Research has shown that young children learn best through active, hands-on experiences.
In other words, children learn by doing. Play provides the foundation for academic learning.
To incorporate the menorah into our Hanukkah theme, we placed candles into real menorahs!
This activity accessed several developmental areas.
Each candle was color-coded to match a corresponding cavity on the menorah.
By discerning between an array of different colors, students exercised their matching and visual perceptual skills.
This experience also encouraged your little ones to investigate, discover, and learn new ideas related to a culture different from their own.
By collaborating with their classmates, they also fostered their decision-making skills, supporting their emerging social-emotional development, as they best problem-solved how to share supplies to meet a common goal.