Tag Archive: exploration

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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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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