Tag Archive: imagination play

Nov 02

Shteelim Designs Felt Pieces

This week, Shteelim (“saplings” for Kindergarten) designed felt pieces so we could act out the story of Avraham V’Sara on the Felt Board We sat down and listened carefully to the text, stopping when we heard something we wanted to make We had so many ideas for the felt pieces we wanted to play with! …

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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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Apr 27

Shorashim V’Shteelim Shavuot!

This week Shorashim (roots for nursery) and Shteelim (saplings for kindergarten) started our new theme, שבועות (Shavuot). We have been playing מגילת רות (Megillat Rut- The Book of Ruth), which is a special Jewish book that some Jews read or hear on שבועות (Shavuot). Much of our play has focused on three main characters – …

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Sep 14

A New Beginning

This week in Beit Shorashim/Shteelim (Nursery/Kindergarten), we have started preparing for ראש השנה (Rosh Hashanah-The beginning of the New Jewish Year).   We prepared a celebratory meal and tried תפוחים (Tapuchim–apples) and דבש (Devash-honey). We learned a new skill, pointillism (pointillism is a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of color are applied in …

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Jan 18

A Special Day in India

Special Days are full days of Jewish Enrichment where we get to spend the whole day playing and discovering with materials that captivate us! This year, we’re traveling around the world with Jewish folktales. At each Special Day we choose a folktale and country to explore and we find out about different ways to be …

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Nov 05

How does food get to our shulchan (table)?

Confession: We’ve been keeping a surprise in Beit Shorashim v’Shteelim. After two weeks of practicing the ברכות (brakhot-blessings) we say when we’re about to eat food and when we see amazing things in nature, we have started learning about and practicing 5 of the main steps it takes for food to get to our שׁוּלְחָן (shulchan-table). And this week, we were able …

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May 14

Shteelim Explore the Idea of הפקר (Hefker – Ownerless)

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

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 07

Tackling Big Questions Through Play

This week in Shteelim we’ve had a chance to continuing exploring in the agricultural play space, where Shteelim have acted out their preparation for the שמיטה (Sh’mitah – Release) year, as well as what they would do during the year itself. One of the big ideas that I can see has defined Shteelim’s understandings of Sh’mitah is …

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May 06

Shorashim Begins to Think About הפקר (Hefker)

As the year starts to wind down, Shorashimers have grown so much throughout each of our themes this year. This week, they have moved into thinking about the idea of הפקר (Hefker-ownerless) in regards to the שמיטה (Shmitah-release) year. We moved into הפקר (Hefker-ownerless) earlier than expected because children really seemed to have grasped the …

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