Tag Archive: Breishit

Nov 21

Sharing Science Pictures at Kibud

Right now, the ספריה (sifriyah – library) area in Beit Nitzanim is filled with books related to the days of  בראשית (bereishit): books about insects, space, skeletons, the sea, carnivorous plants, giant animals, the stars, and more. We invite children to look through these books and choose something to share with their חברים (chaverim – friends) at …

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Nov 20

Shorashim’s New Animals Corner

As Shorashim began exploring the first creation story in Bereishit,  the group’s fascination with animals quickly became evident. In response, one corner of our classroom has been transformed into a Peenat Chayot ( Animals Corner).  The classroom menagerie of plush and plastic animals run free here, alongside a mug of animal stick puppets ready to put …

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Nov 20

Interpreting the Breishit Story

We’re making books about how we interpret the Breishit story.  We put the Torah’s text in the middle, and then we draw pictures or write words about what we think the story means. Sometimes we use the overhead projector to make an interpretation of the Breishit story. The children haven’t talked about it yet, but what …

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Nov 20

Hangman in Yetzirah

Today in Yetzirah, after finishing watercolors of Breishit, these two boys decided it was time to play a Hebrew version of Hangman. Boy 1 recalled the letters of his Hebrew name by heart! As a result, the kids enhanced their knowledge of Hebrew letters while simultaneously engaging each other in play. You can play this …

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Nov 16

Reading out of the Chumash

Earlier this week, the Nitzanim kids decided to read out of the chumashim in the chapel using the metal yadayyim we use to read the Torah. They used Hebrew words they already knew and filled in the rest with their own Hebrew-style gibberish! By playing with the text in this way, the kids developed their …

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Nov 16

Erev/Boker Song

Sing along! Song title: Hiney Tov M’od (music by Gordon Lustig). Here’s a link to the mp3. Album: American Jewish Summer: Songs of the Jewish Youth Camping Movement

Nov 15

Late Afternoon Nitzanim Text Study

By late afternoon, it’s dark. The Nitzanimers are tired. They usually settle into quiet activity. Today, our exploration kept circling back to what the Torah says.       * “mixed-up jumble” – see Genesis Chapter 1, verse 2!  

Nov 15

Shorashim using new materials

Shorashim came into Yetzirah today to explore animals (chayot חיות). Today was also the first day we introduced them to a new art material – oil pastels. Some of the children’s reactions to the new material were confused. They said, “When it dries I will…” as if the oil pastels were paint. Shorashim also had a …

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Nov 15

Yom Rishon (First Day) and Yom Revee’ee (Fourth Day) Watercolors!

Yesterday, Nitzanim came into Yetzirah to start making watercolor interpretations of יום ראשון (Yom Rishon) and יום רביעי (Yom Revi’ee). First children planned their paintings by drawing out what they were going to paint and then used both the “wet on wet” and “wet on dry” techniques they learned earlier in the year, to create …

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Nov 14

Excerpt From Nitzanim Discussion About Creation

Nitzanim explored the Torah’s text for Day 1 (Yom Rishon) and Day 4 (Yom Revee’ee). Here’s a snippet of what they said… Boy 1: Wait. The whole solar system is made from God. Rabbi R.: Ooh. Which day did that happen? Or not on any of these days. Boy 1: That happened on the first …

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