Beginnings: Celebrating Simchat Torah The GK children had the opportunity to make flags and decorations inpreparation for the celebration parade. Jonathan, the music teacher, leads the Simchat Torah parade to the BeitMidrash.
How Should You Hold a Torah? Tae Pham practices cradling the Torah
Bringing the Experience Into the Classroom: Literature is used as a provocation during morning exploration time. The children are given the opportunity to explore the text of the “baby” Torah. Juliette AvRuskin investigates the Torah.
Beginning our own Torah WritingThe children were provided with differentmediums and tools to explore Torah writing.Gk explored a variety of artifacts asprovocation.
Experimenting With Materials Ink and Quills Permanent marker and watercolors Permanent marker and tempera paint
Ink and QuillsImportance ofMaterials: Experience the history ofthe Torah Strengthening fine motorskillsAttention to detail Isaac investigates the Hebrew alphabet.
Noe Palman Noe uses the dreidel as a guide for practicing the letter Shin.
Mehak Akhtar noticed that the Hebrew letter Tsade lookslike the English letter Y.
Jacob focused on the shapes that he recognized whilepracticing the letter Mem.
Riley noticed, “The Shin and Sin are the same but the dot moves. Ican’t remember which one is the Shin. Hebrew isn’t hard. My favoriteletter is Resh.”
Exploring Outside of the Classroom: The children took “Hebrew letter” walks as a way to explore the Hebrew language within the greater JCC community. On these walks, the children explored the Arc in the Beit Midrash, the second floor preschool, and the wall of Sheva Middot in the Atrium.
What are the Children Learning?Cognitive Development:• Sign and symbol recognition• Sound symbol relationship• Memory, recall, using previous knowledge of English language to interpret the Hebrew alphabet and letters.Language Development:• Phonetic awareness• Muscle coordination• Connecting Hebrew and English languages
Language Development: • Letter and word knowledge • Vocabulary • Awareness of symbols and letters • Connection between Hebrew and English • Pre-literacy skillsSocial Emotional Development: • Impulse control • Awareness of others and their needs, compromise • Sharing space and resources • Community building with greater Jewish community. • Collaboration through group work
Future Projections• Hebrew letter memory game• Exploring the Sheva Middot• Continuing to practice the Hebrew alphabet during facilitated learning time.
“Torah. It is a tree of life to thosewho hold fast to it. Its ways aredelight, and all its paths arepeace.” - Proverbs