Tag Archive: Nitzanim

Mar 06

Making Learning Fun and Active

Nitzanim (“Buds” for 1st-2nd grades) are learning the Hebrew names for parts of their bodies. We played a lot of games to get to know all these words.  One of our favorites was a game in which one child was the model while the other was the runner. The model laid down on the floor …

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Feb 26

We are getting ready…

The children of Nitzanim (“Buds” for 1st-2nd grades) are hard at work with Morah Shterna in the Yetzirah Studio on their final projects for the Eliyahu HaNavi (Elijah the Prophet) theme! They are synthesizing everything we’ve been talking about for the past couple of months: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Eliyahu HaNavi, leadership, listening, partnership, …

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Feb 20

Children Interviewing Grown-Ups

The children of Nitzanim (“Buds” for 1st-2nd grades) want to interview you! This winter, we are exploring the character of Eliyahu HaNavi – Elijah the Prophet. Eliyahu reminds us to work for a better world. As part of this exploration, we invited parents and guests in so we could ask them questions about what they …

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Feb 04

We Are Trees

Tu B’Shevat is coming, and we are getting ready! For the birthday of the trees, which this year falls on Sunday, February 9, and Monday, February 10, we are celebrating everything about trees! Children in Nitzanim (“buds” for 1st-2nd grades) played a variation of the game known as Wax Museum or Sculpture Garden. They pretended …

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Apr 08

Making our Omer calendar

It’s that time of the year.  Since we are in Pesach (Passover), we at the Jewish Enrichment Center started to think about how we were going to count the Omer this year.  The Omer is the period of 49 days that some Jews count between Pesach (Passover) and Shavuot.  Pesach (Passover) is the way in …

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Jun 12

HaSefer Sheli (My Book)

At some point this past week your child(ren) probably brought home a whole mess of totally awesome stuff they created at the Jewish Enrichment Center over the past year. One of them most definitely was their HaSefer Sheli. They completed this book in Yetzirah to review all those great things they learned and remember fun …

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May 21

Stained Glass… Again!

Did you know there are so many different ways to replicate the look of stained glass?! This week Nitzanim did yet another version of stained glass using water color and tape! First they drew a basic Torah shape, like a rectangle with two lines at the top and bottom for etzem. Then they covered that …

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Feb 12

Details of a Beit Knesset

All of the children at the Jewish Enrichment Center are deep into our theme, Beit Knesset, by now. It’s becoming apparent that there are certain details of a Beit Knesset the children find interesting, wondrous, beautiful, special. We’ve honored these interests in yetzirah by giving them ways to explore these details. For some children in …

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Jan 30

It’s All About the Process

In yetzirah (art/creativity) we do lots of amazing projects! Some take a long time, and several steps that build upon each other towards a big finale. Some are quicker and designed to engage new content. And some are all about the process. “Process pieces” allow the children to explore the materials and determine how they …

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Jan 23

Natural Dyeing & Revealing Our Matzah Covers

As you may have read, last week all of the children began the long-term project of naturally dyeing fabric with fruits, veggies, and spices. It was all very exciting, but the energy didn’t stop there! There was a buzz around yetzirah… “Morah Na’omi, are [the jars] ready yet?!”   “Can I look at my jar?!” …

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