Can you believe it’s the end of April?!

Look at the many, many incredible ways our Shalom Chaverim children have grown!

When this one-year-old started the year, she explored our Jewish topics while lying on her back or tummy. Now, at the end of the year, she can sit up, crawl, and pull herself to stand! With her greater range of movement, we’re seeing the ways that she can choose how to engage with Judaism. She can taste playdoh, feel mezuzah cases, and clap her hands to show us she enjoys singing songs.

This 1.5 year old is now a confident walker! He can choose to build Magnatile houses for mezuzot, mix charoset for Passover, and pull books out of the basket. He is using his voice to express his preferences to grown-ups. That helps us to partner with him and show him how he might use materials or play in a different part of the environment.

This almost two-year-old engages with Judaism through pretend play–making a Seder in the kitchen and imitating the Hebrew words her grown-up offered her. She can paint a mezuzah case, choosing the colors and designs and working on her paint brush grasp.

It’s always a joy to see the ways that our Jewish Enrichment Center children grow throughout the year, but it’s particularly magical to watch our youngest children grow in their comfort, love, and expression of Judaism.