Tag Archive: play

Feb 23

“Epic” Special Days

No school? No problem! When the children in the School-Day Program have a day or two off from remote learning, we gather for a fun day of Jewish enrichment. In addition to art, building, cooking, and running around indoors and outdoors, our usual plan includes movie-making based on a book with Jewish content. First we …

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Jan 28

A little playfulness

Guess what?! At our session this evening, every single Anafimer (“Branches” for 2nd-3rd grade) shared an idea about our Shehecheyanu theme! Now let me be clear: Children in Anafim have many ideas–about our theme, about sledding in the snow, about being a third grader, and about lots more. Sometimes, though, they just don’t feel like …

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Oct 21

It’s a Sukkah Time Machine!

The children in the School-Day Program at the Jewish Enrichment Center built an indoor sukkah out of PVC pipes, fabric, twine and branches. One child commented that he did not want to be transported back to ancient times while in the sukkah, and the concept of a sukkah time machine was born! The children individually made paper chains, then attached …

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Jan 10

Celebrating Rosh Chodesh in Anafim v’Alonim

Yesterday was the first day of the Hebrew month of Shevat.  Rosh Chodesh (head of the month) is celebrated on the first day of each new month.  In Anafim v’Alonim (“Branches” for 4th and “Oak Trees” for 5th grade), we bring in the new month by celebrating our accomplishments and recognizing the tefillot (prayers), that …

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May 24

The little things

As our final projects for the year draw to a close, I keep noticing the little details: those day-to-day parts of life in our classroom that make all the big, amazing achievements possible. Like… Our כיבוד (kibud– snack) routine, where the whole group joins in reciting the ברכות (berachot– blessings). These ברכות (berachot) then become …

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Feb 28

Exploring Different Ways We Might Celebrate Purim

In Shteelim (‘Saplings’ for Kindergarten)  we are trying out a bunch of different ways that Jewish people might celebrate Purim including four ways to celebrate Purim that are described in Megillat Esther, the Purim Story. We played making and giving מִשְׁלוֹחַ מָנוֹת (Mishloach Manot– Giving Gifts of Food to Friends)… …and made and delivered actual Mishoach manot to people …

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Jan 11

Shteelim Shabbat

The beginning of a new quarter is an exciting time in Shteelim (‘saplings’ for Kindergarten) we have begun our new theme, שבת (Shabbat)! We are doing some research to figure out how we might play שבת (Shabbat). So far we have been reading stories about שבת (Shabbat) and have done some careful looking at shabbat …

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Jan 05

So Great To Be Back!

Ooooh, it feels good to play together again! It was a week of… Leadership Group Challenge Hebrew Games Discovery Joy    

Feb 23

New Game

“Hey, look!” “I didn’t just want to do sight-reading, so I made a game. You put this gem here, in the clip, and then it fires it out onto the words. You read whatever word it lands on, then take it off and put a new word on from the pile.”   “Can we play now? …

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Apr 21

Chag Sameach! Happy Passover!

This week in Shorashim/Shteelim (Nursery/Kindergarten), we got super ready for the upcoming holiday of Pesach. It was not enough to learn the Ma Nishtanah and learn the items of the seder plate; this week we went deep into thinking what every food item we eat might mean for the Hebrews who were free after being …

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