Actualizing the Vision
In the months leading up to September, a building was bought and beautifully renovated; a team of teachers was selected for their experience and expertise; and a group of girls prepared to embark on their educational journey.
When one enters Nachlas Bais Yaakov, the sense of excitement and purpose is immediately felt. The bright classrooms, decorated walls and designated lunchroom convey the feeling that something important is happening, and indeed it is. Here, chinuch is not just about the curriculum. It is the smiles on the girls’ faces as they say their brachos, the curiosity that’s cultivated when they offer their own answers, the pride that forms as they sound out first words. It’s ownership of learning, joy of discovery, and pride in being a bas yisrael.
It is the smiles on the girls’ faces …
and pride in being a bas yisrael.
My motto is “עבדו את ה’ בשמחה .” A calm and happy child is open to the learning process. In this environment, our talmidos are comfortable asking questions and are always looking to explore and discover. We hope they will carry this attitude through their years of school, and in life.
I believe that the best way to teach is by example. To this end, we’ve hand-picked our teachers for what they have to offer as role models. The next step is choosing age-appropriate skills and bringing them down to the students’ level, which we do through interactive puppet shows and role-play. We aim to relate to each girl’s innate self-worth, and instill the understanding that they are daughters of the King, Hashem. Growth in middos is so much more than “that’s not the way we speak,” when we focus on the positive act of building personalities.
My vision for our girls is their development into happy, well-adjusted young women who are prepared for high school and life. Every aspect of the curriculum is designed to lead to the mastery of academic skills like chumash, kriah, reading comprehension, analytical skills, and written expression. Even more, we want the girls to develop the desire and the confidence to succeed, in the classroom and out.
When Rabbi Yanky Robinson saw an opportunity to make a mark on the chinuch of Lakewood’s girls, he saw the need, created by a burgeoning student population not just as a call, but as a calling.
“Seeing Chani go and come each day with such happiness and excitement is a real pleasure. The hanhala and moros make her feel so special and loved”
– Mrs. Mati Menchel, Parent
“I like coming to school because I love doing projects and learning. Mrs. Smith takes care of me.”
– Chani, Student
“When the girls come to school, they are coming to a home away from home; they feel that the hanhala, and their friends, are family.”