• The children in שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten) are ready to share their ideas about יוֹסֵף (Yosef) with their families! I want to share a snapshot of building that demonstrates their readiness. On Tuesday, a group of three children used their time in the special יוֹסֵף (Yosef) building area to build something that represents each part of the text (Genesis, chapters 37-45). When they were finished, one of the children narrated the whole thing and each  [ MORE ]

  • As we approach the end of the texts for our Yosef (Joseph) theme, the children in Nitzanim v'Anafim ("Buds" for 1st-2nd grades and "Branches" for 3rd grade) are coming up against some big, real life questions. They are thinking deeply about what causes someone to do something like throw their brother in a pit or in prison. What makes someone a nice person? Child 1: Maybe Yosef [throws his brothers in prison because] they did a really mean thing to  [ MORE ]

  • In Anafim v'Alonim (Branches for 4th Grade and Oak Trees for 5th Grade), we are bursting with so many ideas and interpretations about Yosef! We are exploring the text alongside building our skills around sequential storytelling. We began by focusing on font choices and how we are using the words to convey our ideas. Then, we paired text with a single illustration, paying attention to how we are 'pointing the camera.' Below are two ways children are using this language  [ MORE ]

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