Sharing techniques and building community

This year has been off to an incredible start. If you step into Beit Anafim v’Alonim (“Branches” for 2nd-4th grade and “Oak trees” for 5th grade)! during session you’ll find children who are energized by new connections, explorations, and opportunities to create with one another.

We kicked off our new theme by exploring all 7 days of creation in 3 days. For each day children painted what they saw in their head. The pictures they created differed from one another. Some were representational drawing plants and the sky. Others contrasted light and dark and represented words that stood out to them with different colors.

There are two things that stood out to me during these few painting sessions. First, the children supporting one another in new ideas and asking questions about them. “Oh that’s cool, how did you do that?” or “Can you show me how you did that?”

The other thing I noticed were children working with new partners. Many of the children are in our group together for the first time. Children are making beautiful new connections.

Anafim v’Alonim (“Branches” for 2nd-4th grade and “Oak trees” for 5th grade), I can’t wait to see what this coming week brings, both the community building and collaboration we will continue to do!

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