Tag Archive: Nitzanim 5779

Oct 23

Genesis 25 & 27 for 1st-3rd Grade

Genesis 25   19 This is [about] the children of Yitzchak, the son of Avraham. Avraham had Yitzchak, 20 and when Yitzchak was 40 years old, he married Rivkah… 21 Yitzchak begged Adonai about his wife, because she couldn’t have a baby. And Adonai gave him what he begged for. Rivkah, his wife, became pregnant. …

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Oct 22

All the Rage

What makes us feel like this?!? Rainbow writing! It’s all the rage in Beit Nitzanim right now. First grade writers are working on meticulously copying the shapes of Hebrew letters both in print and in script. It started with one kiddo who really loves to write and didn’t find any Hebrew games on the shelves …

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Oct 15

Playing with sounds

In Beit Nitzanim, we’ve been playing with the sounds of Hebrew letters and words, listening closely to see what we can hear: “Can you hear the ahh sound in your שם (shem–name)?” “Who has a luh luh ל lamed in their שם (shem–name)?” Children are so ready to show off the Hebrew skills they worked so hard to grow in …

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Oct 04

Ideas emerge in the studio

This week, the יצירה (Yetzirah–Art/Creativity) studio was abuzz with energy as Nitzanim children shared interpretations from our Ya’akov v’Esav (Jacob and Esau) theme. Creative expression offers many children a way to reflect on their ideas and questions, test out interpretations, or show an idea that couldn’t be explained with words alone. When children do יצירה (yetzirah–art/creativity) in …

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Sep 19

Magical Moments

Sometimes, I look around Beit Nitzanim (“Buds” for first grade), sigh, and think that something magical has happened. On Monday, when I looked around during זמן עברית (zeman Ivrit–Hebrew time), all eight children were paired, spread around the space, working on different Hebrew challenges. And as magical as it may have felt, it really isn’t magical at all. …

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Sep 14

Diving deep in our second week

It all starts with a question, and then we’re off! At the Jewish Enrichment Center, children grow the confidence to articulate their own ideas about God and about Torah. Yesterday, at kibud (snack), children wanted to talk about the God character in the Torah (Click here for Genesis 25, the first text in our new theme!). Children carried this …

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Sep 07

We’re back!

We’re back! After a summer apart, we are thrilled to be back for our first week at the Jewish Enrichment Center. And what a joyful week of kindness, community building, and trying new thing’s it’s been! We’ve kindly offered each other strategies for finding out the names of Hebrew letters. We’ve tried a new way to …

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