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Posted: October 02, 2017
Teaching children to read, it’s so much more than phonics
By Cheri Szereszewski, RECE
Director, Prosserman JCC Daycare and Preschool
Learning to read begins in early infancy. By reading to your baby everyday parents begin to instil a love of language and reading while simultaneously providing physical and emotional stimulation that leads to positive bonding and attachment.
Studies have shown that the amount of time a child spends being read to can affect a child’s own ability to learn to read. (1) Over time, sounds begin to have meaning. Looking at books with children helps them make connections between the pictures, the sounds and the words on the page
The Ministry of Education ELECT Curriculum Framework, used daily by the teachers at the Prosserman JCC Daycare and Preschool in their program planning, outlines how the imitation and repetition leads to the ability to pretend and imagine, two skills important for early literacy.
As children become more verbal, parents are encouraged to engage children in conversation with open-ended questions and responsive statements, rather than reading books cover-to-cover. This interaction can enhance a child’s understanding of and ability to use language, ultimately leading to reading comprehension. (2) For example, ask “What do you think is going to happen next?” Then, stop to identify elements in the pictures that provide food for thought.
Provide your child with real world experiences that show them that letters and words are all around. Look for opportunities to teach letters and words by playing with letter blocks, sharing books to look at independently, singing songs and labelling items.
Make reading a habit. Read every day as part of the daily routine as well as something that happens spontaneously. Above all, make it fun! Use funny voices, sing songs, encourage your toddler or preschooler to tell you the story. Make stories up with your child and write them down together. This is a great way for your child to make literacy connections between reading and writing.
Learning to read is not all about phonics anymore. Learning to read is a balance of learning letters and learning sounds. It’s about taking the time to expose your children to books, letters and sounds and to encourage them to develop a love of reading that will help them gain the skills needed to become a lifelong reader.
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1. Wolf, Maryanne; Stoodley, Catherine J. (2007). Proust and the squid: the story and science of the reading brain. New York: Harper. pp. 81–83. 2. Ministry of Education (2014). How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years. Ottawa. Retrieved from: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/childcare/HowLearningHappens.pdf
Posted: September 27, 2017
Jews of Iran
by Elizabeth Katchen, Programs Department
Did you know that there are still Jews living in Iran today?Read more »
The Jews of Iran event grew out of my surprise in discovering this information. My curiosity was a catalyst to weeks of research on this community and on the Persian Jewish community in North America.
What started as a small talk has evolved into a full evening celebration of the culture, heritage and history of the Jews of Iran. As well, a cross-cultural and bridge building initiative with the greater Iranian community has come about thanks to this community’s incredible support of the event. I encourage you to join us Tuesday October 24th. The evening promises to be an enlightening and informative opportunity to learn and celebrate through art, music, imagery, refreshments and discussion.
To register, please click here
Posted: August 15, 2017
THE 2017 JCC MACCABI GAMES AND ARTSFEST
By Andrew Levy, Executive Director of the Schwartz/Reisman Centre and Prosserman JCC
The lens through which we see the world defines our experiences and our JCCs continuously explore opportunities to strengthen Jewish identity and build community locally, continentally and globally. Last week over 2000 teenagers took part in a powerful and transformative experience in Miami, FL and Albany, NY at the 36th annual JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest. The JCC Maccabi Games brings Jewish teenagers together from around the world to represent their communities by competing in sporting events, while ArtsFest provides talented artists with the opportunity to work with experts in their fields in order to fine-tune their craft. However, the competition was secondary this past week to the celebration of our Jewish heritage and the global Jewish community.
Every year Toronto sends a very strong delegation and this year we were represented by 130 outstanding athletes and coaches, the third largest delegation at the Games. Accompanying them was a large contingent of enthusiastic and patriotic family members who were soaking in the experience with Canadian flags and big smiles.
While the games foster a healthy sense of competition, every aspect of this unique experience is infused with Jewish values. Awards for rachmanus (compassion) and tikkun olam (repairing the world) are awarded in addition to the traditional gold, silver and bronze medals. Lior Cyngiser, who sits on the Board of the Schwartz/Reisman Centre and Prosserman JCC, found the games to be “an extremely powerful and inspiring experience. The JCC Maccabi Games provided great insight into the power that sport, Jewish values and community have not only on the athletes and artists, but for the families, volunteers and the community at large as well. The Games are more than just a sports tournament – they galvanize the community. The passion and Jewish pride from all those involved was contagious and inspiring.”
