Entries by Maya Nissim

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Meaningful Learning Over Winter Break

“However enjoyable the holidays may have been, there is always a pleasurable excitement about going back to school…”   During winter break, students enjoy quality time with family and friends and can also have a fun-filled time practicing learned skills through hands-on, meaningful activities outside the classroom setting.  Having opportunities for research, practice, and studying […]

The History of Hanukkah for Kids

“A candle is a small thing. But one candle can light another. And see how its own light increases as a candle gives its flame to the other. You are such a light.” Hanukkah is one of the most beloved Jewish holidays, known as the “Festival of Lights,” and marks a particular time of year […]

Teaching Gratitude: Developing Grateful Learners

  “Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling.” The season of Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on all we are grateful for and to think about how we can express gratitude throughout the year. For many of us, it is also a time of […]

How to Empower Learners to Achieve Success

“Fair isn’t everybody getting the same thing. Fair is everybody getting what they need in order to be successful.” There is no question that all students should have the opportunity to be successful in school. No two children are exactly alike, and this is especially true when it comes to learning and studying. Some children […]

3 High Holiday Lessons for Children

“The high holidays are a time of reflection, where we get a second chance in life…”   Children are naturally curious about everything happening around them, and different holidays are no exception. They’ll want to know what the different holidays represent and why we celebrate them. Teaching lessons from the high holidays to elementary and […]

Rosh Hashanah Traditions for Kids

“Rosh Hashanah isn’t just about being new, it’s about a change.” Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year, a time of reflection and repentance. It is one of the most important holidays in the Jewish calendar, and it holds special significance for us as we begin to reflect on the past year and look ahead […]

Helping Children Thrive in Middle School

“What is the most important thing one learns in school? Self-esteem, support, and friendship.” After completing elementary school, middle school is the next step, and an exciting one at that! Children will be entering a whole new world of education and sometimes a different environment with new rules and expectations. Starting middle school can be […]

Teaching the Values of Tzedakah

Children understand that when they give presents to friends or family or share a favorite toy they make the people around them happy. As children get older, and their sense of empathy develops, they also understand the concepts of fairness.   Tzedakah is about making sure that all the world’s resources (food, water, clothing, education, […]

The Benefits of Hebrew and Judaic Studies

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn.”  – Benjamin Franklin Immersing students in the Hebrew language and exposing them to Judaic Studies in their early educational years fosters Jewish ethics and identity while providing opportunities for a meaningful exploration of Jewish traditions. Hebrew and Judaic Studies in […]

Summer Learning Opportunities for Middle Schoolers

“Summer is not just a break from school, it’s another chance to have fun learning and get ahead…” It’s that time of year again – summer break is just around the corner! While many students are looking forward to a few months of relaxation, there’s no reason why learning has to stop just because school […]