Category Archive: Teyva

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 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

Celebration Time!!

Next Sunday is Family Exploration and Celebration! We will celebrate the amazing Anafim v’Alonim (“Branches” and “Oak trees” for 4th-5th grade) ideas, questions, and creations from this theme, תֵּבָה (Teyva – “Ark”). I spent this week looking back at all the words children have shared through the theme. Wow, I can see how their ideas …

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Dec 03

Bravo!

We’re nearing the end of our Teyva (“Ark”) theme, and Anafimers (“Branches” for 2nd-3rd grades) are eagerly putting the finishing touches on their final projects. At the end of our session today, it was time to share our progress with each other. One child, who is writing from the perspective of characters in our text, …

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Nov 24

Sharing ideas

In Anafim (“Branches” for 2nd and 3rd grade), our final projects are really coming along. Throughout this whole theme, we have been practicing sharing our ideas, connecting with our peers’ ideas, and respectfully disagreeing when we have a different idea. The children have done incredible work on this skill to the point where their conversations …

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Nov 19

It’s Final Project Time

It’s our favorite time of the theme! Final project time! We’ve been exploring text from Genesis 6-9 for six weeks, and now children are using collage, watercolor, and drawing to wrestle with their biggest questions and ideas. Children are so excited to see each other’s progress and share suggestions for how their peers might show …

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Nov 19

נֹחַ (Noach – “Noah”) Puppets

In Shorashim (‘roots’ for nursery) and Shteelim (‘saplings’ for Kindergarten), we have begun working out our final project for our theme,  תֵּבָה (teyva – “ark”). The first thing we did was make a puppet of the character, נֹחַ (Noach – “Noah”). As children were adding clothes and facial expressions, I asked some questions about נֹחַ (Noach – “Noah”). In …

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Nov 13

Big Questions from Anafim v’Alonim

What a fabulous few weeks we’ve had exploring the text of נֹחַ (Noach – “Noah”) in Anafim v’Alonim (“Branches” and “Oak trees” for 4th-5th grade)! Such rich questions and ideas have bubbled to the surface.  Children started our theme תֵּבָה (Teyva – “Ark”) theme by revisiting their חברותא (partner text study) skills. Children begin by …

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Nov 11

Trying out collage

Part of how we help children deepen their questions and ideas about the text is through different kinds of creative exploration. This week in Nitzanim (“Buds” for 1st grade), we experimented with a new modality that we will be using for our final projects: collage! The children came up with all sorts of ways to …

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Nov 06

Feelings of Safety

What helps you feel safe? In Shorashim (‘roots’ for nursery) and Shteelim (‘saplings’ for Kindergarten), we spent some time exploring the objects, places and routines in our lives that make us feel safe. By the end of our time together, we were making connections to the תֵּבָה (teyva – “ark”) being a place of safety …

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