Research has repeatedly shown that learning is most effective when it is engaging and fun. In Yeshiva Darchei Torah, Yael Sara Rendler’s first-second grade Cahal class has been experiencing learning in just this way!

The boys have begun a reading log and are ‘growing’ their reading tree, with a new leaf added for each book completed. In math class, they are using manipulatives to explore three digit numbers to discover how they relate to each other, writing their own examples of 10 more/less and 100 more/less than the number they each chose. In science lab, where the students are mainstreamed with their buddy class, they are exploring different kinds of clouds and have constructed their own cloud view finders. As you can imagine, they are hoping for many cumulus cloud days!

Special thanks to Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs and assistant teachers Batsheva Flaum and Chaya Sara Fishfeld for inspiring a love of learning in the boys every day.

With much appreciation to Rabbi Shmuel Strickman, limudei kodesh principal, and Mrs. Ariella Kelman and Mrs. Sara Malka Krasnow, the general studies principals, who have established close relationships with every student at Darchei, Cahal is so grateful for the warm welcome and inclusive atmosphere that permeates the building.

Cahal, the local yeshiva-based and sponsored community program for children with learning challenges, now in its 27th successful year, provides smaller, more individualized classes in the local yeshivas catering to children’s learning styles, where all the students attend mainstream activities daily, including lunch, recess, specials, assemblies, trips, and more. When ready, children attend academic classes as well, with support from Cahal to ensure success. The experienced and caring Cahal teachers make it all happen. Cahal is currently accepting students. For more information about the Cahal program and to donate to this great community organization, contact Cahal at cahal@cahal.org or call 516-295-3666. Follow Cahal on Instagram and Facebook for exciting news and updates.

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