Reflections, Mistakes, and Teshuvah . . .

As we prepare for Yom Kippur, which begins at sunset today, our kehillah has had the opportunity to reflect on our behaviors, choices, and mistakes over the last few weeks and to think about how we might make even better choices moving forward. We have been practicing learning from our mistakes, remaining calm in the face of difficulties (using yoga and mediation!), and reading books that might provide us with guidance (like The Hardest Word and The Best Mistake Ever).

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Today, during Circle Time, we all considered what we might think about during Yom Kippur. Some of us shared that we wanted to be more helpful cleaning up at home or at school. Others expressed that they wanted to show kavod to those around them. Still others commented that they wanted to work on their listening and self-regulation skills. Check out our “Big Board” in the classroom for our specific comments!


Over the last few weeks, we have also been working to create our classroom rules. We have been able to connect this experience to some of the conversations we have had about Yom Kippur, including:

  • How does our behavior affect other people?
  • Why do we have rules? What makes a rule a “good” rule?
  • What rules might we have in our classroom?
  • Who should make the rules? Who should follow them?
  • What happens when we break a rule or make a mistake? What action should we take?

 We then documented our thoughts (they are hanging on our chalkboard!):




Wishing you all a meaningful holiday and an easy fast.