Weekly Shabbat Message
For a small child there is no division between playing and learning; between the things he or she does ‘just for fun’ and things that are ‘educational.’ The child learns while living and any part of living that is enjoyable is also play.” Penelope Leach (psychologist and author)
I often get asked whether 2, 3 and 4 year olds are too young to be taught and the simple answer is that you’re never too young or too old to learn because you’re never too young or too old to play! It is part of Nagila’s mission to help our children learn about life, including their Jewish heritage, by making it fun and real, so that they absorb and retain what we show them, whether it is celebrating Succot in our own Succah, spending the whole morning making bread and 15 minutes the next day making matzah, or flying to Israel for a picnic on a magic carpet!
Making the environment at Nagila as friendly, fun and enjoyable as possible ensures that our boys and girls look forward to coming to nursery. We take pride in producing confident, independent self-assured individuals and we work equally as hard to give them a strong sense of community. To this end, we need your help! Come and play - we are always looking for volunteers to read stories or who can offer the children real life experiences. Please don’t throw away your cereal boxes and kitchen roll tubes, your scrap paper, your shampoo bottles or any old material as these can become space ships, telescopes, castles, treasure maps, superhero capes ……the list is endless!