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Sep 22

How Do We Become A Community?

In שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten) we are all active in the process of becoming a community!

This week, we learned a new מִשְׂחָק (mischak– game)! This מִשְׂחָק (mischak– game) is called רֹאשׁ הַשָׁנַה (Rosh Hashanah) on the Run. In this game, you run across the room with a card that has a drawing of something that Jewish people might use on רֹאשׁ הַשָׁנַה (Rosh Hashanah), like דְּבַשׁ (devash-honey). When you get to the other side, you shout out the name of the item on your card. Until you shout out the name you can be tagged. When you are tagged you also become a tagger.

Before we started playing, we got ready to take care of each other while we played. We decided who would be the first tagger and talked about gentle tagging, we asked if any one did not want to be tagged.

During game play we kindly switched cards so we could all spend time saying different words, even ones we were still learning.

One of the very sweet things that happened during our game, is that as children were tagged they would hold hands in between rounds. Once we had all gotten tagged, the children gathered themselves into a huddle with their יָדַיִים (yadayim-hands) and רַגְלַיִים(raglyim-feet) in the middle. It is so amazing to watch this group of children become a community of close, caring friends!

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