Remember when the gym was part of your daily routine? Or when you played violin or had soccer practice every day after school? Remember how good it felt when it was second nature? For kids as young as 4 or 5, a daily routine of challenging academics positively affects every aspect of their lives. Jewish day schools weave the wonders of history and ethics into everything a child experiences – with surprisingly cool modern advantages. Students obtain a unique view on 21st-century skills, such as collaboration, environmental consciousness, social responsibility and global citizenry.
Children who regularly analyze Jewish text in exciting, meaningful ways develop higher critical thinking skills in other areas, too. Your child learns to balance school, family and friends – bolstered by the indelible life lessons taught through the ages. Rabbi Ken Carr, religious leader at Temple Chayai Shalom in Easton, Mass., and longtime educator, explains, “The Talmud teaches us not to say, 'When I have time, I will study,' because we always face competing demands. Day schools incorporate regular exploration of timeless ideas into everyday life, well beyond the school day.”