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Oct 08

New theme enthusiasm!

This week, children of all ages at the Enrichment Center started our new theme, אַבְרָהָם‎ וְלוֹט (Avraham v’Lot)! To start off our exploration, children were introduced to the first part of the Torah text, Genesis 13, in which we hear that Avram is very rich, the land that Avram and Lot are living on “could not support them to live together,” and that there was arguing between Avram’s and Lot’s herders.

The children in Nitzanim v’Anafim (“Buds” for 1st-2nd grade and “Branches” for 3rd grade) have shown so far that they LOVE to build and so immediately got to work crafting what they saw in their imaginations when they heard the text.

After spending some time really listening to the words of the text, we shifted into listening a bit more to our “inner voices.” We asked: what do I wonder about the text? Together, as we went through the text again, we made a big list of questions (and we had a lot)!

Children in Nitzanim v’Anafim were then invited to choose the part of the text that they were most curious about at this point, and to build about it with a partner. There was a lot of interest in the part of the text where the herders are arguing. We asked questions like: Why were they arguing? How did the arguing start? Were Avram and Lot involved?

Child 1: “I imagine the argument started out with just verbal arguing but then it evolved into fighting with makeshift weapons.”

Child 2: “I think it’s about the richness…because they don’t want anyone to steal anything.”

“I thought it wasn’t a violent fight. Like ‘that’s my animal,’ then saying ‘no, that’s my animal.'”

I am so thrilled that the children in Nitzanim v’Anafim already have such big ideas about our text! What the pictures can’t show is the amount of kind, thoughtful, and enthusiastic conversation that went into these buildings. Our new theme is off to a wonderful start!

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