Tag Archive: Shteelim 5779

Apr 09

The Sensory Side of Passover

One of the very cool ways we are getting ready for Pesach (Passover) in שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten), is by having a sensory experience with the items that might be on a seder plate. Last week, we made and ate חֲרוֹסֶת (Charoset, made with, shredded/chopped apples, banana, cinnamon, and grape …

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Apr 05

Pesach Is On Its Way!

There is a lot of excitement about getting ready for Pesach (Passover) in שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten). These children are preparing for our sensory experience with foods that might be on a seder plate, starting with charoset (made with, shredded/chopped apples, banana, cinnamon, and grape juice). Tasting our charoset! Making …

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Mar 20

Misloach Manot

Last week in Shorashim/Shteelim (‘Saplings’ for Kindergarten), one of the ways we played Purim is making and delivering מִשְׁלוֹחַ מָנוֹת (Mishloach Manot– Giving Gifts of Food to Friends)! This week we made real מִשְׁלוֹחַ מָנוֹת (Mishloach Manot– Giving Gifts of Food to Friends) to deliver to people in our building that help take care of …

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Mar 12

Purim Play

It is a very exciting time in Shorashim/Shteelim (‘Saplings’ for Kindergarten) Purim is coming and we are getting ready by playing a bunch of different ways that Jewish people might celebrate Purim. At kibbud (snack) we have been hearing the Purim story (Megillat Esther). The children used character felt pieces to help us remember the characters. …

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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 27

Creating Our Way to the לְהִתְפַּלֵל (L’hitpalel) Family Exploration

שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten) have been busy busy busy preparing for this theme’s family exploration and celebration! Every day these young artists spend up to an hour moving between various ongoing projects in the studio. שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim) have been working on these projects over multiple sessions at the …

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Feb 21

Shema!

This week in שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten), we have opened up a third category of תְּפִלָּה (tefillah- prayer).  This category is all about saying Shema at bed time, or when waking in the morning. Some children shared that, “Shema is my bedtime song, sometimes I sing it with my mommy …

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Feb 05

New ways לְהִתְפַּלֵל (L’hitpalel)

In שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten), we have opened up the second category of our theme, לְהִתְפַּלֵל (L’hitpalel). We are considering the following question: what feeling do I feel when I try this way לְהִתְפַּלֵל (L’hitpalel)? Sometimes the answer to that question is a mark (mark making), or a word and …

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Jan 31

Taking Care of Each Other While Exploring Together

This week I want to highlight a set of skills that children were working on, through the lens of one particular kind of exploration we did this week. First, we needed to connect a few explorations that at first did not seem connected to each other. At the very beginning of our new theme, לְהִתְפַּלֵל …

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Jan 22

Empowering Decision Making

One of the values that we are constantly in the pursuit of enacting, is empowering the children to be capable of making their own decisions when it come to playing and learning. We are in partnership with the children, which includes really listening to their ideas and making changes that will support their growth. One …

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