Show What You Know and Think

It is so exciting when the children in שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten), get to share how much of the text they have learned, share their interpretations of the text and listen to other interpretations.

In our Torah theme text, Ya’akov v’Esav (Jacob and Esau) there are lots of ways to show what you know and what you think:

This child took a pile of photos and matched them up to the corresponding line drawings (drawings we show young children when we read the text to help them imagine the text, “this is what Morah M saw in her brain when she heard the text you can imagine it differently”). Later, the same child narrated the whole text for children who were acting it out in dramatic play!

Some children had a complete conversation about their ideas around  Ya’akov (Jacob) taking Esav’s (Esau) blessing without any teacher involvement:

Child 1: Ya’akov was not nice, he was the one to just take the blessing.

Child 2 I like Ya’akov, I think Esav was bad, he got mad…

Child 3: Yeah, I don’t think it was okay for Ya’akov to take the blessing.


Some Children shared their interpretations about Genesis 27:43 When Rivkah (Rebecca) tells Ya’akov (Jacob) to escape.

 “I am showing Ya’akov (Jacob) running away and going all around the house. He is running a long time so there is a little resting place for if he gets tired.”


“I am making the window for him (Ya’akov) to escape out of. I am making a pathway for him.”



“He (Ya’akov) went somewhere that he could hide and not be attacked.”


“I made sheket (quiet) shoes for him (Ya’akov)… He needs to sneak.”


So much wonderful sharing and listening to ideas this week, שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten)!

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