A MESSAGE FROM OUR DIRECTOR
We are committed to creating a warm, friendly, and happy environment for your child. On this website, you will find important information and useful tips to maximize your child’s positive experience and personal development and growth at Esformes Hebrew Academy.
Welcome to our school family. We’re so glad you’re here.
Mrs. Chani Ezagui
A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
I have two primary goals for Chabad Esformes Hebrew Academy:
Provide the best possible educational opportunities for our students in the context of our special brand of experiential education; and
Position ourselves as regional and national leaders in experiential education.
At Chabad Esformes Hebrew Academy, students are engaged and captivated by hands-on learning experiences. Learning through direct experience allows children to actively master skills. It brings their learning to life.
Walk into any classroom and you'll see hands raised, small groups assembled, and presentations underway. You'll find teachers creating collaborative partnerships with students, encouraging them to discover and connect. You'll observe children engaged in meaningful hands-on projects that build skills and excite creativity.
You'll also see classrooms that are without children because the class has taken their learning into the field. We believe learning happens everywhere: in our classrooms, in the city, in the wilderness, on a walk around the neighborhood, or at the local farmers' market.
For early childhood students, experiential learning could mean creating and running their own grocery market. Preschool, kindergarten, first, and second graders might tag Monarch butterflies and contribute their research to national institutions. Third graders might research, imagine, and plan a model community, while eighth graders navigate The Tiger Bay Forest performing field ecology research. Second graders might stage a play about opening a “Lemonade Stand”, complete with song, dance, and handmade crafts, as kindergartners work on animal habitats to record observations of plant growth in their science journals.
We draw on many different educational sources. It's not hard to see that our teachers and students benefit from the educational beliefs and practices of Jean Piaget (Constructivist Education), John Dewey (Progressive Education), and Loris Malaguzzi (Reggio Emilia). We are always looking to learn about and practice what works best for children and fosters their connection and involvement with the curriculum.
Student involvement and immersion in the curriculum promotes a deep understanding of subjects and engenders a life-long passion for learning. There are many dimensions to our experiential education pedagogy that makes it so successful.