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MILTON students made a Board Book for their Teacher’s Baby

April 15, 2019 by Ronit Greenstein (Faculty and Staff)

Sixth grade students made board books for their teacher’s baby based on their learning in her Judaic Studies class. The students had learned about Masechet Rosh Hashana, a practice during the Mishna time period of witnesses seeing the new moon and being examined by the Jewish Court to decide when to start each Hebrew month. Students retold the events in the Mishna by creating children’s books from the perspective of a person who sees the moon. They applied Design Thinking principles, considering the needs of their user-such as using simple words appropriate for young children, making a board book vs. paperback for use by a baby or toddler, and including engaging pictures. The sixth graders were thrilled when their Judaic Studies teacher G’veret Chelst brought baby Hillel to school and they got to read their books to him. He loved them!