Tag Archive: cooperative learning

Sep 10

Nitzanim Conducts Research


This week Nitzanim conducted research about the שופר (shofar) independently! Their own questions and ideas drove their research.  Here’s how they did it: Brainstorm what it means to conduct research. One child defined research as, “When you’re wondering about something…you go on a quest until you find out what you’re looking for.”  Make observations about the …

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Sep 10

Patterns in Nature, Patterns in Ourselves


This week in Yetzirah, Nitzanim (“Buds,” for 1st-2nd grade children) took a closer look at one of the natural symbols of Rosh Hashanah: תפוחים (tapuchim- apples). We used sliced halves of tapuchim as our painting instruments to create a tapestry for Nitzanim.       תודה (toda– thank you), Nitzanim! During the first week of Jewish Enrichment Center, you made …

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Apr 29

Shorashim Prepares the Land for שמיטה (Sh’mitah)

A four year old smells and tastes mint leaves from the KAM Isaiah Israel garden.

This week, some Shorashimers got to leave the Jewish Enrichment Center to take a field trip to a real garden in Chicago that is observing שמיטה (Sh’mitah-release). We saw some of the Perennial plants they had in their garden and heard about why they decided to and how they observe שמיטה (Sh’mitah-release). This was such a special time …

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Feb 12

Ivrit Growth in Beit Shteelim

Two Shteelimers sharing materials to create the aleph bet together

  Amidst Shteelim’s explorations of the שמות (Shemot – Exodus) story in designing costumes, we’ve also had what I think is tremendous growth in עברית (Ivrit – Hebrew) over the past several weeks, working on several new goals in kindergarten! Over the past two weeks, as Jewish Enrichment Center staff has focused on Ivrit teaching …

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Jun 09

Anafim 5774 Hashavat Aveidah Presentation


  Below are the words of the Anafim children compiled by their Morah (educator).   Girl, age 7: We read the Torah verses that introduce Hashavat Aveidah, returning lost objects. We noticed the last words, “Don’t hide from the responsibility.” We thought that the Torah tells you to do Hashavat Aveidah but it does not tell …

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Jun 06

Anafim Roundup


There were too many great pictures this past week in Anafim to just choose one theme or narrative! I’ve decided to share snippets of what we are up to. A big part of Anafim has been using the vocabulary we have acquired over the year in full, crazy sentences. We have a whole gallery of …

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Jun 03

Shorashim Takes On Some Challenges

Photo Jun 01, 9 20 40 AM

This week Shorashim talked a bit about Shavuot and took on some exciting challenges! We focused our Shavuot explorations about the harvest aspect: we were inspired by pictures we had of various fruit and flowers that grow in spring and drew our own interpretations of them, as well as pictures of some other plants we …

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May 29

Shorashim Decorates the Tzedakah Box

Photo May 27, 3 17 31 PM

The short week didn’t stop Shorashim from having some thought provoking discussions!  With the paint now dry on our tzedakah box, we had a lot more to discuss. First we had to add other decorations.  In order to get ideas, we went out to take a look at how we decorated the Lost and Found …

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May 29

Anafim in action!


After our adventures last week, the Anafimers got down to business designing a new system for Hashavat Aveidah (returning lost objects) at 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd. They decided a bright colored lost and found box was necessary, as well as signs and flyers letting everyone know where the box is located. This was a …

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May 29

Mischakim After Shirah/Tefillah


The school year is ending, the weather is warmer and the kiddos are getting restless! Out with the Yoga Chayot. In with the Mischak Stations! Morah Esther has created some really fun stations: balance bean bags on your head, jump the creek, hula hoop, hopscotch, and ball balance- all while counting b’ivrit or challenge yourself …

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