There are a number of super awesome ways we’ve been remind ourselves about the holiday and story of Chanukah. We’ve played variations of sevivon (dreidel), fun vocabulary games in ivrit (hebrew), and working with Shrinky Dinks. Yes- Shrinky Dinks. Who doesn’t like making itty bitty tiny things?!
Children have used shrinky dinks to create different items that are mentioned in three different endings to the story of Chanukah. I reminded the children that the first part of the Chanukah story is actually true because of archaeological evidence such as coins, writings, pottery, etc. Since there is not evidence to show the ending of the story, different endings have been written about in various Jewish books. We explore 3 of them together.
The 2nd and 3rd grade children in Anafim (“Branches” for 2nd-3rd grades) had the choice to work alone, with a partner, or as a group. Without any discussion children just up and moved their bodies to create their group. I was struck by how quickly, quietly, and independently they made that choice.
The 4th and 5th grade children in Anafim v’Alonim (“Branches” for 4th grades and “Oak trees” for 5th grade) rotated between 3 different tables. At each table was one of the endings and a piece of paper to write all of the items they thought were important to include a building they would make including the Shrinky Dink items.
We only have a few sessions together before winter break. We’ve already done so much exploration of Chanukah, I can only imagine what next session will bring!