Tuesday was another first day for many of our Nitzanim first and second graders, and we continued to imagine ways that we can make Beit Nitzanim feel like our community’s home. It’s important to us that each child feel a sense of belonging in the space of Beit Nitzanim. To that end, we’ve asked children how they might feel belonging in this community and they’ve continued to brainstorm.
As we begin building this community, we think it’s important that children have a strong sense of themselves and their place in it. Today we created more pages of our “All About Me” binders. These binders allow Nitzanimers to reflect on what they like to do, their family, what makes them happy, and their special talents, and it also allows other חברים (chaverim — friends) in our קבוצה (kevutzah — group) to get to know them, since we make sure to share what we create at the end of the day.
In the self-portraits we continue to work on, we had plenty of choices of יצירה (yetzirah — creativity) materials to express how we see ourselves. Some chaverim chose to use tissue paper and glue, some chose metallic papers, other chose pencil or cray-pas to create a self-portrait. I was impressed by how focused Nitzanimers were in creating a detailed self-portrait, the variety of choices they made, and the variety of final products. Since we learned yesterday that children were so interested in creating 3D things, today we also had the option of creating a 3D שם (shem –name) out of tissue paper as a placard for the self-portrait.
A Nitzanimer shows her self-portrait masterpiece.