Simon Family JCC Blog

Cheesecake = Revelation? A meditation on Shavuot

by Tracie Guy-Decker I always welcome the festival of Shavuot as it approaches. In my memory, Shavuot carries with it the delicious flavor of cheesecake and ice cream. As I watched the dates approaching on the calendar, I started to tell my three-year-old daughter about the upcoming festival: Me: Shavuot is coming! It’s the holiday…

A perfect Sunday afternoon?

Imagine this: You’re walking with your family in the warm afternoon sun of mid-May in Virginia. Your children dance to high-energy pop music from a live band. As you wander past the stage, you smile and pat your shopping bag, so glad you found those earrings in the Art Expo—your mother will love them. In…

JCC to moms: You deserve some ‘me time’!

American women tend to prioritize other people’s needs above their own. When those women are mothers, their needs fall even further down on their own to-do list. With today’s so-called “over-scheduled” kids, and more and more women (and men) finding themselves in the sandwich generation, many women, especially mothers, neglect their own needs. In The…

The Strelitz Early Childhood Center Visits Israel

By Lorna Orleans,  Strelitz Early Childhood Center Director Each spring, the Strelitz Early Childhood Center students take a trip to Israel!  They pack their bags, get on a plane, get their passport stamped and travel all over the country visiting all over the country in one morning.  Of course, our “trip” is pretend, but the…

Camp JCC vs. Summer Learning Loss

Screen-Free Week is right around the corner. It’s timing, toward the end of the school year, can’t help but get us at Camp JCC a little bit passionate. The American Academy of Pediatrics estimates that the average American child spends seven hours in front of screens every day. For many kids, that number increases dramatically…

How is Literacy Developed in the Strelitz Early Childhood Center Curriculum?

By Lorna Orleans Director, Strelitz Early Childhood Center Preschool Early childhood literacy is developed in a variety of ways.  In developmentally appropriate preschool programs, teaching literacy is about helping students develop the readiness skills they need to begin reading.  At the Strelitz Early Childhood Center, our literacy program develops children’s literacy skills and most importantly…