Tag Archive: listening

Feb 27

Cultivating Leadership Skills with Young Children

In Shorashim (‘roots’ for nursery) and Shteelim (‘saplings’ for Kindergarten), we have been working with a paradigm of leadership that connects to skills that the children are already starting to develop. That a leader is someone who works to make the would bette, using listening, partnership, courage and persistence. One exploration that the children have …

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Jan 31

Who Does It Take to Make the World as It Should Be?

For the last couple of sessions children in Anafim v’Alonim (“Branches” and “Oak trees” for 4th and 5th grades) have been exploring what their impact, their communities’ impact, and societies’ impact is in creating the world as it should be. Wow, the ideas were so powerful. A long list was created after children participated in …

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Jan 24

Partner Pictures

This week in Shorashim (‘roots’ for nursery) and Shteelim (‘saplings’ for Kindergarten), we continued our explorations involving listening and partnership, two skills/ capacities a person might need when working to make the world better. One category of listening/partnership exploration is called partner pictures. We tried a few different kinds of partner pictures, but the one …

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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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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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Jan 31

Taking Care of Each Other While Exploring Together

This week I want to highlight a set of skills that children were working on, through the lens of one particular kind of exploration we did this week. First, we needed to connect a few explorations that at first did not seem connected to each other. At the very beginning of our new theme, לְהִתְפַּלֵל …

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Oct 16

Movie Stills From Ya’akov v’Esav

In Shorashim (‘roots’ for nursery) and Shteelim (‘saplings’ for kindergarten), we have started listening to and playing our Torah theme text, Ya’akov v’Esav (Genesis 25:20-28), which you can find here. For many young children, the first time they hear a text like this, they might only be able to really hear a few words. In our case, the children …

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Sep 13

Listening for Yom Kippur

Listen: the children are telling us what we need to know. This week at our end-of-session singing time, we asked children to tell their grown-ups what they love to do as a family and want to do more frequently. We asked children to tell their grown-ups what they wish their grown-ups would do less of. We …

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May 04

We Love to Learn in So Many Ways

Hey. Just because we can think critically and have long, respectful conversations to hash out our point of view (and absolutely adore doing it), doesn’t mean it’s the only way we like to learn. Please nurture the whole of us. We love to learn in so many, many ways. We like to learn outside. We like to ask our own …

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May 04

Chavruta

You can hear the sound of children’s voices from out in the hallway. Inside of the ענפים (Anafim- “branches” for 3rd-4th grade children) classroom, ten eight- to ten-year-olds are sitting at tables, each across from a partner. And as each pair reads and discusses a Jewish text together, an ancient tradition called חברותא (chavruta- ‘friend,’ or learning partnership) comes to life. …

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