"It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”
Alice Through the Looking Glass
At The Learning Center my staff and I meet at least twice a month to discuss, examine, train, report and reflect. Together we study the changes the children make in the classroom, with their friends and with themselves. Together we reflect on the changes in ourselves and what we bring to the classroom and parents. During the summer we all watch the changes in the garden. And right when one of the kids yell: “There is a watermelon starting to grow!” we begin our conversations about change.
At The Learning Center we embrace change and want our children to learn how to manage the changes that can happen in their daily life. As adults we know that some changes can be challenging. For preschoolers’ new babies, new homes and starting a new school can be a big change that needs positive modeling from parents and lots of patience. These changes are also the foundation for managing other bigger changes that we may experience. Being the director of The Learning Center I expect to see changes. Growth comes from change. I look for this in my staff, myself and my families.
With the anticipation of the High Holy Days there is always this under tone of change and self- reflection. How will this coming year be better? This question is both a personal one and professional one. The Learning Center will gain new staff. Our programming will become more enriched, with community wide attendance. Our Bim Bom Baby program continues to grow with new babies and little ones each month. Our four and five year old program will have kids attending five full days.
Temple Shir Shalom and The Learning Center has been accepted as a member of the Union of Jewish Reform program: Building a Brand: Excellence in Reform Movement Early Childhood Engagement Community of Practice. We are now part of a select group of congregations embarking on a journey of learning and experimentation, collaboration and innovation. This will allow us to network around the country with other Reform Temples as we share what we do and learn from others to enhance The Learning Center and Temple.
Some worry about change. Some avoid change. At The Learning Center I push for positive changes to help our children, staff and families grow. Please join us as this year becomes even better than last year!
Wishing everyone a La Shanah Tova!