Moadon Yeladim is not only an informal, summer-camp-like environment; nor is it exclusively an "academic" after-school program. This unique program blends learning and community building in a "Kids' Club" format, where children engage in content designed specifically to help foster a sense of belonging and build Jewish identity. The 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. We look forward to sharing details in the fall!
Moadon Yeladim will start the last week of October and run through mid-June. You will have the option to register your child either for the Monday group or the Wednesday group. The Monday group will run from 4-6pm, with drop off starting at 3:30pm, and the Wednesday group will run from 2-4pm, with drop off starting at 1:30pm. This program is held in the Queen Anne neighborhood.
There are two primary curricular threads: Hebrew and Judaics.
Children will be exposed to reading, writing, speaking, and listening in Hebrew. While the sophistication of content will vary with the child's age and experience with the language, all students will engage in Hebrew activities on each day of the program.
Children will engage in multi-week units around different Jewish figures throughout time. Within each unit, children will hear stories about the figure, discuss values and traditions associated with those stories, be taught history and songs, and reflect on how all of this contributes to our Jewish identity and practice today.
As Director of Education, Cara is responsible for ensuring that Kavana’s educational vision is being implemented across the board. Her experience in formal and informal Jewish educational settings position her well to oversee our after-school programs, from designing curriculum to working with our educators on professional development. In addition to our weekly programs, Cara supports families through the B'Nei Mitzvah process as well as our other youth and family programming. Outside of her work with Kavana, Cara enjoys cooking with her husband Tony, connecting with new people, and volunteering as Co-Chair of Limmud Seattle.