Movement Room Activities
B’nai Shalom’s new movement room has activities geared for kindergarten through upper school. The room will contain an ever changing obstacle course, which includes gross motor activities such as on the floor balance beams, hop scotch, balance boards, and fine motor skills activities such as picking up small items with large plastic tweezers. A bulletin board contains activity cards instructing older students for more difficult fun exercises. For example one exercise is to draw a number 1 in the air with your index finger while saying the letter A. Next draw a number 2 in the air while saying the letter B. Students see how far they can go.
Movement Room Benefits
Studies show that frequent movement brain breaks, as well as regular physical activity, helps students maintain focus, increases the speed of cognitive processing, increases memory retention, and reduces stress. Physical activity, in short bursts or longer periods of time, increases blood flow to the brain, which increases cognitive functions.
Movement Room Design
B’nai Shalom’s movement room is designed for short movement breaks, and the room can be used throughout the school day. The room was designed in partnership with an Occupational Therapist. The Occupational Therapist ensured that the most effective tools were purchased for the movement room.
We are excited to introduce you and your children to the room!
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The month of Elul, the kickoff month to the High Holiday season, begins on Shabbat.
During Elul it is traditional to blow the shofar every morning. These shofar blasts remind us to prepare for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur by beginning to reflect on who we have been and who we want to become.
Take one step on to the newly upcycled and renovated preschool playground and you’ll instantly be transported to a whimsical world where imagination is full bloom! Jessica White, preschool 2/3 teacher, spent the summer making these updates to the playground. “I wanted to create a 100% recycled playground that offers a natural learning environment while incorporating fine and gross motor play. ” The space is not designed to be permanent so we can add and change things throughout the year. Take a tour of some of the new features on the Upcycled Playground.
Jessica’s goal is to have to the children help create more playground items including bird feeders, wind chimes, sensory walks and more!
By Rabbi Rebecca Ben-Gideon
Prayer is not supposed to be rote. The rabbis of the Talmud taught that each day, we should add something new to our prayers, mechadesh bo davar, We should not merely “get through” the prayers, they taught. Rather, for prayer to be effective, it has to be alive, infused with feeling and personal connections.
We are thrilled to have a new tool to help our students achieve this goal. On Thursday we said Shehechiyanu as for the first time, we used our new siddur (prayerbook) for grades 2 through 8.
Siddur Lev Sholom, was customized specifically for B’nai Shalom by its creator, educator Alex Weinberg. Alex worked with our Judaics faculty to create a book that fits with our program’s goal of making tefillah accessible, joyful and meaningful to students and their families. This edition of the weekday siddur makes prayer understandable and relevant to learners of all ages through the use of color, images, connections to Jewish values, accessible translations, as well as inspirational quotes and questions related to each prayer.
We are very grateful to the Hampel family for sponsoring this new siddur in memory of their son. Thanks as well to Gail LeBauer for helping to make this a reality for our school.
Our previous school siddurim remain precious to our students, who love the cover decorations their parents made. In the coming weeks look for an email inviting you to customize your children’s new siddur with words and photographs!