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Jan 11

A New Helpful Tool

As we prepare for a new Torah theme, Nitzanim has been reviewing Torah stories that children explored in previous years. During כיבוד (kibud—snack), we’ve practiced different strategies to pause, slow down, and really hear what the text is telling us. Today, we used a new tool to help us organize our ideas and remember details of the story. We paused our read-aloud four different times so that children could draw or write something to remind themselves of that small section of the story.
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Filling in the four squares on her graphic organizer.

Then, children had the opportunity to share what they drew or wrote. Children were so thoughtful in the ideas they captured—selecting the most significant moments and imagining the story playing out in their heads. They couldn’t wait to share with each other and see the different drawings and writings each child made.
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Listening to a child share his drawings.

Checking out each others drawings.

This new tool helps Nitzanim zero in on the moments in a Torah story that matter. The tool gives children time to think through their ideas. When children are ready to share, they’ve had plenty of time to choose their idea so that they can feel confident speaking aloud. We’re excited to continue using this tool as well as other strategies, as we practice listening to text and listening to each other.
A second graders organizer.  1. Rivkah gets pregnant with Esav and Yaakov.  2. Yitzchak is 60 years old when the kids are born.  3. Esav likes to hunt and Yaakov likes to stay by the tent.  4. What is a birthright?

A second grade organizer.
1. Rivkah gets pregnant with Esav and Yaakov.
2. Yitzchak is 60 years old when the kids are born.
3. Esav likes to hunt and Yaakov likes to stay by the tent.
4. What is a birthright?

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