The “Try New Things” School

In שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten) we a starting the year with a stance of trying new things. In fact, one of the children decided that the Jewish Enrichment Center is the “try new things” school, because, “we are always trying new things here.”

This week we have all tried lots of new things, routines, games, we have met many new people and we learned a new art modality. We learned a painting technique called pointillism, where the marks are all dots. We discovered painting with a partner on a small paper. These new friends started out painting separately until one said “can someone help me paint?” the other said, “sure!” and they worked together to paint a תַפּוּחַ (tapuach– apple). When the second child asked, “I wonder if we can pick another color?” The first responded with, “sure, I wanted it to be different colors!”

This sweet collaboration can help set the tone for our kind and caring community that continues to try new things.

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