This week after hearing the next scene from our story, some of the interest of children began to shift to acting out the story. Throughout this theme, we have had an hour of block time each day where children can choose between building their ideas, acting them out, going into יצירה (Yetzirah-Creativity) to create props and set pieces, and listening to the story on an iPad while drawing. Shorashim children (three and four year olds) have largely been choosing building or יצירה (Yetzirah-Creativity), however hearing about the Ten Plagues this week sparked a desire for many children to act out what they heard.
We decided we wanted to start the story from the beginning and act out all five parts we have heard so far. Once we finished acting it out, we started thinking about what costumes the different people in the story might wear. We began doing sketches of these outfits and Shorashim and Shteelim (three, four, five, and six year olds) will do a combined final project with some special costume work.
We have also tried to start thinking about and remembering how all of the different parts of the story connect and what we have been building over the past few weeks. Children have been coloring in different illustrations of scenes and sharing their ideas about what they think is happening. Today we began matching these pictures to some of our building to remember everything we have been doing!