Tag Archive: collaboration

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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Oct 21

An Ark in the Park

In Shorashim (‘roots’ for nursery) and Shteelim (‘saplings’ for Kindergarten), we have been meeting on zoom during the week and in a park on Sunday mornings. We’ve opened up our theme, תֵּבָה (teyva – “ark”). In the text, Genesis chapter 6 (found here), God tells נֹחַ (Noach – “Noah”) to build an ark. On our …

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Jan 17

Building Something Together

This week in Shorashim (‘roots’ for nursery) and Shteelim (‘saplings’ for Kindergarten), we started our new theme, Eliyahu HaNavi. Our focus has been on people/ leaders working to make the world a better place. Many of our explorations involve listening and partnership, two skills/ capacities a person might need when working to make the world …

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Oct 31

Collaboration makes it all Possible

There has been quite a bit of excitement in Shorashim (‘roots’ for nursery) and Shteelim (‘saplings’ for Kindergarten) as we have started our theme, Adam v’Admah (using Chapters 1-3 of the book of Genesis from the Torah). One thing to know about this group of children is that they continue to find ways to collaborate …

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Sep 27

Snapshots of a Rosh Hashanah Story

Did you know that the children in Shorashim (‘Roots’ for nursery) and Shteelim (‘Saplings’ for Kindergarten) are storytellers and editors? This week at כיבוד (kibud–snack), we looked at photos of the ways we have played Rosh Hashanah and wrote a story to go with the photos. We also went through a process to edit the …

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Sep 11

Turning toward each other

All year we work to build community in our kevutzot (groups). A foundation of trust, respect, and safety allows children at the Jewish Enrichment Center to wrestle deeply with text, ask profound questions, and create a Judaism that is personally meaningful and connects them to the ancient and ongoing Jewish conversation through the centuries. Even …

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Feb 21

Making connections

This week, first grade Nitzanim children started their final projects for our להתפלל (L’hitpalel) theme. Many children are working with a partner to tell a fictional story about תפילה (tefillah–prayer). All week, I’ve sat in the hallway with pairs of children transcribing stories that come tumbling out of mouths. One story is about Lily, who …

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Jan 31

Moments of collaboration

Remember when I said that first grade Nitzanim were hard at work growing their skills for working with a partner? This gorgeous collaboration continues! Let me be clear… I’m celebrating children working next to each other and sharing materials. It’s so much more! Children are discussing ideas, planning together, and negotiating differences of opinion. Everywhere …

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Jan 25

Tu B’Shevat, Ethical Eating, and Conscientious Objection

It was a full week in Middle School. In three days, we touched THREE topics. How unusual! We’ve been exploring Jewish decision-making. Soon, our imaginary characters will spring back to life with topics like organ donation, ethical kashrut, and conscientious objection as part of their world. Our three topics came as we concluded one topic …

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Nov 06

New Hebrew Challenges Rock!

There is a flurry of excitement and industriousness in Beit Nitzanim during זמן עברית (Zeman Ivrit–Hebrew time) these days. With so many choices, children can find a way to play that’s just right for them and feel confident about their learning. Here are just a few of our favorite ways to play recently: These two children have …

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