Art and Exploration in Anafim v’Alonim!

We have been SO busy in Beit Anafim v’Alonim (“branches” for 4th grade and “oak trees” for 5th and 6th grades)! Between launching our Sukkat Shlomecha community project, exploring a new perek in our Ya’akov v’Esav theme, and developing our skills as learning partners for studying ivrit and biblical text, the children in Anafim v’Alonim have been doing serious learning.

This week in ivrit, children supported one another in reading words with silent letters, chirik and chirik yud vowel sounds, script writing, and mastering final letters. Children take responsibility for their partner’s ivrit learning as well as their own, and are practicing cooperative skills such as kindly disagreeing.

During yetzirat torah we’ve experimented with mixed media charcoal and collage. It is important to our community of artists that our kevutzah is creative, and children are excited to play with these modalities and fine art materials. Already they are engaged in significant exploration! Here, a child is imagining the stone altar Ya’akov builds in Genesis 28.

A child’s experimentation with lifting (a charcoal technique), watercolor markers, fine tip markers, and layering paper collage.

Our big question around Sukkat Shlomecha this week was: what is shalom? Anafim v’Alonim created metaphors around peace using postcards of artwork and generated language that we associate with feeling shalom. Next week we will explore how we as individuals and as a community can recognize when we are activated and take steps to find peace and calm again.

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