Exciting Theme Beginnings!

In שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten) we have started our first theme of the year! Children have been so excited to play about אַבְרָהָם וְלוֹט ‎(Avraham V’Lot)!

The first thing we did was read Genesis chapter 13. We heard that Avram is very rich, the land that Avram and Lot are living on “could not support them to live together”.

To give you a sense of how we explore text, after we heard the text a few times we acted or built just what we heard in the text.

As the children started to exhibit their ability to retell the text with all the details in order, we started focusing in on certain parts of the text that were of interest. Children were interested in the question what does it mean when the text says the land could not support them to live together? The children shared various interpretations of what that mean and got to building just about that question!

Here are some of the interpretations the children shared:

There is not enough room for all of their things or the tents, there were a hundred animals, there was not enough food.
The purple is the land and the grass (that) the animals eat, but there is not that much grass and too many animals.  The tent is here (the red). Avram hid the gold and silver, he was worried the animals might eat it.

There were too many animals for the spots they had.

I think that the land couldn’t support them because they didn’t have enough rain which means they didn’t have enough carrots or veggies. That means it would be hard for them to drink.

There was too much stuff and it (the land) was too tiny!

We have so many idea about what it means that the land could not support them to live together!

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