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What it’s like to be a Playgroup Morah

Rachel Bachrach

She’s warm, motherly, and tons of fun. She has loads of songs and projects and games up her sleeve, and she’s a veritable fount of information for your toddlers and preschoolers. Meet three women who have spent years (or decades) introducing your children to Yamim Tovim, wiping their tears when they fall, and teaching them everything from alef to tav.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Kayla Berger, 59, is a teacher at Cincinnati Hebrew Day School in Cincinnati, Ohio. She’s been working for 31 years.   I know a child is well stimulated at home when they’re happy and curious about what we’re learning, and they participate and add to our discussions with outside information inspired by parents or relatives. When we talk about a nachash for the letter nun, and a child tells me about a snake shedding its skin as it grows or that some have venom, you see how his parents supplement his knowledge with outside sources. It always adds to our class discussions, and it has a domino effect on my teaching — I’ll get some books to teach even more facts about the nachash. Because there’s so much out there distracting our children today — yes, even this young! — compared to 30 years ago, it’s a greater challenge to keep them engaged and attentive, and when something fascinates them, like all you ever wanted to know about snakes, we’ll really explore it.

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