Tag Archive: collaboration

May 09

Trades

I’ve had the pleasure of spending time with the children in Nitzanim (“Buds” for 1st-2nd) over the last week. Children have been building scenes to explore ideas about sh’mitah (“release,” the agricultural sabbatical year). Each pair of children has a building tray with different sets of loose materials such as corks, glass gems, and metal …

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Jan 13

Shema Begins

It is the beginning of a new theme, שְׁמַע (Shema), children in שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten) have jumped right in. First, we discovered the name of our theme through a scavenger hunt for the Hebrew letters that spell שְׁמַע (Shema). After we found the letters, we worked together to figure …

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Nov 18

Amazing

Dear Anafim v’Alonim (“Branches” for 3rd-4th grades and “Oak Trees” for 5th grade), You are amazing. You showed us this week how naturally you collaborate with your peers, how well you know yourselves and the way that you like to express your ideas, how much you value togetherness, how creative and focused you are, your …

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Oct 01

Sukkat Shalom

Have your third, fourth, and fifth graders been talking about the amazing Sukkat Shalom (shelter of peace) that they designed? As part of our beginning of the year community building in Anafim v’Alonim (“Branches” for third and fourth grades and “Oak Trees” for fifth grade) and in connection with the Sukkot (Booths) holiday, children explored …

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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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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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