Listen, Be Brave and Love Enough

I have never pretended to be an expert in anything, let alone everything.  There are things that I know, and when I am wrong, I am always open to learn. At 60, however, I would like to believe that I … Read More

The Urgent Question: Who Am I?

Yogi Bera once said, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” That has not stopped innumerable people, from all walks of life, from predicting what the future will be for our children when they are grown. A day … Read More

It’s Full STEAMath Ahead at Hillel

By Joan Freedman, Director of Curriculum Two years ago we invited our families to school for Pi Night, a wildly successful evening devoted to math in all its magic. So why expand to a full-fledged STEAM Event? Because we feel … Read More

Homework: The Battle Continues

Exercise the brain like a muscle or give kids time to work on the family farm? Educators have been debating the effectiveness of homework as a tool for learning for over a century. Support for and against homework has ebbed … Read More

You’ve Got To be Carefully Taught 2.0

I originally wrote this blog in 2015, and feel it is necessary to update and share again within the context of the violence of these last several weeks in Pittsburgh, Tallahassee, Thousand Oaks, and this week in Israel. It is  … Read More

The Challenge for Parents: Letting Our Children Be Children

Childhood should be a time of awe and wonder; an opportunity to play, explore, create and to learn in a fashion that promotes healthy living and optimism.  Then why do so many children suffer from anxiety and depression, and why … Read More

The Dark Side of the Internet – A True Story

This past fall I received a call from the F.B.I.  That was a first. The investigator told me that the agency had recently arrested a pedophile, and confiscated his computer. On it, investigators found pictures; one was of a boy … Read More

Face Time, Not “FaceTime” – By Robin Pappas

Any time a child spends looking at an electronic screen – a smart phone, an iPad, a computer, a television – is considered screen time.  How much time does your child spend looking at a screen? Research shows that children … Read More

Why We Tell Our Stories

Do you ever cuddle up with your children and share memories of your childhood – special moments, trips, or family traditions? Do you remember your parents doing the same with you? I clearly remember loving to listen to my parents … Read More