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—Harvest Blessings by Amy Meltzer!
What a beautiful book!!!!
I love this book! Wonderful
Love the idea of using it for a story walk!
Love your book Amy!
link to a video on growing wheatgrass: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Qr_K3LD_rg
—I can imagine using this book as a little poem to recite before the blessing.
—Welcome, Claire Rachman, from Temple Emanu-El in Dallas, TX!
—The thinker lens.
—The Thinker profile. Can we really wash away our sins?
—Using a guiding question.
—Open-ended questions for inquiry.
—Ideas of musical instruments the children would like to invest to play? Recalling other horns?
—[Claire and colleagues are utilizing the IB framework this year and this is an invitation for educators to think differently about teaching and learning.]
—Simchat Torah: The Caring attribute. Think of ushpizin.
—Ellen Dietrick from Needham, MA, Temple Beth Shalom Children’s Center. Scavenger hunt app, challenges for family, all for Rosh Hashanah in the Woods. Tashlich challenge.
—How many sticks can you find in 60 seconds? Make a Rosh Hashanah message with the sticks.
—Find a thick blade of grass. Blow like a whistle to be a shofar.
—Brought a shofar along, took a photo of every family holding the shofar.
what's in the bags?
—Many people brought grandparents along, Easy to do in a distanced way.
Could the families see each other's progress?
—Put GPS points in a 1.5-mile loop. As you approached that point in the trail, a question popped up.
—Sent home kits for the holidays.
—Really simple activities that kids could do mostly independently
—Nature walk with blessings to say
—Wouldn’t normally do coloring pages, but this works for family activities.
—For Sukkot, little bag of beads to make decoration for sukkah.
—Families have found interesting ways to use these kits. They have been sending us pics. Many took these to Rosh Hashanah dinner and did the activities with cousins.
—Jewish Holiday Games for Little Hands, 1995
-Can buy it used on Amazon
Your kits are amazing!!
—Kristin and Kfirah at Washington Hebrew Congregation in DC—have been running a virtual program.
Ellyn- In the bag was everything they needed for the challenge- a bottle of grape juice to say the blessing and make a toast to the new year, a bag of bugle snacks to use for a shofar challenge, apples and honey, etc
—Thinking about the big ideas behind RH, YK, and Sukkot
And Shabbat. —Eg family, community, wishes for a new beginning; tzedakah, kindness, thinking of those around us; hospitality, welcoming, creating a new home; Family, tzedakah, welcoming community
—Asking ourselves: Goals for the class? How to build commmunity> Get to known another? Engage families? Connect and bond?
—We see holiday teaching as a ladder. As a continued learning experience.
—Last year children took to idea of cards and birthday of the world
—This year focusing on bringing discussions home; how can we engage and learn at home; how do we feel the class community at home.
—A toy shofar, a real shofar, a shofar being played on Alexa
—Ritual objects as transitional objects
—“Oh, Alexa can blow the shofar!” Children can make these connections at home.
—The opportunities of virtual: We are in families’ homes. We see the parents more than others could in classrooms today. The classroom environment and the home have melded.
YES, I LOVE the shirt!!!
—Laurel Fisher at Dallas JCC on exploring Reflection.
—By adding mirrors you can multiply the images
—Inner reflection: Invite the children to watch the water flow, crumbling crackers in the water to throw away bad feelings
—Assuring the children they would not be in trouble if they identified any missteps.
—With the holiday we begin anew.
—Traditions, holiness, and reflection
—I feel like there are such big ideas being shared here. Really breaking down what is the purpose of our work.
I feel like what tonight’s presenters have shared are break downs of what Judaism and the high holidays are all about. What it means to be human from a Jewish perspective.
—What do you all think?
I have loved all of the ideas, but I especially loved the using the coffee filters with messages as tashlich.
I want to try using Amy’s book as a story walk..just need to get Amy’s book!
—Kat Horion in Somerville, MA.
Loved the idea of sending the families on a holiday nature walk- engaging them in the learning from afar
—Our kids now walk a mile a day everyday!
Kfirah has me thinking about how disconnected families are from classroom life these days and how diametrically opposed this is from the best of virtual learning
I love the framework for thinking about the big ideas that Kfirah and Kristin shared - so helpful for families
—Children created a kit for the parents.
—Trying to spark more joyful moments ago find ways to celebrate that are socially responsible. In this outdoor space we walk to, we had a spread out dance party with loud singing, Making the space sacred in a unique way.
Love your photos!
So much connection! Also, as Claire said, learning that is truly transdisciplinary.
—Yom Kippur being a heavy topic, the kids also have heavy ideas on their minds.
—The children’s relationships to the trees and Arts & Sciences, they were really moved by the news they have overheard about wildfires.
—Joy and celebration and the hurt, dark stuff of Yom Kippur.
—Jodi Gladstone in Berkeley California.
—Moving to hear that children elsewhere are thinking of us and of our trees
—We are very into the nature that these holidays bring up.
—Something we used to do, in the spirit of recycling and upcycling, the children would take items home in a bag to work on a decoration for the sukkah. They would bring them back to the school for the sukkah. This year without a communal sukkah, what will we do?
—We asked the children.
—The children are now very busy building the Nile River.
—What was for tashlich the children have turned Ito the Nile.
—Suggested that a shelter out in the fields is useful.
—Making something for the sukkah that they will build there.
—“How can we socially distance in the sukkah?”
—“Is it going to look like last year?”
—“This year is so different than other years”
—The Four species of Sukkot grow on our property.
—Scavenger hunt with photos of the seven species.
I would LOVE the PJ Library book for our school please. TY
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contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you don't have the book and would like one. i'll do my best!
Thank you for the opportunity to share and learn from everyone.
Louise Van Schaack
I love the idea of sending kits for holidays in addition to RH. Starting to mentally assemble Sukkot kits tonight!
Louise- I am going dominoes to cut and color, a beading set, a pumpkin thankful craft, a tree bingo board, and a Sukkot finger play with puppets to make
Thanks to all the amazing presenters!