I have been teaching students how to read English through phonics instruction and coaching children through kriyah workshops for over thirty years. Recently, I turned my focus towards social skills training because of the importance of emotional intelligence in the classroom. To that end, I created a social skills workshop in order to give both educators and parents the tools to get children learning. Without listening skills, there is no math. Without cooperation, there is no reading. So, let’s set a foundation of middos for our children: help them speak kindly, resolve conflicts, and take turns. Once we set that foundation, they can build with their academic blocks.
About the Author: An acclaimed educator and social skills specialist, Mrs. Rifka Schonfeld has served the Jewish community for close to thirty years. She founded and directs the widely acclaimed educational program, SOS, servicing all grade levels in secular as well as Hebrew studies. A kriah and reading specialist, she has given dynamic workshops and has set up reading labs in many schools. In addition, she offers evaluations G.E.D. preparation, social skills training and shidduch coaching, focusing on building self-esteem and self-awareness. She can be reached at 718-382-5437 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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