Morah Cheryl’s Blog

Cheryl Maayan I see myself as the guardian of each student’s childhood, and am committed to filling their days with learning that is significant and meaningful. How do we do that at Mirowitz? Check back here weekly for a window into our school. I will post here on topics ranging academic excellence, meaningful Jewish learning and empowering children to make a difference.

– Cheryl Maayan

Butterfly Blessings

andrea Curriculum

THE LESSONS IN BUTTERFLY BLESSINGS I learned a few simple lessons from the blessings of second graders this Tuesday. The students witnessed the metamorphosis of caterpillars into butterflies these past few weeks. They observed, collected data and became intrigued by their …

THE MEANING BEHIND THE WORDS

andrea Curriculum

(Watch the siddur ceremony here!)        When you are reciting Mah Tovu, theBarechu or even theShema, what do you think about? Do you say the words without really knowing their intention? If so, you likely have much in common with the …

EXPLANATIONS THAT STRENGTHEN IDENTITY

andrea Curriculum

Have you ever felt like a fish who jumped out of the water so you could describe water to a human? Our middle school students had the opportunity to do something similar yesterday: explain what it means to be Jewish …

Strangers in the land of Egypt…

andrea Curriculum

You were strangers in the land of Egypt… Lessons about Passover have been rich and deep this past month. Mirowitz students have become intimate with the hagaddah, Pesach songs and blessings. And they know that Passover is more than a …

What’s Jewish about Science?

andrea Curriculum, Jewish Learning

What’s Jewish about Science? I chanced upon a group of environmental engineers in fourth grade this week. They were working in pairs, designing compost bins and discussing the efficacy of various materials, design shape and access points to turning the …

Educating “Generation Swipe”

andrea Curriculum

Educating “Generation Swipe” Our students are the first generation to live their entire lives in a digital world. In fact, they are being called “Generation Swipe,” having been born after the iphone and ipad taught humanity to swipe for a …

A View from the Balcony

andrea Curriculum

A VIEW FROM THE BALCONY Jewish life allows us to carve out time, to take a break from our frenetic lives, and to take a view from the balcony. We gather with our families, bring in the light of Shabbat, …

Making a Difference

andrea Curriculum

HOW KINGS, QUEENS AND SUPERHEROES (AND OTHER COSTUMED KIDS) MAKE BIG A DIFFERENCE! Kids love Purim! Can you blame them? They get to dress in costume, make loud noises and eat hamantaschen. They parade…they sing…they get their faces painted. And …

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TOURISTS AND ACTIVISTS

andrea Curriculum

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TOURISTS AND ACTIVISTS How does a field trip to Jefferson City turn social studies into leadership development that ensures our future? For one thing, Mirowitz students don’t go to our state capitol as tourists. They go as …

A Wise and Holy Woman

andrea Curriculum

A Wise and Holy Woman Once upon a time, there was a wise and holy woman. This woman had a special connection with Adonai. She lived her life by God’s holy word – loving her family and friends most of …