I believe that our children can do anything. They are creative and capable, and they amaze me everyday. But sometimes I ask them to do something that’s a little tricky, and it feels hard or frustrating.

Last week, after children figured out the ancient early rabbis’ “rules” for building a סכה (sukkah—booth), they got to work building their own mini סכות (sukkot—booths). Not only did they have to communicate and work with a partner, but also I gave them new materials (popsicle sticks, clothespins, Elmer’s glue). Have you tried Elmer’s glue and popsicle sticks? It’s a bit slippery… And despite all of this newness the children never gave up! They helped each other, consulted with different pairs, and laughed it off when their סכה (sukkah—booth) still wasn’t standing at the end of our building period.

They brought their positive attitudes and determination again this week for סכה (sukkah—booth) building round two. (This time I had the handy hot glue gun to help us put the finishing touches on our סכות (sukkot—booths). We were pretty relieved about that!)

After all of our hard work, three unique סכות (sukkot—booths) emerged. Children were so proud and delighted to show off their creations. They marveled at how different their סכות (sukkot—booths) looked despite having access to the same materials.

Check out the touches they put on their סכות (sukkot—booths) to make them welcoming:

“So this is like the table and chairs.” “I think [it’s welcoming] because its just open there and you get to come in.”

“We decided to make [welcome] sighs.” “And fruit [for the visitors to eat.]”

“We put little rings to make it look cool on every side.”

Wow, Nitzanim! You inspire me with your positivity, your connection to each other, and your willingness to try new things. I can’t wait to see what you’ll accomplish this year!

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