Tag Archive: discussion

Nov 17

Our own way

Look carefully. Do you see the cool thing about this picture? What are the children doing? Each time we in ענפים (Anafim, branches, our 3rd-4th grade group) discover a new text as part of our במדבר (Bamidbar, In the Wilderness) theme, we start off doing pretty much the same things all together. We read the text together. Then we …

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Oct 31

I heard you say…

This week I have been completely amazed to watch children learn and practice skills for chavrutah (partner text study). We’re working on listening this week—listening to ourselves, listening to the voice of the text, and listening to the voice of our partner. In groups of two, children perform a “close reading” of the text. One …

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Feb 21

Asking and Answering Big Questions

It might not look like much. Two children and an iPad. Or, a different two children and an iPad. While it may not look like much, Nitzanim accomplished something extraordinary today. After identifying their Big Questions (see this post for more about our Big Questions about Yosef), children were handed an iPad and a brief …

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Dec 02

Wondering Together

Wondering Booth (noun): A small, enclosed space in Beit Nitzanim dedicated to conversation about children’s Big Questions. Over the last seven weeks, children have developed Big Questions. These are questions about ברכה (berakha—blessing) that matter to each child personally, questions that indicate a deep wrestling with ברכה (berakha—blessing) as a concept. Sometimes children turn to …

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Nov 27

Priestly Blessing

Children’s reflections on the priestly blessing, the words some Jewish parents bless their children with on Friday nights: “When you’re born, your parents know you’re special. But they think, I wonder what’s going to be special about this kid. Then they see, ‘Oh, that!’ But they’re not sure. Because you’re not all the way grown …

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Nov 19

The Amazing Differences in Our Community

In Nitzanim, we’re beginning to wrestle with the ways that each person in our community is unique. We’ll continue to explore what it means to be a community of different minds and faces, but here are some of our ideas: Morah Sara: What are some amazing ways that someone is different from you? Girl 1: …

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Nov 04

Many Voices, Many Ideas

We learn so much from each other when we share our ideas! It’s not easy to have a conversation about the Mishnah with ten other children, especially when we’re hungry and tired after a long day at school! Over the last few weeks, we’ve been testing out different strategies to be our best selves during …

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Oct 22

Our World is Amazing

Nitzanim has been drawing AMAZING things we notice in nature or outside our windows. Why? Because you can say a ברכה (berakhah—blessing) when you notice something beautiful or powerful in the world. Here are some of the AMAZING things we’ve noticed (and perhaps imagined) around us: Boy 1: ” …then when I went fishing I …

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Oct 21

Berakhah (Blessing) Facts and Questions

  Rabbi Rebecca; What are some of the things you found out during our session on Saturday (Shabbat) afternoon? “There’s a בְּרָכָה (berakhah – blessing) to say when you hear thunder or see lightning.” “There’s a בְּרָכָה (berakhah) for when something terrible happens to you and you survive.” “Not all בְּרָכוֹת (berakhot, plural) start w Barukh atah adonai…“ “There’s a בְּרָכָה (berakhah) for everything!” And then …

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Oct 08

Building a Community One Step At a Time

How do 23 children and 2 מורים (morim—teachers) start building a community in Beit Nitzanim? Step 1: Figure out what it means to act in a ישר (yosher—uprightness) way. We became experts at distinguishing ישר (yosher–uprightness) from not ישר (yosher–uprightness).   Then we acted out Genesis 29, substituting ישר (yosher–uprightness) actions from not ישר (yosher–uprightness) actions.   Step …

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