The children in Nitzanim came up with these ideas for how we can turn Beit Nitzanim into our home:
- Welcome our friends
- Use kind words
- Put everything in its place
- Make flowers
- Have pictures of our family
- Make food for each other and for friends
- Invite friends in
- Play games our friends would like
- Ask your friend what s/he wants to play
Last week, several children thought about the idea that we should play games our friends would like, and decided that they wanted to do a puppet show for their younger siblings. They thought that when we invite friends into Beit Nitzanim, we should do something that our friends would enjoy. The children based their puppet show on the book, Bubbe Isabella and the Sukkot Cake. The children spent many hours preparing characters, a set, building a small sukkah with schach (branches and leaves for the sukkah’s roof), and rehearsing the puppet show. They performed the puppet show at Shirah/Tefillah (Singing/Prayer) on Sunday. It was a big hit!
Now we’re hard at work drawing family portraits, tracing our Hebrew names through stencils onto our drawings, and even writing our Hebrew names for the first time! We’re also making a chesed (kindness) quilt. On our quilt squares, we’re writing what we can do to show chesed to our Nitzanim friends, and we’re drawing pictures of things we like to do. So far, the children have finished squares that say “share with friends” and “play together,” and have drawn pictures of playing checkers and growing flowers.
We also LOVE eating tapuchim u’devash(apples and honey!)