TEACHING TORAH to YOUNG CHILDREN: Creating a Community of Torah Learners

Shira Horowitz • South Area Solomon Schechter Day School •

Telling & Retelling Acting Torah Talk Torah Journals

school & classroom

Torah in the classroom

about Shira

origins of this work
The development of this case was supported by the Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education at Brandeis University

School & Classroom

South Area Solomon Schechter Day School (SASSDS) is a K-8 Conservative Jewish day school in Stoughton, MA with 230 students. The school has an integrated curriculum, so that Judaic and general studies are taught by the same classroom teacher and often woven together.

My classroom is divided into three main areas: the meeting rug, the reading corner, and the table area which is surrounded by art, writing, and math materials. The meeting rug is the central area in the room, where we gather for tefillot, for morning meetings, and for most group lessons. This is where we have the calendar, the message board, and poems on large chart paper. This is also where we have our Aron Kodesh (a small wooden ark), which houses a small printed Torah scroll and is decorated with artwork created by previous generations of first graders.