Last week Nitzanim started to discuss ideas about שמות (Shmot—Exodus chapters 1-3. Listen here) with partners. We also started drawing what we wonder about. Through putting our ideas on paper and talking about them with other children and מורות (morot—teachers), children are beginning to own their ideas about text, respectfully disagree with each other, and retell the story in their own words.
Here’s a conversation we had on Tuesday about one child’s drawing of the burning bush (Exodus Ch. 3) :
Morah: And why did you think God appeared to משה (Moshe—Moses) in a bush?
2nd grader A: God has different parts
2nd grader B: If he [God] was something else then he [Moses] probably wouldn’t notice because lots of things around him [Moses] were normal but the bush could burn without burning down.