Category: Weekly Learning

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Is It Summer Yet?! Is It Summer Yet?!

Is it summer yet?! How many days left of school? Are you counting today or not? How many minutes is that? Sound familiar? In your family, are these insistent questions followed by a challenging transition to summer? The whole structure of our kids’ lives changes, and there can be real pain with that shift in reality. Beginning a new school…

Stop! It’s Party Time!

This week we are celebrating Lag BaOmer, a Jewish holiday on the 33rd day of the Omer.  We’re counting up 49 days from the 2nd night of Passover. The 50th day will be the holiday of Shavuot when Jews celebrate receiving the Torah at Mt. Sinai. The Omer is a time of mourning for the Jewish people. Some Jews observe…

Smell You Later!

This week we are discovering what kinds of brachot (blessings) we say over smells! We are delving into smell’s relationship with taste, memory, and how we feel.  We are exploring the way smell enriches our lives and brings us into the present. Read on to hear about the smelly activities we have been doing! We are making bath fizzies using…

Thunderbolts and Lightning, Very Very Frightening! Thunderbolts and Lightning, Very Very Frightening!

This week we are learning all about thunder, lighting and rainbows and exploring the ways we can appreciate them as parts of creation, even though they can be scary.  We are spending time talking about how these elements feel, what they look and sound like, how we feel about them, and the science behind them. We are learning the brachot…

Noticing Nature Noticing Nature

This week at Makom Community, we are paying attention to the parts of creation that make us gasp in amazement. We began with a nature walk through the city. We noticed nature and took lots of pictures along the way. Read on to see what we noticed:  I made that face because a bug just tried to go in my eye!  The flower was the shape of a bell pepper. …

Makom Community Leaves Egypt Makom Community Leaves Egypt

Last week, we completed the final stretch of our Pesach (Passover) unit. We did Bedikat Chametz (checking for bread products) by playing hide and seek games with chametz (bread products). And we did Biyur Chametz by destroying all the chametz. We closed out our week with a camp day about the leaving Egypt story. Read on to get the details!  We had lots of fun hiding chametz around Makom Community.  One day our older and younger students hid chametz for each other.   For Biyur Chametz we…