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             I was born in Tel Aviv, Israel. At the age of 12, my family and I returned to Lyon, France, and continued my education in the Cité Scolaire Internationale at the end of which I obtained a Baccalauréat with an International Option (English-French). After graduating from the J.D program in the Université Lyon III and spending a year in the LL.M program at Boston University School of Law, I moved to Paris where I completed my Masters in Business Law at the Sorbonne University. I then passed the Paris Bar Exam in 2002 and started working at the Paris branch of the American law firm Jones, Day, Reaves and Pogue. Less than a year afterwards, I decided to give up my career as an attorney and devote myself to a new passion: Jewish education.

             In 2003, my husband Dan and I moved to New-Jersey where I started teaching middle school and high school in a local Jewish day school. After moving to Binghmaton, New-York in 2006 to run a satellite Chabad House, I decided to home-school my children and then began to delve more into the world of early-childhood education. After some research, I discovered the Montessori method and underwent a two year long training through the Center for Jewish Montessori in Teaneck, New-Jersey. I completed my practicum at the Cypress Creek Children’s Montessori School in Frisco in 2010 and have been working at Akiba Academy of Dallas since 2011. For the past five years, I’ve been putting together an original curriculum, integrating Judaic and general studies and focusing on the whole child.

           I am currently the proud mother of six boys, who have taught me more than anyone.

Parashat Noach work time

The children are working on different activities related to Parashat Noach.

Parashat Noach, October 16th, 2015

Friday, October 16th, 2015

תשע״ו חשון גי , שישי יום

Dear Parents,

We are now re-established into our weekly routine and are excited to pick up the learning pace!

Parashat Noach was filled with many exciting, hands-on activities. We learned about color mixing (primary and secondary colors), made rainbow necklaces and graded color tablets going from darker to lighter. Many new building/hammering works were introduced –in connection to the building of the Ark- and the children had a great time creating new construction designs while working on their hand-eye coordination. We also got to learn about Kosher/non Kosher animals (to know which ones came in sevens into the Ark, and  which ones came in twos.) Please check out the attached pictures as well as the new video of our children in motion: https://youtu.be/adXJ69DBD1Q.

In Hebrew, we continue introducing more vocabulary related to the calendar (i.e., seasons, weather, before/after etc.) We got to the letter vet and the children enjoy –endlessly- the many media they have to form and work on this letter.

Please check your child’s work in his/her Judaic Friday Folder. You’ll find there a Bereshit-Noach parasha questions’ sheet, which you can use to discuss the parasha with your child.

Shabbat Shalom,

Morah Yael.