Moadon Yeladim blends elements of a more "academic" after-school program with an informal and fun summer-camp-like environment. This "Kids' Club" format is designed specifically to help foster a sense of belonging and build Jewish identity. Each Moadon Yeladim afternoon is structured to allow children the opportunity to play together, eat a snack together (provided by Kavana), and learn through games, stories, the arts, and discussion.
In addition to kids' weekly learning experience, we ask families to join us in our goal of community building. There are many opportunities for families to connect and participate throughout the year.
Due to the dynamic Covid situation, we’ve decided to take this year in smaller chunks; this will allow flexibility for both staff and families.
Moadon’s Fall Quarter (October - December) will take place online (on Zoom) from 4:00-5:30pm, beginning the week of October 4th. This is a once-a-week program that will be offered on both Mondays and Tuesday afternoons*; you will register your child for one consistent day of the week -- either Mondays or Tuesdays. (*If Zoom enrollment can’t support two afternoons of the program in the fall, we will adjust as needed, in close coordination with families.)
As we move into Winter Quarter (January - March) and Spring Quarter (April - June), our fingers are crossed that we’ll be able to move Moadon Yeladim back to an in-person format at some point. For planning purposes now, we’ll share that whenever that shift happens, the program will still be held on the same days of the week but in the Queen Anne neighborhood, likely from 3:45-5:45pm.
There are two primary curricular threads: Hebrew and Judaics.
Hebrew Literacy: Children will be exposed to reading, writing, speaking, and listening in Hebrew. Kids walk away from Moadon Yeladim with a foundation in conversational Hebrew, and the ability to read/decode a text.
Jewish History (Key Figures): In Moadon Yeladim, children learn about Jewish history by doing deep-dives into key Jewish figures from across time. Whether they're learning about Biblical Eve or King David, Rabbi Akiva or Maimonides, Golda Meir or Debbie Friedman, each multi-week unit is designed to bring the chosen figure and their milieu to life for the students, as we discuss associated values and traditions, learn stories and songs, and reflect on how all of this contributes to our Jewish identity and practice today.