Category Archive: Shabbat Theme

Jan 18

Middle Schoolers Manage Their Own Schedules

One of my goals as a teacher is to let children drive as much of the learning process as they’re ready for. I’ve been working with this group for years on how to take responsibility for their own learning and the learning of their peers. This month, we’ve reached a new milestone: managing our own schedules. …

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Jan 17

Shorashim Shabbat

It’s time for Shabbat! The guests are coming over soon! It’s time to polish the candlesticks. And dust the furniture. And cook a Shabbat soup. The sun is setting, and it’s getting dark. Time to light the נרות (nerot–candles) and cover our eyes. Now it’s grape juice time. Finally, let’s cut up the challah.  Dinner time. Chicken …

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Jan 11

Shteelim Shabbat

The beginning of a new quarter is an exciting time in Shteelim (‘saplings’ for Kindergarten) we have begun our new theme, שבת (Shabbat)! We are doing some research to figure out how we might play שבת (Shabbat). So far we have been reading stories about שבת (Shabbat) and have done some careful looking at shabbat …

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Jan 11

What Could We Do To Create Our Own Shabbat Pause?

“The Israelites should keep Shabbat, to make Shabbat…for in six days Adonai made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day (God) paused, and was refreshed.” (Ex 31) What kind of a Shabbat “pause” could we do together that might leave us refreshed? Here are several ideas 5th – 7th graders came up with: “You …

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Jan 11

Opening up Shabbat

Oh, the beginning of a new theme is so exciting! In ענפים (Anafim, “Branches” for 3rd-4th grade children), we opened up our שבת (Shabbat) theme with a big brainstorm: the children compiled a list of all the facts they knew or thought about שבת (Shabbat), and then, all of the things they wondered about שבת (Shabbat). Then, …

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Jan 09

Magnets

Yesterday, I watched as all five children chose to sit at the same שולחן (shulchan–table) to work on their Hebrew challenges. I wish I had a picture to share! Only a few children were actually working on the same challenge, but they all wanted to be together. Just in the short time that we’ve been back from …

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Jan 08

Shabbat!

We’ve started our new theme–Shabbat! There are SO MANY ways to play Shabbat with our Shorashim friends! We’ve been getting Shabbat dinner ready in the מִטְבָּח (mitbach–kitchen). We’ve built houses to have our Shabbat in. We stamped the letters of Shabbat, ש shin, ב bet, ת tav  and found ש shin, ב bet, ת tav in the sensory …

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Jan 05

So Great To Be Back!

Ooooh, it feels good to play together again! It was a week of… Leadership Group Challenge Hebrew Games Discovery Joy    

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