Our main Kedushah theme text (click here for the text) is packed to the brim with details. There are so many examples of holiness in just one פרק (perek–chapter) of the Torah! It’s hard to really hear such a full text, so we’ve been testing out some strategies to help ourselves slow down and listen closely.
We tried a graphic organizer that divided the text into chunks. After hearing the chunk of text read aloud, children could draw what they heard and then explain their drawing to a peer.
Other children preferred dictating their ideas to a morah (educator), who wrote them down in the graphic organizer.
At the end of כיבוד (kibud–snack), children heard the entire text one more time all the way through and placed a check mark next to the part of the text they found most interesting.
By going so slowly during כיבוד (kibud–snack), children were ready to use gems or drawing to imagine their chosen פסוק (pasuk–verse).
“When you harvest your crops, do not reap the corners of your field…” (Leviticus 19:9-10)
“When you offer a sacrifice of peace offerings to the Lord…” (Leviticus 19: 5-7)