Category Archive: Chanukah

Dec 06

Becoming Sevivonim

The children in Shalom, Chaverim! (“Welcome, Friends!” for ages 0 – 3 and their grown-ups) were immersed in Chanukah play. They used Chanukah candles and sevivonim (dreidels) to paint or manipulate play-dough. They explored the textures and shapes of these objects while engaging in sensory play with colorful rice. They placed candles of different sizes and colors …

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Dec 06

Final Projects in Full Swing!

Anafim v’Alonim (“Branches” for 3rd-4th grades and “Oak Trees” for 5th grade) was abuzz this week with final projects and celebrating Chanukah! Children painted and collaborated… Dreamt big…

Dec 02

Oh, Chanukah!

It’s חֲנֻכָּה (Chanukah) and the children in שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten), are fully immersed in חֲנֻכָּה (Chanukah) play! We have had so many opportunities to use our חֲנֻכָּה (Chanukah) vocabulary! We are having חֲנֻכָּה (Chanukah) celebrations! We make latkes, set up the table for guests, “light” the חֲנֻכִּיָה (Chanukiyah) and …

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Nov 16

Shalom, Chanukah!

The children in Shalom, Chaverim! (“Welcome, Friends!” for ages 0 – 3 and their grown-ups) are starting to explore Chanukah. They used a variety of media to place Chanukah candles into chanukiot (menorahs or candle-holders) including foam shapes onto contact paper, felt Chanukah shapes, real candles in play-doh, and a toy Chanukah set. In this way they …

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Dec 17

Infused with Chanukah

It’s חֲנוּכָּה (Chanukah)! The children in the Tuesday morning section of the Jewish Enrichment Center Family Program, have painted their חֲנוּכִּייוֹת (Chanukiyyot—Chanukah Menorahs)! Every one had its own unique style as every child had a different strategy for painting! So much joyful painting! One of the other special חֲנוּכָּה (Chanukah) experiences this year, was getting …

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Dec 16

Chanukah Collaboration

It’s Chanukah! Children in Anafim (“Branches” for 2nd-3rd grades) have been bubbling over with excitement about Chanukah. Their enthusiasm is contagious! Something that has brought me light this Chanukah was watching this gorgeous collaboration between two second graders who were working together on a Chanukah building. I hope it brings you joy, too! Child 1: …

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Dec 09

Sing and dance and celebrate!

This week, we have spent lots of time celebrating! We have been celebrating finishing up our final projects for our תֵּבָה (Teyva – “Ark”) theme, and have been getting ready to celebrate חֲנוּכָּה (Chanukah)! In Nitzanim (“Buds” for 1st grade), this has looked like lots of joyous singing and dancing. On Tuesday, we had a special series …

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Dec 04

Chanukah is Coming!

This week, the children in our family program (the Tuesday morning group), began our exploration of חֲנוּכָּה (Chanukah). One of the things we did was share about חֲנוּכָּה (Chanukah) objects that we have in our homes. Some children brought a special חֲנוּכִּייָה (Chanukiyyah—Chanukah Menorah), and some children shared special things that their family does together …

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Dec 13

Retelling The Story of Chanukah through Shrinky Dinks

There are a number of super awesome ways we’ve been remind ourselves about the holiday and story of Chanukah. We’ve played variations of sevivon (dreidel), fun vocabulary games in ivrit (hebrew), and working with Shrinky Dinks. Yes- Shrinky Dinks. Who doesn’t like making itty bitty tiny things?! Children have used shrinky dinks to create different …

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Dec 13

Chanukah Play is Underway

Chanukah play is underway in Shorashim (‘roots’ for nursery) and Shteelim (‘saplings’ for Kindergarten)! Our preparations for Chanukah , the children get to hear some favorite chanukah folktales and play chanukah in our house area, playing סְבִיבוֹן (sevivon- dreidel), making latkes to eat, lighting the נֵרוֹת (neyrot -candles) in our חֲנֻכִּיָה (chanukiya- a menorah that …

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