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  • Making the Home a Place Where Homework Gets Completed By: Doctor Richard Curwin Conditions at home can also have a powerful effect on whether or not homework gets done. We all know that the main resistance when it comes to doing something we’d rather not do is mostly simply in getting started. Once we start, we usually finish or at least get most of it ...
  • How to Make Consequences Work By: Dr. Richard Curwin Along with Dr. Allen N. Mendler, my close friend and co-author of several books, I have spent a great deal of time promoting the use of consequences over punishments. We define a punishment as what is done to us (detentions, suspensions, checkmarks on public boards, calls home), and a consequence as what ...
  • Who’s Gifted? Written By: Joy Urbach The truth is, we all (or almost all of us) believe our child or children are gifted.  Consequently, we all want our children to be given the best possible education, that is appropriate for them. It is often easy to recognize when our child needs special help, especially if they personally struggle in ...
  • The Prayer of Blessing By:  Katya Morrison Many of us have been given the blessing of children.  This blessing may have come by way of actually having birthed children or it may be that we have grandchildren, nephews and nieces, or children of dear friends that have been placed in our lives.  There are also other ways to inherit children.  ...
  • ISRAEL REPORT: THERE WILL BE A 12,000 TEACHER SHORTAGE Written By:  Cookie Schwaeber-Issan A recent article in the Jerusalem Post stated that a shortage of 12,000 high school teachers will happen by the year 2019, according to projections released by the Central Bureau of Statistics.  This will include math, English, biology, physics and chemistry  teachers.  At the same time that this is happening, the report ...
  • The Importance of Reading to Your Child By:  Cookie Schwaeber-Issan Recently, the Israeli newspaper, the Jerusalem Post reported that “1 in 4 kids go to bed without a story.” A survey seemed to indicate that children preferred games or television to books. Although 50% of Israeli parents do read a story to their children each day, about a third of Israeli parents only read ...
  • No Anger Spoken Here By Cookie Schwaeber-Issan, Principal, Makor HaTikvah   I still remember the words of my school principal in the days when I was a young teacher just starting out.  She asked, “When do people usually yell?”  Even before I could answer, she said, “When they think they are not being heard and when they feel as if ...
  • Kids Need to Look Beyond Themselves Kids Need to Look Beyond Themselves   It seems that even today’s kids are not immune to the very same exterior worldly influences which daily prey on each one of us.  At every turn, we are constantly bombarded by media messages which promote “self” in every conceivable manner.  We are told to be the best, look the ...
  • Ministry for Our Children The following are excerpted “Ministry Topics” from a new book by David Kraft called, “Mistakes Leaders Make.”  Here, they are adapted for children and speak to how we as teachers, educators, parents and other extended family, who are essentially leaders to our children, can apply these principles with them. The “Ministry Topics” which are underscored ...
  • Education News From Israel   1.     Where’s the Public Uproar About Israel’s State of Education by Dov Lipman, rabbi, educator and political activist   Historically, the Jewish people have always been among the brightest, most creative minds worldwide and most literate of nations.  Aside from introducing the Bible to the world, we have also consistently contributed to the progress of civilization on ...

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