Tag Archive: exploration

Nov 10

Shorashim Makes Salt Dough

This week in Shorashim we’re continuing to play the story of Avraham V’Sarah! In order to learn about how Sarah made bread for her visitors, we made some salt dough.   We added water, flour, and LOTS of salt. Morah Lizzi helped us measure all the ingredients. When the dough got too thick to stir, …

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Oct 24

A Trip to the Torah

At the beginning of a new Torah theme, we often visit the chapel and open up the Torah to the exact words of the theme text, the ones we’re reading at kibud (snack). Even though we frequently label our theme texts as “Torah texts,” it’s hard to connect the story that we’re playing and building with the physical …

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Oct 19

Shorashim Celebrates Simchat Torah with the Torah!

All this week, Shorashim celebrated Simchat Torah.  On Simchat Torah, we finish the end of the last book of the Torah, and start all over again at the beginning.  This holiday is typically celebrated with song, dance, and yup, you guessed it, the Torah! But what exactly is the Torah that we talk (and sing) …

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Oct 19

Shorashim Design a Torah

This week Shorashim (“Roots” for Nursery) explored the Torah to celebrate Simchat Torah! We arranged shapes on the projector to look at ways we could dress the Torah. And we discovered that we could use the projector in so many different ways to add to our play! We could project the Torah on ourselves We …

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Oct 02

Solving the Sukkah Puzzle

Can you see it, too? That focused determination? The team work? The excitement to solve the puzzle? Today we tried to figure out the “rules” of building a סכה (Sukkah—booth) according to the ancient, early rabbis of the Talmud (4th-6th centuries). We looked at pictures of lots of different סכות (sukkot—booths). They varied in size, shape, and material. Then we …

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Sep 25

“Wedding Pretty”

Today we took a little trip… … to see the Torah dressed in white for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We practiced careful looking and quietly sketched the Torahs. Children noticed, “crowns,” “that it [the Torah] has legs,” and “writing.” And then, we were ready to imagine. With hushed voices children offered the following explanations …

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Sep 13

Shteelim Shofar Exploration

Earlier in the week, children spent a lot of time using  שופרות (shofarot)  in their play, they were really focused on sound.   The past two days, I brought a שופר (shofar) in a Mystery box. We sat down together and took turns putting our יד (yad– hand) in the box, just one of many ways we …

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Apr 23

Exploring the Torah in Shalom Chaverim

We are busy exploring the Torah in Shalom Chaverim. We are burying and uncovering pictures of the Torah in the sensory table– sharing conversation about the colors and shapes that we see. We are exploring all of the special objects that go along with the Torah– a yad for pointing out letters, a ner amid …

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Apr 07

Anafim taking the wheel

“Ok, we know all the other parts of the סדר (Seder, the ritual Passover meal). But what is נרצה (Nirtzah)? Our chart just has a picture of moon and stars.” “Let’s go downstairs and look at the הגדות (Haggadot, guidebooks for the Seder) set out at the book fair to see what they say.” “Okay, but we …

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Jan 31

Slowing Down to Hear the Text

Our main Kedushah theme text (click here for the text) is packed to the brim with details. There are so many examples of holiness in just one פרק (perek–chapter) of the Torah! It’s hard to really hear such a full text, so we’ve been testing out some strategies to help ourselves slow down and listen closely. We tried …

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