On behalf on the Toronto delegation, we are incredibly proud of all the young people who took part in this year’s Games and ArtsFest and would like to congratulate them on their many accomplishments. Our swimming team brought home an impressive 71 medals from Miami, the most in Toronto’s history at the games. Toronto was undefeated in hockey, bringing home the gold. Other highlights include a gold medal in girls soccer, a silver medal in boys soccer, a gold medal in girls tennis, and innumerable showings of sportsmanship, teamwork and Jewish spirit along the way.
Lorne Goldstein, Chair of the Schwartz/Reisman Centre and Prosserman JCC Board of Directors, had the pleasure of attending this year’s games and found it be a hugely impactful experience, stating that “This gathering of young athletes and artists from North America, Great Britain, and Israel really provided a unique opportunity for the participants to share and grow their Jewish identity and values under the JCC international banner. Kol Hakavod to our 130 athletes and coaches who competed. A special thanks to our Miami hosts who worked so hard to put these games together and graciously housed our Toronto contingent.”
The games are so much more than a sporting competition. The JCC Maccabi experience is truly one that our athletes and artists will carry with them for the entire lives. It connects on the highest level their passions with their heritage and offers them a deep and meaningful Jewish experience. This is made possible by our incredibly dedicated volunteer coaches and passionate delegation heads. We are so fortunate to have them on our team.
We look forward to seeing everyone at the 2018 JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest (Aug. 5-10, 2018), to be hosted by the Merage JCC of Orange County and the Alpert JCC of Long Beach in California. For information about how you can join a future delegation, email us at [email protected].
MEDIA COVERAGE OF THE GAMES:
“Victorious athletes not only winners at Maccabi Games” – Times Union, Albany, NY
“Thousands expected at JCC Maccabi Games & ArtsFest in Miami” – Sun-Sentinal, Broward County, FL
Video: “JCC Maccabi Games Underway” – WBRC Fox 6 News, Birmingham, AL
Additional coverage can be found on our Facebook page.Read more »
Posted: August 10, 2017
Fall Registration is Open! Learn how to register for Programs using our New Website!
We are excited to open registration for our upcoming Fall session! We pride ourselves on offering something for every member of your family. Whether you want to stay active, learn a new skill, pick up a new hobby or do something with the entire family; we have you covered.
Registration is now open and classes are already starting to fill up. Make sure to reserve your spots today!
The Prosserman Fall 2017/ Winter 2018 Program Schedule is Now Available Online! Download the guide, and take a look at our amazing classes!
Click here to view Fall 2017/Winter 2018 Program Schedule
Members and non-members can register with prossermanjcc.com to make the program registration process faster. If you’re a member, just enter your membership ID in order to receive member value pricing on programs.If you don’t know your member ID, simply click the ‘Get ID’ button, submit the email address used to become a member, and an email with your member ID will be sent to you.
There are now many different ways to find programs!
• Browse ‘Popular Programs’ on our main home page or within a specific department.
• Use our new ‘Program Finder’ to search programs by time of day, day of the week, program type and age range.
• Use the ‘Search tool’ to search for specific programs by name, theme and program type.
Once you find a program you’re interested in, check out the details, reviews, and Q&A for more information about the program.Check off the time and day of the class you’d like to register for and enter the attendee information.Add to Cart!Once you’ve filled your cart with all the programs you wish to register for, head over to ‘Checkout’. Fill out the necessary information and click ‘Place Order’ to finish the registration process!
Click here to watch a video on “how to create an account and link your membership”, and “How to register for a program”
We’re committed to our member’s experience both on and offline and have a variety of ways to offer support.Read more »
• Check out our ‘Need Help’ section online to reference our frequently asked questions and registration videos.
• Take advantage of our live chat tool to message one of our helpful staff members in real-time.
• Email our support team at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.
• Call us at 416-638-1881 or visit us in person at our guest services desk
Posted: August 02, 2017|Categories: Blog
North Bay girl using The Maccabi Games to connect with Jewish identity
When most girls look back on their bat mitzvah celebrations they will remember their party with friends or a portion of learning they nailed in a speech or in front of the Torah.
