Over the past two weeks, our oldest students have tried their hand at teaching. Each student taught a younger Ivrit (Hebrew) group and did an amazing job! The younger students loved having their big buddies as a "teacher". Each "student teacher" planned their lesson for a week in advance with the guidance of their Hebrew teacher. The students developed unique lessons that reflect their own interests and personalities. A 5th grade student loved the experience so much she wanted to reflect on it in a blog post. Here's her take on teaching and some pictures from the day. We are so proud!
Today I taught the youngest group Ivrit. I taught them "Let it go" in Hebrew. They made a cute little dance. I incorporated Hebrew and Hebrew numbers. I had fun with the lesson. I like learning and teaching Hebrew so this was a fun experience. After this some kids said they had fun. I definitely want to teach again.
We have so much fun content during the week that the kids just can’t get enough!
We’ve implemented “Throwback Thursdays at JKG,” to review some of the kids’ favorite lessons and activities, every Thursday. This gives all the kids a chance to try the different activities--and kids who loved the activity can do it again.
But why should the fun be exclusive? Check out the ridiculously awesome activity below, and try it at home with your kid(s). We’ve hand-selected our all-time favorite from this week so you can enjoy #tbt @JKG at your house too!
Shadow Puppet Theater
Shadow Puppet Silhouettes - Open the PDF below to use our silhouettes or make your own!
Contributed by: JKG Afterschool Teacher Adina
On December 22, 2015, Alec Freeman and his family visited Yokneam. Alec, a 6 year old who lives in Atlanta, attends Jewish Kids Groups, an afterschool program that is exchanging letters this year with pen pals in Yokneam. Alec and his family were in Israel to visit his grandparents, and they all came to Yokneam for a morning so that he could meet his pen pal, Shay, and see the school that Shay attends. Shay and his friend Daniel (another student at the school who speaks excellent English) gave Alec and his family a tour of the school. In their classroom, Alec answered questions from the class about what his school was like in Atlanta. At the afterschool program, Alec met the other students who had pen pals at Jewish Kids Groups in Atlanta. He gave all the students friendship bracelets that their pen pals in Atlanta had made. In January, back in Atlanta at Jewish Kids Groups, Alec shared photos of the visit with the other kids and answered questions about what the school in Yokneam was like — just as a new set of letters had arrived from their pen pals in Yokneam! The pen pal program has been an incredible way for students in Atlanta to connect with kids their own age in Yokneam, and Alec and Shay really enjoyed the chance to meet each other in person!
Contributed by: JKG Parent Jason Freeman
JOURNEY THROUGH THE TORAH
This month at JKG, we’ve been on an incredible Journey through Torah. We’ve covered numerous inspiring stories and personalities from the Torah--from the classics, to the ones that don’t get nearly enough attention.
In our Journey, we’ve learned about:
The kids have done many experiential learning activities in this unit, including making dream catchers for Joseph’s dreams, dancing with tambourines, cooking miracle cupcakes, making paper nesting dolls, decorating coat-of-many-colors hand puppets, creating cloud mobiles, doing a group trust obstacle course, crafting hamsa bracelets, making day and night magazine collages, building Lego scenes of ancient Egypt, and more!
Check out the pictures below to see some of our Journey Through Torah projects in action!
JKG Afterschool Community
Welcome to the JKG Afterschool Community blog. This is your window into our amazing Afterschool Community. Each week you will find updates on what your kids are learning about at JKG, as well as some suggestions of ways to bring the lessons into your bayit (home).