Published on: May 15, 2019

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On Holocaust Remembrance Day, Arie Crown Hebrew Day School had a special program for the 3rd -8th grades. They spent the morning with Mrs. Naomi Jacobson, a Holocaust survivor, and proud great -grandmother. The students watched a video of Mrs. Jacobson recounting her story of being born in peaceful and beautiful times, then the horrors she endured during the Holocaust, and finally, meriting to build a beautiful family in America afterwards. The children then got to hear directly from her, asking her questions about her experiences. Representatives of each class lit candles in memory of the martyrs, the Kedoshim. An 8th grade student led the group in the recitation of Tehillim, and everyone chimed in singing the classic Ani Maamin (“I believe”).

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At Joan Dachs Bais Yaakov, Mrs. Berger worked hard teaching fractions and the practical application in everyday life. The following assignment was the culmination of their unit on fractions and a highlight of the year for the students.

Using six recipes of their choice, the girls had to do mathematical computations such as doubling, tripling and halving the recipes. Each student created a unique cookbook with these recipes. Extra points were awarded for creativity and execution.

The girls were very excited about the project and used both their artistic talents as well as math knowledge in creation of their cookbooks. The final products were outstanding both in their originality and accuracy!

And bottom line—girls have gained a new appreciation for the math they learned this year.


A 10-year-old girl has won the hearts of people across the internet by writing a reverse poem about dyslexia. The poem is being praised not only for its unique format, but also for the positive message it sends other kids.

The poem serves to empower children with learning challenges and dismantle the belief that they are stupid or failures. Take a look and discover for yourself…

Dyslexia
I am stupid
Nobody would ever say
I have a hatred for words
I was meant to be great
That is wrong
I am a failure
Nobody would ever convince me to think that
I can make it in life.
(Now read upwards)
I can make it in life
Nobody would ever convince me to think that
I am a failure
That is wrong
I was meant to be great
I have a hatred for words
Nobody would ever say
I am stupid.
(Understood.org)

Simply titled “Dyslexia,” the poem captures two perspectives.

When read from top to bottom, the poem describes the negative thoughts and feelings that children with dyslexia – and other learning challenges – may feel.

However, when read from the bottom upwards, the poem’s tone transforms and becomes so empowering that the teacher of the student who wrote it felt compelled to share it so others could gain from it.

The lesson of the poem is clear – there are two ways a child with a learning challenge can perceive themselves. And that perception makes a world of difference. When children do not define and limit themselves by their challenges, they’re able to realize their potential and rise to greatness.

It’s our job as parents and educators to help ensure that all children and especially those with learning challenges view themselves through a positive, empowering lens, with an “I can” mindset. We must build our children’s self-esteem and encourage them to believe in themselves. That will set them up for success in every arena of life.

How to accomplish that?

  1. When we offer emotional support, listen and validate the children’s feelings. That will motivate them to grow and reach higher both academically and in all areas.
  2. Point out their successes – small and large – so they can see their progress and be motivated to keep pushing.
  3. And point out that all people have challenges and that making mistakes is part of the growth process and is good!When they start understanding and accepting who they are and believe in the process, they learn to stop fearing learning…and that’s where the magic happens.

Stay tuned for information about ET Learning Connection’s upcoming series on reading: “Ready Set Connect.” Is your child getting the right help? Link your child to success with ET Learning Connections.Esther Tarkieltaub, LBS1 Educational Specialist and Advocate works on empowering her clients to enhance their academic ability, strengthen their social skills and build their self-esteem. ET Learning Connections is dedicated to advocating for each client’s unique needs to ensure they have the tools, support and self-confidence necessary to thrive. Contact Esther Tarkieltaub LBS1 at etlearningconnections@gmail.com or 773-807-1083 to schedule a complimentary consultation.


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