Tag Archive: Shorashim

May 18

And the story goes…

This week we have been reviewing stories from the Torah that we have heard before… months ago! But our nursery and kindergarten children seem to remember like it was yesterday. We started with Bereshit (the beginning), floated with Noah, remembered Yosef (Joseph), and parted the sea with Moshe (Moses). There are so many stories and so …

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Mar 11

Preparing for Purim!

This week in Shorashim/Shteelim (nursery and kindergarten) we started learning the story of Purim! While reading a kid-friendly Megilat Esther, children were able to discuss the plot and characters, as well as build parts of the story, make puppets of Haman, King Achashverosh, Mordechai, and Queen Esther, and make masks! We learned about the importance …

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Jan 20

Creating Mitzrayim with Paper Mache

In these first weeks of our Haggadah theme, Shorashim and Kindergarteners are getting inside of the Yetziat Mitzarayim (Exodus from Egypt) story.  One way they are doing this is through recreating different pieces of the story in yetzirah (art/creativity) with paper mache.  After they listen to a part of the story, they are asked what …

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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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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 09

Sharing Ideas with Friends

Tu B’Shevat is coming! And at the Jewish Enrichment Center this week we’ve been thinking of ways to celebrate the holiday and honor the earth. But this post isn’t really about the upcoming holiday. I’m happy to say this blog post is about the kindness of our children and their eagerness to teach each other …

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Nov 07

Shorashim Looks for their Shimot… & More

The Shorashimers have been really taking ownership of their shimot (Hebrew names) over the past few weeks. So we set out to do a hunt around the building for the letters of their shimot. They used their “tool” (a paper plate with the letters around the edge and fold down after it’s found) to see …

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Oct 03

Making our Rooms Beautiful

This week, our kevutzot (groups) created decorations to make our environment at the Jewish Enrichment Center beautiful! Shorashim talked about the story of Avraham, noticing his welcoming nature and beautiful tent. And so, this sparked the idea to make our “tent” (the Jewish Enrichment Center) beautiful, too! The Shorashimers started off by my coloring אותיות (ot-i-ot, hebrew …

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Sep 25

Sukkah Decorations of All Kinds

This week its no surprise our heads and hands were full of Sukkot projects! Each קבוצה (kevutzah- group) did several rounds of yetzirah projects and explorations to create sukkah decorations- and, even, an actual sukkah! Shorashim built a life-sized sukkah last week… and then they “ate sukkah dinner” inside of it, made paper chains, painted/stamped a לולב (lulav) …

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Jun 07

Exploring Shapes of Letters

There are lots of ways to explore the shapes of different Hebrew letters. The child below, through one-on-one interaction with his teacher two weeks ago, learned how to stencil in the letters of his name. The teacher helped him put the letters in order by moving the stencil for him. One week letter, the boy …

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