Tag Archive: experiential learning

Feb 23

Exploring Kedushah Outside

This week, we spent time outside exploring קדושה (kedushah, holiness) outside. What a perfect week to spend time outside! At our special session on Shabbat, we walked to the lake and observed the day turning from Shabbat back into a normal day as the sun went down. We noticed the changes in the colors of the sky …

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Dec 01

Overheard in Anafim

“Quick, quick! They’ll see us!” “This way, behind the pillar!” Later: “There were tiny people, and it was us, and there they were, huge…they started chasing us…”   (Context: In ענפים (Anafim, “Branches,” our 3rd-4th grade group), the children have been exploring the last text from our במדבר (Bamidbar, “in the wilderness”) theme, and adding their characters’ versions …

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Apr 21

Prove It

Sometimes, the best learning comes up unexpectedly. It’s up to us to seize the moment. There we were, pulling apart the structure of Rabban Gamliel’s argument (really! with great enthusiasm!), and one fourth grader said, “Hallel is in the Tanakh.” [Tanakh is an acronym for Torah, Nevi’im (Prophets), and Ketuvim (Writings).] And I said, “Prove …

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Nov 20

One, Two, Three

With nursery children, things often go one, two, three. One child will have an idea, then a second child will join, then a third. Often it’s the best things that spread one, two, three.  What fun! The first boy said, “I want to stretch my body. I want to do alef bet yoga.” And then it …

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Apr 01

Getting Ready for Seder

After a few weeks away from each other, it was so nice to be back together as a community this week. With פסח (Pesach-Passover) just a few days away, there was a lot to do in Shorashim to get ready. During משחקים (Mischakim-games) we made sure we really remembered the items on the Seder plate …

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Aug 27

Continuing to Explore our Special Shemot (Names)

Today at camp, we continued the exploration of our שמות (Shemot-names)  and looking closely at the different אותיות (Otiot-letters) in the Aleph Bet. We started our morning putting together Aleph Bet puzzles and Morah Chana lead us in a Yetzirah project where we made the special אותיות (Otiot-letters) in our שמ (Shem-name) out of glue and food coloring. …

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Aug 20

Intentional Design

  During our second week of staff orientation and preparation, we’ve spent a lot of time intentionally designing our JEC rooms to best facilitate exploration, growth and comfort for our children this year. With the help of parents, we are in the process of completely rearranging the environments. One of our new environments will be …

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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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May 01

Torah Scholars and Interpreters in Anafim

Anafim began the third theme of the year this past week, Hashavat Aveidah (returning lost objects) by examining the biblical verses which command that one not hide from the responsibility of returning objects to the owner. Anafim had quite the task ahead of them as they thought through how the biblical verses could help them …

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Mar 20

Shorashim Celebrates Purim!

This week Shorashim celebrated Purim!  We dressed up in costumes, from policemen…   …to the the wicked Haman, complete with a classroom-made “triangle” shaped hat!   We read the “megillah” with our puppets and groggers, making lots of רעש (ra’ash – noise) each time we heard Haman’s name.   We even baked hamantaschen!  We got to roll …

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