Wednesday, March 23, 2011

In the Galleries

Yesterday and today, students from the eponymous Hannah Senesh Community Day School are visiting Fire in My Heart: The Story of Hannah Senesh. I caught the beginning of a 4th grade class yesterday and saw that the teachers, who have studied the exhibition in depth, had prepared worksheets for the students. The pupils were given prompts based on which section of the exhibition they were in. Questions included: Why was it so important that Hannah learned Hebrew? Find a few Hebrew words that you know and write them here. What did Hannah take with her when she went to Palestine? Why did she join the army? What was her job?

They were also asked to talk about favorite artifacts. I particularly appreciated that the last worksheet asked the students to create a tour of the exhibition for someone else based on the artifacts they liked. It is never too early to plan for a career in Museum education.

I was also told about a great interaction between a chaperone and a young person. They were looking at the Garden of Stones from the 3rd floor. The chaperone noticed the child looking confused and described what they were viewing, explaining that each of the boulders is hollowed out and each has a small oak tree growing from it.

“What?” he asked, curious and undaunted by his confusion.

She reiterated that each boulder is hollowed out and holds soil and the tree grows in the soil.

Beginning to see the light, the young man responded, “Wait, let me get this straight. They’re hollowed out? Each one is hollowed out?”

And then they left for the bus.

Photo Collection of the Senesh Family.

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