Grace Gleason

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Name: Grace Gleason
Date registered: August 18, 2014

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  1. Shteelim Closes Out Our Year Together — June 11, 2015
  2. Revisiting Meaningful Explorations as We Close the Year in Shteelim — May 21, 2015
  3. Shteelim Explore the Idea of הפקר (Hefker – Ownerless) — May 14, 2015
  4. Tackling Big Questions Through Play — May 7, 2015
  5. Bringing our Ideas about Sh’mitah into the Sun and Soil — April 30, 2015

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Jun 11

Shteelim Closes Out Our Year Together

The past two weeks in Shteelim, we have concluded our (Sh’mitah -Release) theme, celebrated with our families at the Exploration and Celebration, packed up our space, had new adventures in our newly empty space, worked hard to finish our memory sefarim (books), revisited some of our favorite explorations from the year and brainstormed advice we would want …

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May 21

Revisiting Meaningful Explorations as We Close the Year in Shteelim

This week in Shteelim, we wrapped up our Sh’mitah theme and moved into a time of reflection and remembering of the past year. In our final conversations about Sh’mitah, Shteelimers connected the Sh’mitah year to Shabbat as they came up with similarities and differences between the two traditions, and asked why we observe both in …

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May 14

Shteelim Explore the Idea of הפקר (Hefker – Ownerless)

This week in Shteelim, we were able to explore two of our areas of focus – the concept of הפקר (hefker – ownerless) and counting בעברית (b’Ivrit – in Hebrew) – at the same time! In our farming play area, we set out with the new challenge of taking only as much as we need from others’ …

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May 07

Tackling Big Questions Through Play

This week in Shteelim we’ve had a chance to continuing exploring in the agricultural play space, where Shteelim have acted out their preparation for the שמיטה (Sh’mitah – Release) year, as well as what they would do during the year itself. One of the big ideas that I can see has defined Shteelim’s understandings of Sh’mitah is …

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Apr 30

Bringing our Ideas about Sh’mitah into the Sun and Soil

This week, many Shteelim got the chance to visit KAM Isaiah Israel’s Urban Farm, and see, hear, taste, touch and smell how a Chicago farm is practicing the שמיטה (Sh’mitah-release) year in real life. We brought our ideas about שמיטה (Sh’mitah-release) and many questions we have developed over the past three weeks. Last week, we had …

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Apr 16

Shteelim Begin our שמיטה (Sh’mitah) Theme

This week in Shteelim, we dove in to our final theme of the year, שמיטה (Sh’mitah – Release). Our first week in this theme was guided by learning foundational knowledge about the שמיטה year and the farming process, generating many questions and wonderings about שמיטה, and keeping track of all the new information we learned. To do these …

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Apr 02

Mah Nishtanah Madness and Other Pesach Prep

This week in Shteelim, we had nonstop singing, making art about, and playing with מה נשתנה (Mah Nishtanah – The Four Questions). We finished making our fabric banners in יצירתיות (Yetzirah – creativity), which show each of the four questions as represented by the items that are different: מצה (matzah), מרור (maror), שתי פעמים (shtei f’amim – (dip) twice), and מְסֻבִּין …

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Mar 13

Shteelim Connect the Seder Plate to the Exodus Story

Over the past two weeks in Shteelim, we’ve started a full exploration of פסח (Pesach—Passover). Kindergarteners have been working on  מה נשתנה (Ma Nishtanah -The Four Questions) in new משחקים (Mischakim-games), making a fabric banner יצירה (Yetzirah-art/creativity), and lots of singing as we walk or play. Most Shteelimers will be ready to sing the מה נשתנה (Mah Nishtanah …

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Feb 26

Shteelim Return to the Torah

After spending several weeks reading the first fifteen chapters of שמות (Shemot – Exodus) from the time the Israelites were slaves in Egypt through Miriam’s singing and dancing as they make it to the other side of the sea, we’ve finished our reading of the story and have transitioned into exploring פורים (Purim). I read the Exodus …

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Feb 19

Purim Play and Mishloach Manot in Shteelim

This week in Shteelim, we began our exploration of פורים (Purim) — reading the story of Esther, putting on puppet shows, making our own puppets, baking hamantaschen and giving them away! Over the next two weeks, we will be focusing on the ארבע מצוות (Arbah Mitzvot – four mitzvot) of פורים (Purim): לשמוע מגילה (lishmoa megillah — listening to the …

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