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


The students in my first grade classes are 6 and 7 years old. Some can read English quite well, while others are just beginning. All the students are just beginning to read and write in Hebrew. Some come from homes where Torah and parshat hashavua are common topics of discussion, while others come with little or no prior experience. My students have a wide variety of abilities and learning styles – some learn well by listening, while others need to move and others need visual cues. Some are able to express their ideas easily, while others need additional support to succeed. Any methods I choose to teach Torah must have room for all these different kinds of learners.