In שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten) we just completed our second week of תּוֹרָה (Torah) exploration for our שָׁבוּעוֹת (Shavuot-Weeks) theme.

This week, we conducted more research, this time our torah was our subject. We split into groups so we could spend time examining all of the parts of the תּוֹרָה (Torah).

This is just a small selection of what children said about the torah, while closely examining different parts:

What shapes do we notice in the Torah scroll?

(I see two) cylinders.

(I see four) Circles

One cylinder is bigger than the other! Because there’s more parchment rolled up on that side.

(I see) Rectangles. Black and white. This part is bumpy because there’s other pages (the rolled-up part). There’s white lines on the parchment!

There’s little scratches! Those diagonal ones are because it’s old. Those ones (lines) are part of the Torah . (It’s) black and white. Not clean white. It reminds me of paper but it’s different. 

We got some practice writing words found in the תּוֹרָה (Torah).

We played with the shapes of the תּוֹרָה (Torah):

It’s like a puzzle!

We also explored “תּוֹרָה (Torah) Service Actions”, the kinds of things that Jewish people might choose to do with the תּוֹרָה (Torah).

Like Parade with the תּוֹרָה (Torah):

Kiss the תּוֹרָה (Torah):

Undress and read the תּוֹרָה (Torah):

Here are some things that children said about participating in “תּוֹרָה (Torah) Service Actions”,

It felt like I was the king of the castle. I liked how I felt when I was walking. I felt proud, feeling like myself again, at school I didn’t feel useful for the day, I felt useful. 

I liked being the leader with the תּוֹרָה (Torah).  I felt proud because of it.

 It felt good, like you are a kid, like kids don’t usually do this. It feels good to go around with the תּוֹרָה (Torah), if you have never done it before.