Tag Archive: Nitzanim 5779

Dec 10

Celebration

Can you believe it’s already December? Where has the time gone? It feels like only yesterday that Nitzanim children were starting a new year in a new space with a new morah (teacher). Children have grown and learned so much since September! There’s so much to celebrate! We’re celebrating the way that children tried a Chanukah think-pair-share today …

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Nov 26

Run and play

Can you see it?! Can you feel it?!   Ah the joy of running around and playing together! Nitzanim children have worked SO HARD these last few weeks on their Ya’akov v’Esav projects. Each child has created a series of beautifully detailed chalk pastel drawings filled with ideas and questions about things that really matter …

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Nov 13

It’s (finally) Final Project Season!

In Nitzanim (“Buds” for first graders) we are SO excited to be working with chalk pastel for our final projects!!!   Each of us has selected a question or concept we want to get to the bottom of. Some of us have questions like… What kind of mommy is Rivka (Rebecca)? Is what happens fair? How do …

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Nov 06

New Hebrew Challenges Rock!

There is a flurry of excitement and industriousness in Beit Nitzanim during זמן עברית (Zeman Ivrit–Hebrew time) these days. With so many choices, children can find a way to play that’s just right for them and feel confident about their learning. Here are just a few of our favorite ways to play recently: These two children have …

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Oct 30

Trying something new

At the end of last week, Nitzanim children tried something new with great confidence! In small groups, children took turns holding their chalk pastel artwork and explaining their ideas to each other. With a little bit of help from a grown-up, some children were even able to respond to each other’s interpretations with sentence stems …

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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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