Five-year-old Bella’s stream of consciousness remarks upon returning home from kindergarten: “Savta – do you know the parsha? It’s Va’eirah. Do any parshiot that rhyme with it? We made three pages in our Hagaddah today. Pesach is not until three months from now, February, March, and April when it’s my birthday and Jett’s. But the story is in the parsha, so we are making some pages now and maybe more next week for ten plagues, even frogs. (And we sang Pesach songs, and the frog songs, but not dayenu… what other Pesach songs do you know, Savta?) Then we will not work on our Hagaddah but we will start again before Pesach. Our Hagaddah will have lots of pages and I will bring it to your house for the Seder and will we spilt the sea and will cousin Alex dress up as Eliyahu again?”
While digesting this information, I thought about the teacher’s time management brilliance. After all, those haggadot, afikoman bags, Kiddush cups, jumping frogs, baby Moshe baskets, and matzah covers do not rain down from the shamayim like man! The multitude of projects is only one part of any kindergarten teacher’s pre-Pesach to-do list. Teaching the Exodus narrative and the story of nation building, on a kindergarten level, takes dedication, creativity, and time!
As you look ahead to Tu b’Shevat, Purim, and Pesach – I wish you a calendar full of dynamic learning experiences. Should you wish to discuss ways to plan effective, creative, marketing calendars – or even a pitch or two, please feel free to send me an email or call me at 516.569.8070.