In our first week of camp, we are paying special attention to our Ivrit שמות (shemot — names) and how special they are.
In order to be able to write our שמות (shemot — names), we have to practice writing our otiot (letters). This morning, we played aleph bet matching games with muffin tins and magnet boards to get more familiar with the aleph bet.
We also used the sensory table to write our otiot and shemot.
Because of the stormy weather, we stayed inside during morning playground time to play משחקים (mischakim –games) with our חברים (chaverim — friends). We practiced our Ivrit colors with parachute games and running to collect all the balls of the same color.
Later, Morah Talia and several children made play doh from scratch, and then used it to form the aleph bet letters of our שמות (shemot–names).
Meanwhile, other Shorashimers and Nitzanimers enjoyed “tie-dye” watercolor-ing wooden חוגים (ma’agalim — circles) to make an aleph bet installation for the Jewish Enrichment Center.
Hearing children refer to one another more frequently by their Ivrit שמות (shemot — names) over the past two days, use their own shemot when they talk about themselves, and, for some, write their shemot in different media and materials has been wonderful. I’m looking forward to seeing how children’s familiarity with saying their name and writing it deepens over the next few days of camp.