Over the past two weeks in Shteelim, we’ve started a full exploration of פסח (Pesach—Passover). Kindergarteners have been working on מה נשתנה (Ma Nishtanah -The Four Questions) in new משחקים (Mischakim-games), making a fabric banner יצירה (Yetzirah-art/creativity), and lots of singing as we walk or play. Most Shteelimers will be ready to sing the מה נשתנה (Mah Nishtanah -The Four Questions) at their own sedarim, especially with some reminders over spring break!
In our exploration of פסח (Pesach—Passover), we’ve also learned each item that’s on the seder plate, and this week we’ve begun to think about which part of the שמות (Shemot – Exodus) story it reminds us of. Since we have been immersed in the first fifteen chapters of שמות (Shemot – Exodus) for the past 10 weeks, children have a great recall of all of the parts of the story and were quick to come up with many associations for the כרפס (karpas – parsley), מרור (maror- bitter herb), חרוסת (charoset), ביצה (beitzah) and זרוע (zroah – shankbone).
I was very impressed with the creativity and interpretation of all Shteelim children in connecting parts of the seder to the narrative. To me, their answers reflected their understanding of the metaphorical quality of the seder plate, and a real familiarity with the story.
In discussing these connections, children were also excited to draw pictures of each item and glue them onto their own plate, while we explained to each other what each one meant to us.
Another special seder connection this week was in making our own חרוסת (charoset), which we were lucky enough to share with visitors Mrs. Stacey and Mr. Eddie. Our visitors came in on Wednesday to share a special tradition from their own family’s seder.
From his family’s seder table tradition, Mr. Eddie brought a huge כוס אליהו (Elijah’s Cup). Shteelimers loved passing it around, feeling how heavy it was and theorizing about whether Eliyahu was a giant or invisible.
Shteelimer’s explorations of פסח (Pesach—Passover) will continue in the week after spring break! Have a great break!