Tag Archive: Nitzanim 5779

Apr 15

Tough stuff

Over the last two weeks Nitzanim (“Buds” for 1st grade) children have been wrestling with some really tough stuff. They had to keep straight the Mishnah, which says to tell the story at the seder from the “hard stuff” to the “awesome stuff” (Mishnah Pesachim 10:4). Then they had to keep track of two different …

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Apr 09

Nitzanim’s Got It in the Bag

With Pesach (Passover) just around the corner, Nitzanim has started designing their very own matzah bags! This week’s work involved creating and tracing a picture of what we thought was the ‘hard stuff’ and the ‘awesome stuff’ of Exodus 1-15, a story some Jewish people might choose to read during seder. Nitzanim worked diligently to …

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Apr 04

Spontaneous Singing

Morah Sara: Would anyone like an iPad to use to listen to Mah Nishtanah (The Four Questions)? Children: We don’t need an iPad. We already know the whole thing. And wow, they really did amaze me when they broke into song right then and there and sang every word (with a little help from me …

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Mar 17

and…ACTION!

Rehearsals. ✓ Backdrops. ✓ Props. ✓ Costumes. ✓ Script. ✓ Must be time for a show! Check out some of the highlights from this morning’s premier. Chag Purim Sameach (Happy Purim)!

Mar 11

Purim is coming!

Purim is on its way, and first grade Nitzanim (“Buds”) are celebrating this joyous holiday with happiness, friendship, and fun! Children have spent hours putting on costumes, negotiating roles, and acting out Megillat Esther (the story of Esther). Stay tuned as we create backdrops, props, and costumes for a GIANT production! מסכות (masechot–masks) are always …

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Mar 08

See you Sunday!

It’s been a flurry of printing, editing, gluing, and chopping as we prepare to share children’s ideas about our winter quarter theme L’hitpalel (“To pray”). In this installation, children are wrestling with the role of Adonai (God) in prayer; the way a person might feel before, during, and after choosing to pray; and the many, …

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Feb 25

Similar and different

We’re in week two of frenzied final project mode in Beit Nitzanim, but today we took a few moments to slow down and share. Children took turns telling their לְהִתְפַּלֵל (L’hitpalel) stories to a peer. They showed photos of their buildings, explained project planning pages, and some of our big first grade readers even read …

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Feb 21

Making connections

This week, first grade Nitzanim children started their final projects for our להתפלל (L’hitpalel) theme. Many children are working with a partner to tell a fictional story about תפילה (tefillah–prayer). All week, I’ve sat in the hallway with pairs of children transcribing stories that come tumbling out of mouths. One story is about Lily, who …

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Feb 11

Ivrit Update

It’s AMAZING how much עברית (Ivrit–Hebrew) Nitzanim children have learned this year, and it’s only February! First grade Nitzanim’s Hebrew program focuses on playing with the sounds of Hebrew consonants and vowels. We’re onto our FIFTH vowel, and children couldn’t be more proud! It was time for a little shake up of our Hebrew shelves, …

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Feb 07

Overheard in Beit Nitzanim

Child 1 & Child 2 are playing tseva (color) pick-up sticks. Children take turns trying to pickup a stick without moving any of the sticks in the pile. If they successfully lift a stick, they must say the Hebrew name of the colored dot on the stick. Child 1: You have to say the tseva …

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