Sara Grossman

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Name: Sara Grossman
Date registered: August 18, 2014

Latest posts

  1. Some clues — December 12, 2017
  2. Chanukkah Everywhere! — December 11, 2017
  3. Noticing Similarities and Differences — November 28, 2017
  4. A Curious Visit to the Torah — November 27, 2017
  5. A Bunch of Feelings — November 15, 2017

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Dec 12

Some clues

I can’t believe that it’s the week before winter break. It feels like we were just beginning the year with the Opening Picnic! And yet, when I look around Beit Nitzanim, there are so many clues that actually, we’ve been together for a while and we’ve learned so much and worked so hard to be a community …

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Dec 11

Chanukkah Everywhere!

We see חנוכה (Chanukkah) everywhere! “Look a menorah!” “Another menorah! It has a helper candle.” We weren’t sure about this one because it looked a little different, but then we counted. It had שמונה (shmoneh–eight) places for נרות (nerot–candles) and one place for the שמש (shamash–helper candle). Must be a חנוכייה (chanukkiyah–Chanukkah menorah). A סביבון (sevivon–dreidel), too! We even had a Chanukkah …

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Nov 28

Noticing Similarities and Differences

We’re barreling head first toward the end of our theme (come join us on December 10 to explore children’s incredible ideas!). Today we took a moment to slow down and look closely at our work to notice similarities and differences between our work and other children’s work. We’re learning that “interpretation” means “my own ideas about …

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Nov 27

A Curious Visit to the Torah

Shorashimers are naturally curious. There’s so much joy in exploring new things! Our recent visit to see the torah was filled with wonder and excitement! Where’s the torah? “Is it under here?” “What’s that thing?” Oof how does this open? We found it! “Is this a table?” “Soft” “So heavy.” “This is like a finger …

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Nov 15

A Bunch of Feelings

This is our second week exploring בראשית כא (Breishit Kaf Aleph–Genesis 21) in Beit Nitzanim. It’s a tricky text with some complicated relationships between Avraham, his wife Sarah, and Sarah’s servant, Hagar. To sort through all of the complications, children met with a partner to share their ideas about how these three characters might have …

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Nov 14

“Sprinkles!”

There’s something new in Beit Shorashim! What is it?!? “Sprinkles!” (Also known as colored rice!) There are so many ways to play and learn in our sprinkles. We can practice sharing: “You can use this one.” We can count in Hebrew to figure out the number of scoops it takes to fill the cup all …

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Nov 06

Wow!

Wow… just amazing. Yesterday, we started heading in the direction of our final projects in Beit Nitzanim. I won’t tell you much more about our projects so that I don’t ruin the surprise. What I can tell you is that I’ve never seen Nitzanim so abuzz with purpose and excitement. These children truly took charge …

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Oct 31

The Just Right Challenge

What’s a just right challenge? It’s the one that children stick with for the entire זמן עברית (zeman Ivrit–Hebrew time), the one they come back to over and over. And it might be different for each child. Over the last few weeks, Nitzanim children have amazed me with their determination to practice their עברית (Ivrit–Hebrew) and …

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Oct 24

A Trip to the Torah

At the beginning of a new Torah theme, we often visit the chapel and open up the Torah to the exact words of the theme text, the ones we’re reading at kibud (snack). Even though we frequently label our theme texts as “Torah texts,” it’s hard to connect the story that we’re playing and building with the physical …

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Oct 17

So Many Possibilities

There are so many mysteries and puzzles inside new Torah texts. Even a close reading of just a few words opens up so many possibilities for what the Torah might mean and what the story might be about. On the first day of hearing a new text, Nitzanim children paid particular attention to Genesis 18:3, which says, “He …

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