shorashim this week in honor of Tu B’Shevat. ¬†We have a new Peenat Eitzeem (Trees corner) where the learners are enjoying celebrating the “birthday” of the trees by making trees bloom. They spent Monday and Tuesday affixing leaves, flowers, and fruits to …

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Feb 03

Playing Telephone

The Shorashim students have been learning so much Hebrew that we thought it would be a great idea to make a classic toy they could use to speak Hebrew with their friends. Two cups and some string still make one great telephone! The Shorashim-ers enjoyed experimenting with the sounds of their voices while speaking into …

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Jan 30

Building a Jewish House

On Sunday in Shorashim, we began our morning by building Jewish homes with wooden blocks. This activity led to discussion of some of the things we have in our own Jewish homes. The Shorashim learners started the discussion by listing very general items like: markers, books, toys, and kitty cats. But as we continued, some …

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Jan 24

We are Mezuzot!

Today in Shorashim, we took turns pretending to be a mezuzah by making our bodies long and flat on top of a delet (door) outline taped on the floor of our classroom. We practiced saying, “Shalom, anee mezuzah!” (“Hello, I’m a mezuzah!”), to our classmates and teachers.

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