Tag Archive: dramatic play

May 27

It’s Play Time in 3rd – 5th Grade!

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Third through fifth grade Anafim (“Branches”) children are writing and producing our own play! Our play is based on legends about an early rabbi, Rabbi Akiva. It has been tremendously exciting. We divided into teams (loosely) and got down to business. Writing Team: We collaborated on an entire script! “I didn’t know it was so hard to …

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Jan 15

Story Drama

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  For the past few weeks in Anafim (“Branches”), our 3rd – 5th grade children have reviewed (or read for the first time! how exciting!) stories from Genesis that we’ve explored at the Enrichment Center during the past few years. It’s in preparation for our new Torah theme, which starts Sunday.   We wanted to do our …

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Dec 11

Chanukah Skits!

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Anafim LOVES to act! Our 3rd – 5th grade children named one of their goals for the year as: Do Skits. This week, after so much individual work on final projects for our theme, we came together for some seriously fun whole-group collaboration. Our new moreh (teacher), Ben, led us in improv games. Then we designed skits about …

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Oct 08

Torah Play

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This week was all about celebrating the Torah!  We played a special Torah game in which we were given clues to find a certain word in the Torah (actually, all the books in the Tanakh, the Torah, Prophets, and Writings).   The words filled in a crossword puzzle. There was loud cheering when we figured it …

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Jan 14

Sharing our Ideas with Each Other

A three year old and a kindergarten act out one of the scenes from the story we have been hearing. One of them plays Moshe, one is Tzipporah and they are holding their new son Gershom.

This week in Shorashim, we continued hearing our story from the book of שמות (Shmot-Exodus) together. Hearing the details again made us think about so many ideas and questions. Below is a conversation three and four year olds had about our story during כיבוד (kibud-snack). Boy 1: I was surprised at the part about how the baby boys …

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Jan 08

Beginning a New Theme Together

A four year old builds a basket for baby Moshe.

This week, we began our new theme in Shorashim called הגדה (Haggadah). During this theme, we are reading a story that comes from the book of שמות (Shmot—Exodus) in the Torah. Over the next several weeks, Shorashimers will have time to think about this story deeply, ask questions, and create it themselves through many different modalities. …

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Apr 10

Shorashim Tells the Story of Pesach

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Shorashim has been thoroughly enjoying acting out the story of Pesach in a variety of ways.  Without further ado, here are some highlights from the story with some artistic embellishments our Shorashim actors included.  (NOTE: The pictures are taken from multiple renditions so the roles are represented by a few different actors.)   Pharoah was …

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Dec 19

Anafim puts on a play

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Our Wednesday Anafimers have spent time in an amazing extended yetzirah (art/expression) project. As the project wrapped up it became clear the Anafimers had other talents itching to be unleashed, and a dramatic production was in order! Morah Hinda read the chassidic story “Mendel the Thief” in which the thief sets out to trick the …

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Nov 14

Thought-Provoking Skits in Beit Anafim!

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As our Anafimers grow as readers, there are a wealth of exploration opportunities now available. A favorite for getting inside a Torah text and really interpreting what the characters are thinking and feeling in the story is the form of a skit. A couple weeks ago the Anafimers prepared multiple versions of the same scene …

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Nov 07

Rivkah Dramatic Play in Shorashim

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There’s no better way to help you understand and remember a story than to tell it yourself.  We did just that in Shorashim this week by bringing the first story of Rivkah to life through dramatic play!   Instead of one scripted performance, children were given the opportunity to come in and out of the …

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