For Mia Cochran from North Bay, however, deciding what to do to mark her Bat Mitzvah wasn’t as easy. Her two older brothers had bar mitzvahs – one in Israel and one in the local North Bay synagogue. But, Mia wasn’t sure either of those options was right for her.
While her brothers played football in high school, she is considered the jock of the family. So, when the opportunity came along to participate in the JCC Maccabi Games, she knew this was it – THIS was going to be the way she marked her Bat Mitzvah and formal connection to the Jewish community. At 15 years old, Mia will be going to the JCC Maccabi Games in Florida as part of the girls soccer team Toronto delegation. She will be traveling with a new network of Jewish teammates and staying with a local Jewish family in Florida. Her parents, Irit and Rob, will be flying down to cheer her on.
Mia’s ambitions including playing soccer in university and is hoping her talents will be noticed by members of the sporting community at the Games.
What they will surely see is a midfield and defense player that is a fast runner, patient, driven and skilled at reading the game. They will also notice her light-heartedness and joy of playing, often with a huge smile across her face.
Mia has been playing soccer for as long as her father can remember. Currently, she is playing with the North Bay Rep team and she is part of the Northern Soccer Academy (Centre of Excellence). This year, she took the ref course and currently is a referee for North Bay Women’s Soccer and Youth Soccer leagues.
There is no doubt she is exceptional and will be noticed for her sports prowess and, no less, for her unique way of building her Jewish identity.
Mazal tov Mia Cochran on this amazing milestone! May you continue to go from strength to strength.
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Posted: June 14, 2017
Meet Marty Leaf
For some, camp is a summer escape. But for Marty Leaf, it’s his passion.
Marty isn’t a man of many words but his character speaks volumes as he walks down the corridors of JCC.
Marty is a resident of Reena, a home in Thornhill for individuals with developmental disabilities. He grew up going to The Jack and Pat Kay Centre Camp and declares it his second home.
“I love it,” exclaims Marty.
During the summer, Marty is often the first person you’ll see in the morning. His smiling face greets campers at drop off and this happy nature is enough to let you know your child is in good hands.
Marty is a true mentor figure and friend, evidenced by the onslaught of kids that run up to him for a hug or a good laugh.
He keeps old cabin photos in his backpack to show campers and share memories of the years when he too was a camper at this same camp. The nostalgia and excitement that these photos evoke remind him why he continues to reach out and connect with new people.
Marty’s been coming to the JCC for almost 19 years now and enjoys every second. His warm-hearted approach and gentle nature make him one of the most popular figures at camp and his loyalty, passion and involvement won him the prestigious Dan Shulman Community Volunteer Award last year.
As a camp volunteer, he participates in a variety of activities such as swimming, dance, drama and sports. It’s almost as though he’s reliving his own childhood through the work he does.
Marty Leaf’s JCC story is about building a sense of belonging and developing relationships that transcend decades.
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Posted: March 14, 2017
Ten years ago Kayla Daniels was referred by JF&CS to The Jack and Pat Kay Centre Camp to, in her words, “develop who I am and make new friends”.
Kayla’s story is just one of the many success stories that come from community collaboration and outreach. It is also testament to the notion that when we give, we actually get more in return.
An amazing inspiration to her fellow staff and campers, Kayla is now in her fourth year as a counsellor. As a camper, she developed strong friendships that she believes helped her achieve personal success and navigate tough times. In addition to making new friends, camp also helped her reconnect with old friends broadening her support network.
Kayla says one of the reasons she likes being a counsellor is the ability for her to give back to campers the skills, support and confidence that she received once herself.
Her understanding and appreciation of Jewish and Israeli culture is also something she credits Centre Camp with, and something that she makes sure to pay forward. “You come to camp to have fun, but I’ve learned a lot from camp about the Jewish culture,” says Kayla. “This helps me figure out who I am and as I grow up this still shapes me.” Her first time hearing the Israeli anthem, Hatikvah, was in camp as well as many Shabbat songs and activities. Each time she is inspired, she brings that information and joy home to share with her family, especially her younger sister who is now also a Centre Camp camper.
What is Kayla Daniels’ JCC Story? It’s the message of connection, friendship, support and giving back.
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