In שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten) we have continued our research and careful noticing related to the תּוֹרָה (Torah) for our שָׁבוּעוֹת (Shavuot-Weeks) theme.

Throughout the time we have spent researching the תּוֹרָה (Torah), the children have continue to be interested in the fancy and beautiful ways the torah is decorated. We thought that they would be interested in creating something for the תּוֹרָה (Torah) that could be used for years to come. We currently have a cabinet for the תּוֹרָה (Torah), but we are going to transform it into an אָרוֹן (aron- ark) by adding a curtain that we are going to design. When we shared this idea the children were very excited. But before we could create, we needed to spend some time exploring אָרוֹן (aron- ark) including the three that are around the building.

The children noticed many details:

Some of the things that children noticed/ said about the אָרוֹן (aron- ark):

  • It reminds me of the curtains on my window. My parents close them after they say good night. They open them in the morning-time right when they get in my room. It’s like the Torah is gonna get out of bed and do something else!
  • (The curtain is) soft and a little rough. This shade is a tiny bit lighter than the other, the light is soft, but the dark is softer.
  • We only open it when we take out the Torah .
  • The closed curtain reminds me of sunset not to dark.
  • It felt easier to open than the other אָרוֹן (aron- ark). It’s hard but also soft inside. 
  • It’s easy to open because we want to use the Torah,  we open it so we can kiss the Torah.

The children took notes about what they noticed:

The children shared some of their noticing with a partner:

Some children were very excited about creating a curtain for the אָרוֹן (aron- ark) and decided to draw some plans together.

Tracing part of an אָרוֹן (aron- ark).