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Feb 16

Connecting Ideas by Working Together

In Beit Nitzanim, children have been building their interpretations of our Yosef text. Building is a way for children to express their ideas visually. Children can show with color, shape, or size the idea that might be tricky to communicate in words.

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When children work together to build with a partner or in a small group, they naturally begin speaking about the choices they’re making. Through this back-and-forth dialogue, one based in compromise and a shared goal, they deepen their ideas.

Here’s how it worked in Beit Nitzanim: 

In one building group, children linked their interpretations.

Girl 1: Well I’m working on the family right now and then I’m going to work on the animals because you know every person had to have a lot of animals.

Boy 2: So [I’m creating] the building that they [Yosef’s extended family]  live in.

Girl 1: There’s only one problem, if I’m doing the family, how can you have people inside it?

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In another building group, children offered each other different possible interpretations.

Girl 2: I think it’s a sandwich. One floor is sandwich. Two floor. I think that is blue tomatoes. (Talking about the food that Yosef and his brothers ate)

Boy 2: I think that is servants holding up the plates.

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What a joyful building exploration we had today!

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