Sara Grossman

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Name: Sara Grossman
Date registered: August 18, 2014

Latest posts

  1. A new project — May 20, 2019
  2. Searching for examples — May 9, 2019
  3. Sharing stories — May 1, 2019
  4. Helping Ourselves and Each Other During Zeman Ivrit (Hebrew Time) — April 23, 2019
  5. Tough stuff — April 15, 2019

Most commented posts

  1. Exodus 16 for Nursery-2nd grade — 3 comments
  2. Exodus 16 for 3rd-6th grades — 2 comments
  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

May 20

A new project

It’s hard to believe that we only have a few weeks left before we say goodbye for the summer. Nitzanim children are beginning to reflect on all of the learning, playing, and growing we’ve done as a community this year. Today we started working on a final project that makes visible the immense kindness and …

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May 09

Searching for examples

This week, Nitzanim children are diving into the Book of Ruth to search for examples of נוֹשֵׂא בְעֹל עִם חֲבֵרוֹ(nosei v’ol im chaveiro–helping a friend carry a burden). After hearing the text read aloud, children created comics, buildings, and collages. This second pass at the text is an opportunity to extend their thinking, use their …

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May 01

Sharing stories

We’re on the second day of our new theme, נוֹשֵׂא בְעֹל עִם חֲבֵרוֹ(Nosei v’ol im chaveiro–Help a friend carry a burden), and today children told stories of times they helped a friend with something difficult. We’re beginning to generate examples of different kinds of burdens like the burden of chores or tasks, hurt feelings, injuries, …

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Apr 23

Helping Ourselves and Each Other During Zeman Ivrit (Hebrew Time)

It’s spring quarter (can you believe it?), and by now Nitzanim children know A LOT of strategies for helping themselves and each other during זמן עברית (zeman Ivrit–Hebrew time). “Sit in a quiet, calm place.” “Talk in a regular voice.” “Practice many times.” “Give a friend an Aleph-Bet chart.” “Say to a friend, ‘I don’t …

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Apr 15

Tough stuff

Over the last two weeks Nitzanim (“Buds” for 1st grade) children have been wrestling with some really tough stuff. They had to keep straight the Mishnah, which says to tell the story at the seder from the “hard stuff” to the “awesome stuff” (Mishnah Pesachim 10:4). Then they had to keep track of two different …

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Apr 04

Spontaneous Singing

Morah Sara: Would anyone like an iPad to use to listen to Mah Nishtanah (The Four Questions)? Children: We don’t need an iPad. We already know the whole thing. And wow, they really did amaze me when they broke into song right then and there and sang every word (with a little help from me …

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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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