Tag Archive: Hebrew

Nov 05

Loud and Quiet

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What a community we have in Anafim! We work hard. Focus. And we burst into spontaneous dance. Because we LOVE being together.   This week, Rabbi Rebecca prepared TEN new Hebrew challenges. What excitement! Children rushed to choose one, then our room went silent. Until the exclamations, “I did it!”   We took a little break and …

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Sep 23

We Remember So Much Ivrit (Hebrew)


I’m amazed at how much עברית (Ivrit–Hebrew) Nitzanim children remember! Children remember the names of אותיות (otiot–letters) and צבעים (tzeva’im–colors) when they play bingo together.    Children remember how to lead our ברכות (brachot–blessings) routine before we eat כיבוד (kibud–snack). Children remember vowel sounds when they play with our עברית (Ivrit–Hebrew) bananagrams.   Children also remember …

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Sep 18

Three Colors of Tapuchim (Apples)


Hey! Those תפוחים (tapuchim – apples) Rabbi Rebecca has are THREE different colors. Hey! Everything we’re doing is THREE colors! צהוב TZAHOV (see the color of the hoop?)       אדום ADOM (see the color of her paint?):   YAROK (see what color marker he has? He tested our THREE colors figure out which ones make …

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Sep 17

Peers Are Our Greatest Resource


In Beit Nitzanim, children are always helping each other grow עברית (Ivrit—Hebrew) skills. In the last two weeks, we’ve had many examples of peers supporting each other and holding each other accountable for learning.  One child consulted another child about the script final אותיות (otiot—letters). Two children sang the alef bet together to find out …

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Sep 15

Anafim Tackles Yosher and Ivrit


This week in Anafim, we began the school year (and finished off the Jewish year) by diving into both our theme of ישׁר (Yosher) and our lofty עברית (Ivrit-Hebrew) review goals for the next month. To start off our themework, we explored our own ideas and questions about what it means to be Yosher using examples from our …

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May 14

Shteelim Explore the Idea of הפקר (Hefker – Ownerless)

Gathering from the field during Sh'mitah.

This week in Shteelim, we were able to explore two of our areas of focus – the concept of הפקר (hefker – ownerless) and counting בעברית (b’Ivrit – in Hebrew) – at the same time! In our farming play area, we set out with the new challenge of taking only as much as we need from others’ …

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May 13

Diving Deeper into Hefker

Four and five year olds work together to make food to share with poor people during the  שמיטה (Shmitah-release) year.

This week Shorashimers continued thinking about the idea of הפקר (Hefker- ownerless) together. Before continuing to play in our farming space, children began mapping out what they imagined the field would look like in preparation for and during the שמיטה (Shmitah-release) year. This process led children to think deeper about what their play would look …

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May 04

עברית Ivrit Round-Up

Two first graders play a pick-up-sticks game they invented.

Nitzanim has made incredible strides this year during זמן עברית(zeman Ivrit—Hebrew time) both in terms of skill growth and self direction. Over the last few weeks, it has become clear that children are so capable and so familiar with our routine. Today, I looked around the room and every child was engaged with עברית (Ivrit—Hebrew), …

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Apr 22

What does your guf (body) do during the laila (night)?


This week in Shalom Chaverim was all about exploring what we can do with our bodies during the laila (night.) We explored the Shema together through story and song, and even put some babies to sleep with it. We made our own renditions of the laila, using chalk on black paper. Many children chose to …

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Apr 22

Finishing our farming books


In order to gain a further understanding to explore our theme of Sh’mitah, many of our children including Shorashim (nursery), Shteelim (Kindergarten), and Nitzanim (1st and 2nd) started a yetzirah (art-creativity) project last week that has to do with the process of farming.  We used collage to create individual books to show a simple four-step …

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