In Shorashim (‘roots’ for nursery) and Shteelim (‘saplings’ for Kindergarten), we have been meeting on zoom during the week and in a park on Sunday mornings. We’ve opened up our theme, תֵּבָה (teyva – “ark”). In the text, Genesis chapter 6 (found here), God tells נֹחַ (Noach – “Noah”) to build an ark. On our most recent Sunday session we did just that (while social distancing)! The children collaborated on the construction of the תֵּבָה (teyva – “ark”) by communicating about the placement of their bamboo poles to make a frame:
“What if we moved that one a little?”
“I heard rooms, we can move this one inside so it makes a room.”
The children also talked about their ideas about the food on the תֵּבָה (teyva – “ark”):
Child 1: “I think they brought all the kinds of food with them!”
Child 2: “I think they made a kitchen to keep the food in.”
Child 1: “I think they had a cabinet [for the food].”
Collaborating on building about a text, talking about and listening to ideas about a text, are the skills we work on in Shorashim (‘roots’ for nursery) and Shteelim (‘saplings’ for Kindergarten). I am excited to see how we might continue to work on these skills, together!