Beginning our new theme: שמיטה (Sh’mitah)

This week, Shorashimers began learning about our new theme together. We began the week by sharing any ideas we knew about farming with each other and then read a story to learn more about שמיטה (Sh’mitah-release). We learned that שמיטה (Sh’mitah-release) occurs every seven years, and during the שמיטה (Sh’mitah-release) year all agricultural activity stops and the land has time to rest. Three and four year olds immediately started sharing with each other what they know about farming and then began asking questions and sharing their ideas about what might happen during this year of rest.

Four-year-old 1: “You’re all tired from working and you don’t get any rest if you’re a farmer, and then the שמיטה (Sh’mitah-release) year comes and you get rest.”

Four-year-old 2: “During שמיטה (Sh’mitah-release), if you can”t plant inside your city, you have to go to a different city where they might let you plant.”

Four-year-old 1: ” But wait, שמיטה (Sh’mitah-release) must be bad because the plants can’t grow during that year and they might die and people won’t have food.”

Four-year-old 3: “No, I think שמיטה (Sh’mitah-release) is good because it gives the plants time to rest and they need that.”

Three-year-old 1: “How would the tractor find plants to take to the store during שמיטה (Sh’mitah-release)? If they couldn’t find them, there might not be food once the store runs out and people run out at their house and that’s bad”

To keep exploring their ideas about שמיטה (Sh’mitah-release), Shorashimers first needed to understand more of the basics of farming. We looked through different pictures of the farming process and children sorted the steps to figure out how food got from the farm to the stores and how harvesting worked. We also did a joint walk with kindergarten outside to imagine what a rested field might look like during the שמיטה (Sh’mitah-release) year and think about what plants are Perrenials and which are annuals. I have been so impressed by the ideas that have already come up in just a few short days and I can’t wait to see where this theme takes us!

Three and four year olds and kindergarteners go on a walk outside to think about plants in relation to שמיטה (Sh'mitah-release).

Three and four year olds and kindergarteners go on a walk outside to think about plants in relation to the שמיטה (Sh’mitah-release) year.

A three-year-old sorts different farming pictures.

A three-year-old sorts different farming pictures.

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