Tag Archive: chavrutah

Apr 25

Talk with a Partner

In שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten), we are spending time working on the skill of talking with a partner. When we spend time talking to each other we can learn so much! This time around we heard about an experience we might have had during Pesach (Passover), going to a Seder. …

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Oct 24

Anafim Goes Big

In Anafim (“Branches” for 2nd and 3rd graders), we have been noticing how different artistic modalities allow us to generate new ideas about our Ya’akov v’Esav text. Through tiny building, watercolor, collage and more, we’ve explored what the characters in the text have been feeling, thinking, and doing. Lately, we’ve found making big buildings with …

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Jan 29

Listening to Our Own Inner Voice

In chavrutah (partner text study), we listen to THREE voices: our chavrutah (study partner), the text, and what’s going on for us inside. It can be challenging to hear that voice inside, and then, to believe that your thoughts and feelings are a valuable part of a conversation about the Torah. This week, we practiced …

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Jan 22

We’re back! And boy, did it sound gorgeous.

Anafim (“Branches”), our 3rd – 5th grade children, started chavrutah (partner text study) again this week. It was so simple. As if it was the most natural thing in the world. “Who do we listen to when we do chavrutah?” I asked. Children knew right away: My chavrutah. The Torah. Me. (At least they didn’t roll their …

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Nov 20

Partner Text Study (Chavrutah) for 3rd – 5th Grade

There are three Voices in chavrutah (partner text study): 1. Me 2. My chavrutah (partner) 3. The text We listen carefully to all three voices to hear what they’re saying. We wrestle with text as a big group, sharing our initial thoughts about what the text means. We express our ideas using a different modality …

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Sep 30

Looking for answers, finding new questions

The leaves are turning and Anafim is gearing up! This week, after many partner and group conversations, we were ready to start defining what we think ישר (Yosher)– our elusive theme for the past month- actually means to us. Using our examples of honesty, integrity, and courage, along with our ideas for what it means to act with …

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