Category Archive: L’hitpalel

Feb 14

Exerting Independence

It is very powerful when a young child exerts their independence around making a choice. In this case, a 4 year old child walked up to our עברית (Ivrit-Hebrew) shelf, looked around and said, “I am going to do this!” When asked if they wanted a partner, they very confidently said, “no thank you.” They …

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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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Feb 05

New ways לְהִתְפַּלֵל (L’hitpalel)

In שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten), we have opened up the second category of our theme, לְהִתְפַּלֵל (L’hitpalel). We are considering the following question: what feeling do I feel when I try this way לְהִתְפַּלֵל (L’hitpalel)? Sometimes the answer to that question is a mark (mark making), or a word and …

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Feb 05

Building Connections in Anafim v’Alonim Between L’hitpalel and Channah’s Tefillah

For the past few weeks in Beit Anafim v’Alonim (branches” and “oak trees” for 4th and 5th grades) we’ve been exploring our current theme,   לְהִתְפַּלֵל (L’hitpalel) through a text about Channah and her תְּפִלָּה‬, tefillah (prayer).  The text can be found in the first book of Samuel.  This week children explored the feelings and ideas …

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Jan 31

Taking Care of Each Other While Exploring Together

This week I want to highlight a set of skills that children were working on, through the lens of one particular kind of exploration we did this week. First, we needed to connect a few explorations that at first did not seem connected to each other. At the very beginning of our new theme, לְהִתְפַּלֵל …

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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 30

What are They Doing?

After a week of exploring what people might wear on their bodies לְהִתְפַּלֵל (l’hitpalel), like a טַלִּית (tallit) or תְּפִלִּין (tefillin), the Anafim anthropology team has shifted toward investigating what people are actually doing when they choose לְהִתְפַּלֵל (l’hitpalel). We continued our close looking at pictures and videos of lots of different types of לְהִתְפַּלֵל …

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Jan 29

Diving Deep

WHAT a week in Anafim v’Alonim! Children have been deepening their ideas about l’hitpalel through a variety of modalities, including painting, building, and poetry. They have worked independently and with peers in partnerships and small groups. This has not only fostered their social skills and communication skills, but has opened up more opportunities to interact …

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Jan 23

Heading into the Field

As anthropologists investigating our new theme, להתפלל (L’hitpalel), we’ve asked LOTS of questions. When we looked closely at pictures and videos of להתפלל (L’hitpalel), we noticed that some people were wearing  טליתות (talitot). The second and third graders were curious — why would someone wear a טלית (talit)? When do they wear it? How do …

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