Sara Grossman

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Name: Sara Grossman
Date registered: August 18, 2014

Latest posts

  1. and…ACTION! — March 17, 2019
  2. Purim is coming! — March 11, 2019
  3. See you Sunday! — March 8, 2019
  4. Similar and different — February 25, 2019
  5. Making connections — February 21, 2019

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  3. Genesis 40:1-23 (Yosef in Prison) for 1st-5th — 2 comments
  4. Exodus 35-36 for 3rd-6th grades — 2 comments
  5. Genesis 12 for 1st-6th grades — 2 comments

Author's posts listings

Mar 17

and…ACTION!

Rehearsals. ✓ Backdrops. ✓ Props. ✓ Costumes. ✓ Script. ✓ Must be time for a show! Check out some of the highlights from this morning’s premier. Chag Purim Sameach (Happy Purim)!

Mar 11

Purim is coming!

Purim is on its way, and first grade Nitzanim (“Buds”) are celebrating this joyous holiday with happiness, friendship, and fun! Children have spent hours putting on costumes, negotiating roles, and acting out Megillat Esther (the story of Esther). Stay tuned as we create backdrops, props, and costumes for a GIANT production! מסכות (masechot–masks) are always …

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Mar 08

See you Sunday!

It’s been a flurry of printing, editing, gluing, and chopping as we prepare to share children’s ideas about our winter quarter theme L’hitpalel (“To pray”). In this installation, children are wrestling with the role of Adonai (God) in prayer; the way a person might feel before, during, and after choosing to pray; and the many, …

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Feb 25

Similar and different

We’re in week two of frenzied final project mode in Beit Nitzanim, but today we took a few moments to slow down and share. Children took turns telling their לְהִתְפַּלֵל (L’hitpalel) stories to a peer. They showed photos of their buildings, explained project planning pages, and some of our big first grade readers even read …

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Feb 21

Making connections

This week, first grade Nitzanim children started their final projects for our להתפלל (L’hitpalel) theme. Many children are working with a partner to tell a fictional story about תפילה (tefillah–prayer). All week, I’ve sat in the hallway with pairs of children transcribing stories that come tumbling out of mouths. One story is about Lily, who …

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Feb 11

Ivrit Update

It’s AMAZING how much עברית (Ivrit–Hebrew) Nitzanim children have learned this year, and it’s only February! First grade Nitzanim’s Hebrew program focuses on playing with the sounds of Hebrew consonants and vowels. We’re onto our FIFTH vowel, and children couldn’t be more proud! It was time for a little shake up of our Hebrew shelves, …

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Feb 07

Overheard in Beit Nitzanim

Child 1 & Child 2 are playing tseva (color) pick-up sticks. Children take turns trying to pickup a stick without moving any of the sticks in the pile. If they successfully lift a stick, they must say the Hebrew name of the colored dot on the stick. Child 1: You have to say the tseva …

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Jan 31

Moments of collaboration

Remember when I said that first grade Nitzanim were hard at work growing their skills for working with a partner? This gorgeous collaboration continues! Let me be clear… I’m celebrating children working next to each other and sharing materials. It’s so much more! Children are discussing ideas, planning together, and negotiating differences of opinion. Everywhere …

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Jan 21

Questions lead to more questions

Last week, we launched our brand new theme, להתפלל (L’hitpalel) with close looking and LOTS and LOTS of questions. In their initial investigation, first grade anthropologists noticed that people were wearing, “prayer scarves,” or, טליתות (talitot).  “My mom wears that to Minyan Gadol!” “Hey, my rabbi wears one.” “What are those?” Given our beginning interest …

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Jan 10

Growing Skills for Partner Work

I continue to be struck by the way that Nitzanim children have been delighted all year to work with a partner. We’ve worked so hard as a community to intentionally build our skills for kind partnership, and I’ve been amazed to see how seriously children take up this challenge. Check out everything we’ve been practicing: …

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