Learning to be Shomrei-Adamah, Protectors of the Earth

Learning is limitless at The Leo Baeck Day School, especially when learning outside the four walls of a classroom. At Leo Baeck, students enjoy a wide range of experiential, hands-on learning opportunities to facilitate their growth. Whether through the Tikkun Project or robotics, students have a variety of access points to jumpstart their curiosity.

Below, Grade 3 teacher Jenna Sobel shares the wonderful learning program facilitated by Shoresh

This year, our Grade 3 students have the opportunity to participate in a four-part outdoor learning program with Shoresh in Cedarvale Park and ravine. The program takes students on a year long learning journey. At the beginning of the year, we ask ourselves, ” how can we make this year sweet, and how do we look to our natural world to find sweetness?” This question brings us through the end of the year, where we will celebrate all the learning the students accomplished by eating wild edibles and saving seeds for next year.

This learning series begins with our first Unit of Inquiry, Sharing the Planet. The series will cover several Jewish holidays and Jewish values that we can deepen by learning from our natural world. Educators will prompt students to consider themselves a Shomrei-Adamah, or Protectors of the Earth, through all four programs, which will serve to enrich their curiosity and open new pathways for learning.


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