Conference Proceeding: Let’s Focus

Attracting and holding children’s attention during library period is not easy in these times when children spend hours watching TV or movies and surfing the web. Ellen has found beginning a library period with an introductory activity which serves to transition and focus is important. An origami demonstration or yoga posture quiets the class as a whole, blocks out distractions and focuses the attention. The origami figures can also be integrated into storytelling and used as an easy and clean art project in the library. NO ARTISTIC ABILITY IS REQUIRED. Moving the body in the shape of Hebrew letters is for all ages, including pre-school. In addition to focusing and calming, it provides familiarity with Hebrew letters and helps to reinforce the Hebrew alphabet. It is another teaching modality to use to help students learn the shape of Hebrew letters. NO ATHLETIC ABILITY REQUIRED.

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