Expressing our feelings in new ways

To help us in our exploration of שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ (Shehecheyanu), Nitzanim (“Buds” for 1st graders) have been experimenting with different modalities for expressing our שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ (Shehecheyanu) makes us feel.

We tried out drawing, using different shapes, lines and colors to show our  שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ (Shehecheyanu) feelings.

“I just made what I would feel like in the inside. Like if I felt all swirly in my tummy I would do these little windy things cus my stomach felt all weird. And also I felt crazy and happy except I was calm. And i drew the shapes to show the feelings I had.”

Some children found that they didn’t even have words to describe the feelings that their drawings showed – their markers and crayons did all the talking for them!

We also got some help from our stuffed animal friends, who agreed to be our puppets as we acted out a שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ (Shehecheyanu) story.

Our stuffed animals told us what it felt like for them to see their friend after not seeing them for a while. One child shared that her stuffed animals would choose to say שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ (Shehecheyanu) “because if they hadn’t seen each other for that long and they are really happy about it and they are really thankful and grateful…then they should probably say שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ (Shehecheyanu) because שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ (Shehecheyanu) is all those things combined into one word.”

Wow, Nitzanim! We have discovered so much through our different ways of creating and playing! I can’t wait to see what we uncover together next.

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