We are hoping and planning for a September return to safe in-person learning! We will follow public health guidelines to prioritize the safety of our students and staff.
SCHEDULE AND CALENDAR
Makom Afterschool runs from 3:45-5:45pm. Students attend two afternoons per week, on the following schedule:
Kensington Market: Tues & Thurs
Seaton Village: Mon & Weds
Wychwood: Mon & Weds
A Typical Day
Arrival & Transition/Playtime
Children arrive after a full school day and need time to unwind before engaging in additional learning activities. At Makom Afterschool we encourage informal play outdoors, when weather permits. This is a time a time for children to bond with each other and with the staff.
Parents are encouraged to send a snack with their children each day. During snack time, students and teachers chat together in Hebrew. Key vocabulary terms (for food items and related actions) arise during snack time and reappear during the course of the day. The b'rachot (blessings) for each category of food are recited.
Teachers and children begin each class with a routine to transition from arrival and snack into the learning activities. This often includes movement and song.
Children and teachers participate in learning activities together. These activities vary depending on the day and are designed to be engaging and experiential. Through arts, music, games, drama, yoga, dance, movement and more, children learn Hebrew vocabulary and literacy, and are exposed to Jewish values, holidays, traditions and teachings.
Children and teachers end with a closing routine to tidy up, get organized and say L'hitraot! (See you next time!) to one another.
2021/2022 School Year
Makom Afterschool runs from 3:45-5:45pm.
Students come directly to Makom Afterschool at the end of their school day; children who arrive early can be supervised until the program begins.
Makom Afterschool begins in the second week of the TDSB school year, and runs until mid-June. We follow the Toronto District School Board calendar, and are closed on school breaks, holidays, and PA days. We are also closed on certain Jewish holidays.
Holidays and Other Occasions
We have several community celebrations throughout the year, including Chanukah and Purim parties and beginning- and end-of-year student celebrations. All Makom Afterschool families are warmly welcome to participate in Makom Families programming throughout the year, including holiday celebrations, cultural activities and family learning.