Tag Archive: Hebrew

Mar 11

Preparing for Purim!

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This week in Shorashim/Shteelim (nursery and kindergarten) we started learning the story of Purim! While reading a kid-friendly Megilat Esther, children were able to discuss the plot and characters, as well as build parts of the story, make puppets of Haman, King Achashverosh, Mordechai, and Queen Esther, and make masks! We learned about the importance …

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Mar 10

What We Do To Unwind

Wow! We have worked hard for seven weeks to explore יוסף (Yosef – Joseph) in the Torah. From wrestling with how brothers could sell another brother into slavery, to feeling renewed determination to stand up for others in tough situations (born out of a heated classroom conversation about whether or not the character of Reuven was brave), we are closing this …

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Feb 25

Yosef in all his colors!

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This week we have continued the exploration of יוסף (Yosef) and the kids’ understanding of the story. With the creation of puppets, costumes, and building parts of the story, while thinking about Yosef’s יוסף feelings in Yetzirah. The topics of family, sadness, power, hunger, and emotion have all come up.  A very modern castle for …

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Feb 05

New Ways to Be In Charge of Our Own Learning

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We love it when we educators can hand over the reins to the children, when we’ve designed a safe arena full of content and challenge and opportunity, and children get to dive in and figure out their own paths. So when I arrived back in Chicago with new apps that would put children in the driver’s seat …

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Jan 06

So Simple, So Fun

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We play a short Hebrew game at every group meeting in Anafim. Our newest game is so simple, and so fun. We simply count by tens in Hebrew up to 100, then the next person says, “Pop!” and sits down. Then we begin counting again, reach 100, and “Pop!” until only one person is left. (The game is so …

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Dec 18

We Celebrated, We Played

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We had worked SO hard on our final Berakhah (Blessing) projects!  We celebrated our work by writing comments or questions about each other’s work. How exciting to hear our peers’ thoughts about what we’ve made! And, we played.  We played Cross the River, reading a Hebrew word as we make our way (any way we …

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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)

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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)

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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

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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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