Elisa Aranoff

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Name: Elisa Aranoff
Date registered: September 19, 2019

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  1. Making Learning Fun and Active — March 6, 2020
  2. We are getting ready… — February 26, 2020
  3. Children Interviewing Grown-Ups — February 20, 2020
  4. We Are Trees — February 4, 2020
  5. Making Our Own Comics — January 23, 2020

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Mar 06

Making Learning Fun and Active

Nitzanim (“Buds” for 1st-2nd grades) are learning the Hebrew names for parts of their bodies. We played a lot of games to get to know all these words.  One of our favorites was a game in which one child was the model while the other was the runner. The model laid down on the floor …

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Feb 26

We are getting ready…

The children of Nitzanim (“Buds” for 1st-2nd grades) are hard at work with Morah Shterna in the Yetzirah Studio on their final projects for the Eliyahu HaNavi (Elijah the Prophet) theme! They are synthesizing everything we’ve been talking about for the past couple of months: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Eliyahu HaNavi, leadership, listening, partnership, …

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Feb 20

Children Interviewing Grown-Ups

The children of Nitzanim (“Buds” for 1st-2nd grades) want to interview you! This winter, we are exploring the character of Eliyahu HaNavi – Elijah the Prophet. Eliyahu reminds us to work for a better world. As part of this exploration, we invited parents and guests in so we could ask them questions about what they …

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Feb 04

We Are Trees

Tu B’Shevat is coming, and we are getting ready! For the birthday of the trees, which this year falls on Sunday, February 9, and Monday, February 10, we are celebrating everything about trees! Children in Nitzanim (“buds” for 1st-2nd grades) played a variation of the game known as Wax Museum or Sculpture Garden. They pretended …

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Jan 23

Making Our Own Comics

The children in Nitzanim (“Buds,” for first and second grade children) got their first taste of our new text this week! They listened to a section about Eliyahu HaNavi (Elijah the prophet) and created comic strips to retell what they heard. Each child received a template containing six boxes. They had to figure out which …

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Jan 09

Nitzanim Musical Yetzirah

This week in Nitzanim (“Buds,” for first and second grade children) we are learning the shemot (names) for the different colors in Ivrit!  We negotiated together as a group how we would like Musical Yetzirah (art/creativity) to run. We decided when the music stopped to exchange materials, seats, and/or drawings of the different words. The …

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Dec 12

“Play”-ing the Chanukah Story

This week the children in Nitzanim (“Buds,” for first and second grade children) are hearing the Chanukah story with three different endings! The endings come from First Maccabees, Second Maccabees and the Talmud (Shabbat 21b). Nitzanim children listened to the story during kibud (snacktime), with each ending on a different day. Together with Morah Shterna …

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Nov 01

Pinat Shalom

There is a very special place in one corner of Beit Nitzanim. It’s called Pinat Shalom (“Peace Corner”). When it was introduced a few weeks ago, children practiced how to use Pinat Shalom to resolve conflicts. This week we saw it in action.  The children shared trays of small, natural building materials to build scenes …

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Sep 19

Is Breshit (Genesis בְּרֵאשִׁית) Real or Pretend?

This week in Nitzanim (“Buds” for first and second graders נִצָּנִים), children heard a section from Breshit (Genesis בְּרֵאשִׁית) detailing the creation of animals and humans on Yom Shishi (sixth day יוֹם שִׁישִּׁי). While listening, the children asked insightful questions and engaged in a deep discussion about whether this was a real story or a …

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