Did you know that Shteelim (“Saplings” for kindergarten) and Nitzanim (“Buds” for 1st grade) are researchers?
They make observations:
“Look, round challah.”
They ask research questions:
“What does a תפוח (tapuach–apple) smell like?” “Like cantaloupe.”
“What צבעים (tseva’im–colors) are on a תפוח (tapuach–apple)?”
They test hypotheses:
“Look what happens when I add מים (mayim–water) to my painting.”
They review their careful notes:
And they share interpretations!
Morah (Educator): Why might Jewish people eat תפוחים (tapuchim–apples) on Rosh Hashanah?
“It’s the season to go apple picking. Maybe celebrate [Rosh Hashanah] for apple season.”
“Because it’s fun. Because it’s sweet.”
“When it [Rosh Hashanah] first started, apples were good luck. Giving good luck to the new year by eating apples.”
“When Jewish people were hungry… I think the only food they would find were apples.”
Whew! It’s all in a day’s work.