Tag Archive: exploration

Nov 01

Yetzirah in Ya’akov v’Esav!

This week in Anafim v’Alonim (“Branches” for 4th grade and “Oak trees” for 5th and 6th grades), we’ve been expanding our ideas about Ya’akov v’Esav (Jacob and Esau) while further exploring our collage and building modalities. With their chavrutah (text study partner), children have studied Bereishit (Genesis) 32 & 33, and as we move closer to synthesizing the texts, …

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Oct 24

Anafim Goes Big

In Anafim (“Branches” for 2nd and 3rd graders), we have been noticing how different artistic modalities allow us to generate new ideas about our Ya’akov v’Esav text. Through tiny building, watercolor, collage and more, we’ve explored what the characters in the text have been feeling, thinking, and doing. Lately, we’ve found making big buildings with …

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Oct 21

Exploring the Torah in Shalom Chaverim

For the past two weeks, the zero-three year olds and their grown-ups in Shalom Chaverim have been investigating a special Jewish book– the Torah!   We unrolled a Torah together, and peered inside. We discovered lots of Hebrew letters written on soft parchment! We cared for our own (toddler-friendly!) Torah by building it an aron hakodesh  …

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Apr 08

Exploring the Mezuzzah in Shalom Chaverim

This week in Shalom Chaverim, the 0-3 year old children (and their grown ups!) set off to explore an important Jewish object– the mezuzzah! Together, we answered such questions as– what’s a mezuzzah? And… what’s inside there? We noticed the Hebrew letter shin– and we learned that inside is a special Jewish prayer, the Shema! …

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Feb 01

How Many Ways Can We Celebrate Shabbat?

Many of the children in Shteelim (‘Saplings’ for kindergarten) already associate שבת (Shabbat) with lighting nerot (candles), eating challah, drinking grape juice, and having shabbat dinner. This week we are moving beyond our initial associations with שבת (Shabbat) by exploring how we might make שבת (Shabbat) feel different from other days of the week. First, we heard …

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Jan 25

Creating, exploring

In ענפים (Anafim, “branches” for 3rd-4th grade children), we’re not afraid to let things get a little messy. See, when you’re not afraid to experiment… and collaborate…. and really get your hands dirty… …you might just discover something beautiful you had inside of you, all along.

Jan 08

Shabbat!

We’ve started our new theme–Shabbat! There are SO MANY ways to play Shabbat with our Shorashim friends! We’ve been getting Shabbat dinner ready in the מִטְבָּח (mitbach–kitchen). We’ve built houses to have our Shabbat in. We stamped the letters of Shabbat, ש shin, ב bet, ת tav  and found ש shin, ב bet, ת tav in the sensory …

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Dec 11

Chanukkah Everywhere!

We see חנוכה (Chanukkah) everywhere! “Look a menorah!” “Another menorah! It has a helper candle.” We weren’t sure about this one because it looked a little different, but then we counted. It had שמונה (shmoneh–eight) places for נרות (nerot–candles) and one place for the שמש (shamash–helper candle). Must be a חנוכייה (chanukkiyah–Chanukkah menorah). A סביבון (sevivon–dreidel), too! We even had a Chanukkah …

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Nov 28

Noticing Similarities and Differences

We’re barreling head first toward the end of our theme (come join us on December 10 to explore children’s incredible ideas!). Today we took a moment to slow down and look closely at our work to notice similarities and differences between our work and other children’s work. We’re learning that “interpretation” means “my own ideas about …

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Nov 27

A Curious Visit to the Torah

Shorashimers are naturally curious. There’s so much joy in exploring new things! Our recent visit to see the torah was filled with wonder and excitement! Where’s the torah? “Is it under here?” “What’s that thing?” Oof how does this open? We found it! “Is this a table?” “Soft” “So heavy.” “This is like a finger …

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