Sara Grossman

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Name: Sara Grossman
Date registered: August 18, 2014

Latest posts

  1. New Hebrew Challenges Rock! — November 6, 2018
  2. Trying something new — October 30, 2018
  3. Genesis 25 & 27:1-9 for Nursery and Kindergarten — October 23, 2018
  4. Genesis 25 & 27 for 1st-3rd Grade — October 23, 2018
  5. All the Rage — October 22, 2018

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  1. Exodus 16 for Nursery-2nd grade — 3 comments
  2. Exodus 35-36 for 3rd-6th grades — 2 comments
  3. Genesis 12 for 1st-6th grades — 2 comments
  4. Exodus 16 for 3rd-6th grades — 2 comments
  5. Genesis 40:1-23 (Yosef in Prison) for 1st-5th — 2 comments

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Nov 06

New Hebrew Challenges Rock!

There is a flurry of excitement and industriousness in Beit Nitzanim during זמן עברית (Zeman Ivrit–Hebrew time) these days. With so many choices, children can find a way to play that’s just right for them and feel confident about their learning. Here are just a few of our favorite ways to play recently: These two children have …

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Oct 30

Trying something new

At the end of last week, Nitzanim children tried something new with great confidence! In small groups, children took turns holding their chalk pastel artwork and explaining their ideas to each other. With a little bit of help from a grown-up, some children were even able to respond to each other’s interpretations with sentence stems …

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Oct 23

Genesis 25 & 27:1-9 for Nursery and Kindergarten

Genesis 25 20 … Yitzchak was 40 years old, when he married Rivkah… 21 For many years they had no children. Yitzchak prayed to God for his wife. She became pregnant with twins. 22 Then, the babies were crushing each other inside of her. She said, “Why is this happening to me?” And she went …

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Oct 23

Genesis 25 & 27 for 1st-3rd Grade

Genesis 25   19 This is [about] the children of Yitzchak, the son of Avraham. Avraham had Yitzchak, 20 and when Yitzchak was 40 years old, he married Rivkah… 21 Yitzchak begged Adonai about his wife, because she couldn’t have a baby. And Adonai gave him what he begged for. Rivkah, his wife, became pregnant. …

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Oct 22

All the Rage

What makes us feel like this?!? Rainbow writing! It’s all the rage in Beit Nitzanim right now. First grade writers are working on meticulously copying the shapes of Hebrew letters both in print and in script. It started with one kiddo who really loves to write and didn’t find any Hebrew games on the shelves …

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Oct 15

Playing with sounds

In Beit Nitzanim, we’ve been playing with the sounds of Hebrew letters and words, listening closely to see what we can hear: “Can you hear the ahh sound in your שם (shem–name)?” “Who has a luh luh ל lamed in their שם (shem–name)?” Children are so ready to show off the Hebrew skills they worked so hard to grow in …

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Oct 04

Ideas emerge in the studio

This week, the יצירה (Yetzirah–Art/Creativity) studio was abuzz with energy as Nitzanim children shared interpretations from our Ya’akov v’Esav (Jacob and Esau) theme. Creative expression offers many children a way to reflect on their ideas and questions, test out interpretations, or show an idea that couldn’t be explained with words alone. When children do יצירה (yetzirah–art/creativity) in …

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Sep 19

Magical Moments

Sometimes, I look around Beit Nitzanim (“Buds” for first grade), sigh, and think that something magical has happened. On Monday, when I looked around during זמן עברית (zeman Ivrit–Hebrew time), all eight children were paired, spread around the space, working on different Hebrew challenges. And as magical as it may have felt, it really isn’t magical at all. …

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Sep 14

Diving deep in our second week

It all starts with a question, and then we’re off! At the Jewish Enrichment Center, children grow the confidence to articulate their own ideas about God and about Torah. Yesterday, at kibud (snack), children wanted to talk about the God character in the Torah (Click here for Genesis 25, the first text in our new theme!). Children carried this …

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Sep 14

Genesis 25: 19-26

Genesis 25:19-26 for 4th-5th grade children 19 This is [about] the descendents of Yitzchak, the son of Avraham. Avraham had Yitzchak, 20 and when Yitzchak was 40 years old, he took Rivkah (who was the daughter of B’tuel, an Aramean from Padan-Aram, and the sister of Lavan the Aramean) to be his wife. 21 And …

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