This year our garden was overflowing with gourds the children had planted last spring. Our home-grown gourds now decorate our classrooms, serve as produce in our classroom “farm market,” provide many opportunities for painting and drawing activities, and even supply additional building materials for block constructions.
We welcomed old and new friends to our first days of classes. There were many reunions and just a few brief tears! The weather was glorious and shared playground activities helped forge new friendships and ease those first-day jitters.
Rabbi Milkow and Danielle West attended the opening of the Reggio Emilia exhibit at the Convention Center, The Wonder of Learning: The Hundred Languages of Children Exhibition.
Each year the Pittsburgh Agency for Jewish Learning has honored teachers and dedicated volunteers in Jewish educational institutions for their work with their students. This June two educators from Ohav Shalom were honored for their contributions to our preschool and religious school.
Pittsburgh hosted the NAREA (North American Reggio Emilia Alliance) summer conference at the Heinz History Center: Bridging Partnerships on the Path of Learning: Embracing History, Identity, and Culture in our Settings.
A “discovery hike” with magnifying glasses, clipboards, tweezers, scissors, and bags for collecting began our first session of camp.