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May 31

Celebrations Are Around the Corner!

  We are so excited to see you all this Sunday for the last Family Exploration and Celebration of the year.  It begins at 9am followed by a picnic at Harold Washington Park at 10:30am and Pack-Up at 11:30am!  Our children have been wrapping up the different projects they have been working on this theme …

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May 24

A Collaboration Celebration!

In Shteelim (“Saplings” for Kindergarten) we have been reflecting on the ways we like playing and exploring at the Jewish Enrichment Center. One thing that I was not surprised to hear children talk about is collaboration, that they like playing and exploring together. When we use our talking stick, we are collaborating on having a …

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May 23

Celebrating our Hebrew learning

We have just a few sessions left before we conclude our year, and Beit Nitzanim is abuzz with energy as children hurry to complete their Hebrew mastery challenges. What’s a Hebrew mastery challenge, you might ask? It’s a just-right Hebrew goal, just for me. And when I complete one of my goals, I get to celebrate …

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May 23

And Suddenly…

There is quiet focus new understanding of old text synthesis of the main idea naming our learning, and what was really important about our work this year. It’s end of year final project time. We have two days left to finish our project, the project that prompts us to revisit text, sort memories, determine what …

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May 22

Shorashim is Learning to Write Hebrew!

Shorashim (“Roots” for Nursery) has been learning about Hebrew all year, and we are finally starting to get the hang of making the letters ourselves! But just writing the Aleph-bet with a marker is not nearly as exciting as using white-board markers!  With these we can write, wipe it off, then write again!  We got …

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May 17

Reflection and Creation

  This week in Shteelim “(Saplings” for Kindergarten) we have been working on our final project, something that will help us remember our year in Shteelim when we come visit it, in the future. Our first step was to start looking back at our year together in photos, we talked about what we like to …

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May 17

Project Time is Magic

It’s May! In May, kids are bursting with energy. They start trying things they’d never have done a few months ago, and not the good stuff, either. (I didn’t catch a photo, but yes, those were our mature, responsible fifth and sixth graders playing a “game” of stealing crackers off of each other’s napkins yesterday.) The month of May can challenge …

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May 16

What does community look like?

We started something new this week. I can’t tell you much about it because… it’s a secret! What I can tell you is that our new project represents the culmination of one whole year together in Nitzanim. Children have worked so hard to learn what it looks like and sounds like to be a Nitzanim community, …

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May 09

A walk down memory lane

This week in Beit Nitzanim, we’re taking a walk down memory lane to begin reflecting on all of the learning and growing we’ve done in our community. We started by looking at photographs to help us remember our favorite ways to play, the projects we’re so proud of, and all of the עברית (Ivrit–Hebrew) learning …

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Apr 27

Exploring the Torah in Shalom Chaverim

This week, our exploration of Jewish objects in Shalom Chaverim (“Welcome, Friends!”) expanded to include a special book– The Torah! Together, the 0-3 year old children and their grown ups had the chance to explore the Torah in many different ways. We shared Torah stories together. and we examined many images of the Torah from …

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