What Might Sick People Need?

In שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten), we have started our new theme, בִּיקוּר חוֹלִים (bikur cholim – visiting sick people). We read a story about a sick child who has someone come and visit them. The children shared about what people who are sick might need, based on their personal experiences.

The list included:

  • Going to the doctor
  • Medicine
  • A spoonful of honey
  • Resting or laying in bed
  • Drinking gatorade
  • Getting a present, like a stuffed animal
  • Getting a card

In our pretend play, we took turns being visitors who were visiting someone who is sick. We incorporated ideas from our list as potential props for our play.

Some ideas for props.
I‘m making them a card!
I’m bringing medicine!

At the end, children shared some ideas about being a visitor:

  • It’s fun to be a visitor, I can give them (the sick person) things they need.
  • I like giving them a toy, they could feel grateful and they could feel better.
  • It feels funny (to visit). The sick person can feel bad, but they feel a little better when they get a visitor.

I am looking forward to more wonderful ideas and play about בִּיקוּר חוֹלִים (bikur cholim – visiting sick people)!

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