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4 Strategies for a Successful Parent Teacher Conference

 4 Strategies for Successful Parent Teacher Conference

Parent Teacher Conferences are a valuable opportunity to partner with your child’s teacher and gain the perspective of trained professionals who spend a great deal of time with your child.  Teachers often have the chance to see children in ways different from parents. Just like parents do at work, children show many different sides of themselves at school. Teachers observe children interacting with others in a variety of contexts. They are objective observers in the classroom, playground, special classes, activities, and events. In addition to sharing a unique perspective on your student’s abilities, challenges, strengths, and areas for growth, they have a wealth of understanding of the specific age level and experi… Read More »

A kitchen is the heart of a home and our school

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Our Kindergarten Judaic staff discovered that much could be learned in the kitchen. Looking for an immersive, joyful, hands-on experience to engage all learners in the learning process, our Kindergarten teachers dreamt of adding a Kitchen to the Kindergarten experience. Ten years ago, this dream became a reality with the building of the Kindergarten Kitchen, an entire classroom designated for this purpose with everything they would need to cook, bake and experiment with.

Our Kindergarten Judaic teachers have developed their unique Alef Bet curriculum to engage all learners in an immersive experience that encompasses all five senses maximizing engagement, explorations, and satisfaction. While the classroom rigors peel awa… Read More »

Simchat Torah Flags Wave Strong and Proud

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We are just coming off a whirlwind of festivities and celebrations that unite and embrace our heritage, people, and communities. As the Hebrew Academy endeavors to inspire continuity and a Jewish future, we know it's the littlest hands that get involved, the tiny sparks that touch our souls, and the grand celebrations that create the memories that inspire a bright Jewish future. 

As we embark on the journey of educating the youth, we create small yet meaningful moments of engagement to inspire deep learning, great questions, and personalized lessons that impact the most incredible growth and success for every student. Our award-winning program finds success in the collaboration of our General and Judaic studies grade-level teams. … Read More »

Sparking Joy

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 As Jews around the world emerge from the High Holiday season, we transition from a time of reflection and introspection to a season of joy and celebration.
    Embracing the lessons gleaned from Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we welcome the joyful traditions of the Holiday of Sukkot—referred to by the Torah as Z’man Simchateinu, the Season of our Rejoicing—and Simchat Torah (Rejoicing with the Torah), the final holiday that closes the High Holiday period.
    At the Hebrew Academy, Jewish traditions infuse our curriculum and kindle a love for learning beyond traditional classroom experiences. In a visit to our campus during the week-long festival of Sukkot, one cannot miss this … Read More »

The Case for Games in the Classroom

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Not just the Hebrew Academy teachers believe play should be an integral part of the everyday curriculum found in schools. According to the Academy of Pediatrics, Drs should be giving out prescriptions for play because of the tremendous benefit in a child’s cognitive development and overall well-being.

As many educators follow this trend, technology experts have focused on educational apps and websites benefiting the educational space. While there may be tremendous benefits, the rise in technology use in education has many downsides. As developers and content creators rely on the dopamine effect and addictive nature to keep you on their platform longer, a simple research project can lead to many opportunities for distractions. The… Read More »

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