Wow! What a year of exploration we have had in שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten)!
We have been remembering the ways we have played during our themes from the year and from our experiences of Jewish Holidays.
Ya’akov v’Esav was our first theme this year! The children remembered so much about the text, including the following interactions between characters:
Rivkah (the mother) telling one Son to take the other’s blessing:
Esav (the hairy hunter) being angry and sad when he learn that the blessing was given to his brother:
One of our popular explorations from the first theme was dancing to music that connected to character feelings, identified by children. So we danced again!
One popular way that we remembered some of our experiences with Jewish holidays, was by building parts of texts that are associated with the holiday. Here, children built the temple in Jerusalem being messed up, from a text associated with Chanukah.
We have been making frames for group photos (to take home), to help us remember who we played with this year.
What a wonderful year we have had together!