What helps you feel safe? In Shorashim (‘roots’ for nursery) and Shteelim (‘saplings’ for Kindergarten), we spent some time exploring the objects, places and routines in our lives that make us feel safe. By the end of our time together, we were making connections to the תֵּבָה (teyva – “ark”) being a place of safety for נֹחַ (Noach – “Noah”) and his family, while there was a storm and the earth was filling up with water (Genesis chapter 7, https://jewishenrichment.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Teyva-for-Shor_Sht-Gen.-7.pdf).
Each child had a chance to retrieve a card with a symbol connected to objects, places and routines that make them feel safe and we took turns sharing the things in our lives that make us feel safe:
“I read stories (before bed)”
“Like hugs from mom and dad” (hugged self while talking).
“My stuffie (makes me feel safe).”
Photos of children examining the cards with a symbol connected to objects, places and routines that make them feel safe:
Children also shared what makes them feel safe specifically during a storm:
“Watching a movie, like a sleepover, drinking hot chocolate during a storm. I like to be burrowed in stuff in my bed.”
“Being at home when there is a storm.”
“Being in the kitchen.”
Children thought about נֹחַ (Noach – “Noah”) and his family on the תֵּבָה (teyva – “ark”) and what they might do to feel safe:
“They could get cozy in blankets, hats.”
“They could hide under something. They could hold their arms and legs together (crouching). It’s like a hug.”
Kol Hakavod to these children for sharing something quite personal about themselves and applying what they know about, “things that make me feel safe” to the characters in our text.