Tag Archive: collaboration

Oct 10

Recipe for an Anafim sukkah

One quick review of what the Early Rabbis thought a סוכה (sukkah) needed to include, drawing on several years of research and experience, Lots of long, straight sticks for the structure (expertly scavenged and stripped), and leafy branches to go on top,      A ball of twine, good lashing skills, and a few extra pairs of hands …

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May 25

Quick, quick.

There’s not a moment to lose! We only have a few real workdays left, and it turns out that this project we’ve undertaken is actually our biggest and most collaborative project yet. It’s just right for the end of the year, though: Look at how many skills and habits are going into it! Familiarity and …

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May 19

Collaboration

“Wait, the chalk slipped. Hold it still while I do it again.” “Can you pull that side so it stays tight?” “But look. If we make the swirls thinner, there’s more room for the scenes.” “Is that the earth and the sea?” “No, I think it’s Noah’s Ark. See the flood and the mountain sticking out?” …

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Apr 27

Group Challenges in Alonim

This week in Alonim (“oak trees,” for 5th and 6th grades), we started our new theme, שבועות (Shavuot)! We learned about three ideas that the Torah gives us about the holiday of Shavuot: Shavuot comes at the end of the counting of the omer, Shavuot celebrates the wheat harvest, and people bring bikkurim (the first things …

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Apr 06

Bake Sale for Hunger

This week, children in our mixed-age חוגים (chugim, Pesach electives) were given a text from the seder that says, “Let all who are hungry come and eat. Let all who are in need come and celebrate Passover.” When asked how they want to help hungry people in Chicago, they came up with a plan to …

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Oct 20

Many minds, helping hands

During the first few days of סוכות (the festival of Sukkot), we in ענפים (Anafim, “Branches” for 3rd-4th grade) began our Sukkah City project by figuring out the Early Rabbis’ rules of what a סוכה (sukkah) needs in order to count as a סוכה (sukkah). We looked at pictures of סוכות (sukkot) and discussed what …

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May 05

Collaboration Shows Off Our End-of-Year Skills

When I reflected on our week in 3rd – 5th grade Anafim (“Branches”), I noticed that children collaborated so easily throughout the week. What a wonderful demonstration of the skills we now have for working in different ways with different people! Building Puzzles: figuring out the structure of Hebrew words by finding patterns and explaining our ideas …

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Feb 10

Calm, Purpose, Joy

What a calm week we had! What purpose! What joy! Our Anafim (3rd – 5th grade) children got to make a lot of choices about their learning this week. The result: a very chill week, full of collaboration, creativity, and joy. We experimented in yetzirah (art/creativity) with 3D collage. (Truly remarkable ideas about Genesis!) Children decided …

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