If We Build It . . .
|Working in our group, we're ready to build!|
Truthfully, all the high drama is in the first part of the story. How interesting can building a Mishkan be?
|Creating a curtain for the Aron Kodesh, Holy Ark|
We discovered something we already knew--building is fun, creative and meaningful. We know this from our free-play activities. Many of us gravitate towards Legos and blocks. Others of us head for the art table. In reenacting some of the parsha details about the Mishkan, we included everything that we know and love about construction.
(P.S. Did we mention that some math slipped in here as well? In the photo below, we each contributed a "half-shekel" coin. Then we counted the coins to see how many children were in class--it was just like the census-taking in the Parsha!)
|Counting our donations of the half-shekel coins|
(Photos below: making an inventory of the items in our room and in the ECD kitchen--we used tally-marks and counted in clusters of 5's. Did you know that an inventory was made of all the items in the Mishkan? Weaving with ribbon--and did you know that every item in the Mishkan was hand-made with specific divine instructions?)
|Counting our books . . .our questions--can we include our Birkat HaMazon booklet in the "book" category? The Sefer Torah? Of course!|
Finally, we spoke about the places we like to do Tefillah, our prayers. We don't have a Mishkan or the Beit HaMikdash, but we do have our homes, school and synagogues. Some of our responses:
|I like davening in Shul, I just like it!|
|I like to be with my dad . . . If I behave well, I get bubblegum.|
|at school--everybody's there!|