Tag Archive: text interpretation

Nov 14

Gathering Our Big Ideas

In Beit Anafim (“Branches” for 2nd and 3rd grade), we are gearing up to start our final projects about Ya’akov and Esav (Jacob and Esau)! For our project, we’re asking ourselves, “Which part of the text do I think is most important to Ya’akov and Esav’s relationship?” We’ll use collages to show that part of …

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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 08

Can we hear the next part of the text?!

Lately, a lot of Anafimers have been arriving with the same question on their brain — “When can we hear the next part of the text?!” As we settle into kibud (“snack”), the anticipation of hearing what happens next in the lives of Ya’akov and Esav is palpable. As we’ve been nearing the end of the …

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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 25

Propping Up Our Play

In  שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten), we’ve been honing our prop-making skills. This process began at כִּיבּוּד (kibud–snack), where we spent time listening to our Torah theme text, Ya’akov v’Esav (Jacob and Esau) (Genesis 25:20-28). As we listened we thought about what things we could create in order to play each character in the …

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Oct 25

Can We Keep Reading?!

This week in Anafim v’ Alonim (“Branches” and “Oak Trees” for 4th and 5th grade children) we engaged with a new text in our current theme of “Ya’akov v’ Esav” (Jacob and Esau).  We explored the first half of Genesis 32.  Many beautiful things came about during the introduction of the text. Children were so engaged by our new …

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Oct 24

Anafim Goes Big

In Anafim (“Branches” for 2nd and 3rd graders), we have been noticing how different artistic modalities allow us to generate new ideas about our Ya’akov v’Esav text. Through tiny building, watercolor, collage and more, we’ve explored what the characters in the text have been feeling, thinking, and doing. Lately, we’ve found making big buildings with …

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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 14

Diving deep in our second week

It all starts with a question, and then we’re off! At the Jewish Enrichment Center, children grow the confidence to articulate their own ideas about God and about Torah. Yesterday, at kibud (snack), children wanted to talk about the God character in the Torah (Click here for Genesis 25, the first text in our new theme!). Children carried this …

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Feb 26

Lights, camera, action!

Backgrounds painted. Check. Costumes selected. Check. Props made. Check. Script edited. Check. That can only mean one thing… It’s time for Nitzanim to take center stage! We can’t wait to show off all of our hard work and incredible ideas at Family Exploration and Celebration. See you on Sunday, March 11!

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