The Nursery classrooms have been working hard to learn, explore and experience their classroom kehillah. Kehillah is the Hebrew word for community. It is the focus on a group of people who share in the mitzvah of taking care of one another, as well as partaking in the joy of their celebrations. From the beginning of the year, it was introduced to the students that our classroom is a kehillah, working together to make the individuals within the Nursery class a whole unit.
Last week, both Nursery classes introduced the idea of naming their classroom, helping to promote unity, identity and ownership within their kehillah. At our morning meetings, each student had the opportunity to use their voice while voting for a new class name. Each student shared their idea and then they narrowed down the suggestions to their top four favorites. The next day at their morning meeting, the students had the opportunity to vote on the name that they felt represented their kehillah the best. Once all the students voted, the new class name was revealed. Nursery A was named eyrtzim, which means trees, and Nursery B was named keshet kohavim which is rainbow stars.
Joining together as a kehillah, they were asked to place a hand on their heart as they repeated the class promise:
We take care of ourselves.
We take care of each other.
We take care of the world.
As the year progresses, we look forward to the myriad opportunities the eytzim and keshet kochavim classes will have to bring light and love to the world around them!