Maisie Smith

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Name: Maisie Smith
Date registered: August 19, 2020

Latest posts

  1. Creating in community — April 19, 2022
  2. A colorful Pesach! — April 8, 2022
  3. Watercolor Discoveries — February 17, 2022
  4. שְׁמַע Feelings — February 2, 2022
  5. Speaking through collage — November 4, 2021

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Apr 19

Creating in community

It’s Pesach (Passover)! This week, we get to spend all week celebrating, playing, and creating as a whole Enrichment Center. It’s a lovely way to make the week feel special, and to continue to strengthen our community across age groups. One of the projects children are working on this week is creating the pieces that …

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Apr 08

A colorful Pesach!

This week, the 1st through 5th graders at the Enrichment Center started their special Pesach project: a naturally dyed afikomen bag to take to their own Pesach Seders! The bag will serve as a gorgeous reminder of the deep thinking and questioning we have been doing together this Pesach. In Nitzanim v’Anafim (“Buds” for 1st …

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Feb 17

Watercolor Discoveries

Over the past couple of weeks, the children in Nitzanim v’Anafim (“Buds” for 1st-2nd grades, “Branches” for 3rd grade) have been working with watercolors to tell stories about the שְׁמַע (shema). Their stories have been fascinating, and the ways they’ve discovered how to use watercolors have been just as fascinating. While I offered them several …

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Feb 02

שְׁמַע Feelings

We are solidly in our שְׁמַע (shema) theme, and Nitzanim v’Anafim (“Buds” for 1st-2nd grade and “Branches” for 3rd grade) has been unmatched in their gathering of שְׁמַע feeling words. A couple of weeks ago, we started collecting words on a big list on the wall. From watching and listening to שְׁמַע stories from people …

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Nov 04

Speaking through collage

This week in Nitzanim v’Anafim (“Buds” for 1st-2nd grades and “Branches” for 3rd grade), we explored the rest of Genesis 18, in which Adonai (God) and Avraham (Abraham) have a conversation about Adonai’s plans to destroy the city of S’dom. Avraham asks, “Will you destroy the righteous, too, along with the wicked?” This was a …

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Oct 21

A Visual Timeline of Feelings

Nitzanim v’Anafim (“Buds” for 1st-2nd grades and “Branches” for 3rd grade) has spent this week wrapping up our explorations of Genesis 13 before moving onto the next text within our אַבְרָהָם‎ וְלוֹט (Avraham v’Lot) theme, Genesis 18. We’ll work to keep all our big ideas about Genesis 13 live as we move onto the next …

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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 …

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Sep 24

Building community

This week has been all about community in Beit Nitzanim v’Anafim (“Buds” for 1st and 2nd grades and “Branches” for 3rd grade)! As we welcomed the holiday of Sukkot, children reflected on what it means to be a community. On Sukkot, a Jewish community might build a sukkah, so we gave that a try! The …

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May 07

Community and Responsibility

We have been in our theme,  בִּיקוּר חוֹלִים (bikur cholim – visiting sick people), for four whole weeks now and throughout those four weeks, the children have been introduced to a variety of different Jewish texts that talk about visiting sick people. We’ve thought about our personal experiences with being sick and visiting sick people, what …

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Apr 21

A little slice of help

Last week in Nitzanim (“Buds,” for 1st grade children), we explored a text from the Talmud that said that when someone visits a sick person, they take away 1/60th of their suffering. To help us understand this idea, we looked at a picture of a pie with one tiny little slice taken out of it. …

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