Maisie Smith

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Amazing conversationalists!

Throughout this whole year so far, I have been blown away by the amazing conversation skills in Nitzanim v’Anafim (“Buds” for 1st-2nd grade and “Branches” for 3rd grade). During כִּיבּוּד (kibud – snack) and in the studio, children talk and share ideas with each other about our theme, תְּשׁוּבָה (teshuva). One of the most amazing things …

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Big questions!

The children in Nitzanim v’Anafim (“Buds” for 1st-2nd grades and “Branches” for 3rd grade) are such curious learners! As we’ve been exploring our fall theme, תְּשׁוּבָה (teshuva), they have asked so many big and important questions that don’t have easy answers. Here are some of their questions: How much תְּשׁוּבָה (teshuva) do you have to …

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Colorful caring

This week, all of the amazing community building work the children in Nitzanim v’Anafim (“Buds” for 1st-2nd grades and “Branches” for 3rd grade) have been doing culminated in a fabulously colorful community agreement! Then, children chose out ceramic tiles to create our border. They carefully spread the special tile adhesive (“It’s like spreading nutella on …

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Alef us are learning!

The children in Nitzanim v’Anafim (“Buds” for 1st and 2nd grades and “Branches” for 3rd grade) came into this year ready to learn more Hebrew! There is a such a beautiful range of Hebrew knowledge in our kevutzah (group). Children are working on building all sorts of different Hebrew skills – from getting to know …

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Collaging a community

This week, in Nitzanim v’Anafim (“Buds” for 1st and 2nd grades and “Branches” for 3rd grade) we asked the question: How do we want our community to feel this year? To answer this question, we headed to the studio to get inspired by fabrics of all different textures. We explored the fabrics with our hands …

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We are kind!

It’s the first week of sessions and the children in Nitzanim v’Anafim (“Buds” for 1st and 2nd grades and “Branches” for 3rd grade) already know so much about how to be kind and caring towards each other. When we accept and celebrate that everyone in our community has different skills and challenges, we make our …

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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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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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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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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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