Over the past eight years, Mayim has grown to include a "family" of program that meet the differing needs of families in our community. We are delighted that families with children in elementary school now have three options for their children's learning:
Mayim is our original, signature elementary learning program (grades K-5) at Temple Beth Shalom. Mayim offers an experiential and project-based learning curriculum. It is a wonderful way for children to experience meaningful Jewish learning as they build relationships in our TBS community. There is rich learning that happens each year, and learning builds from one year to the next.
Children attend Mayim once a week and learn in mixed groups: Kindergarteners on their own, 1st-2nd graders together, 3rd-4th graders together, and 5th graders on their own. There are typically 10-12 children per group, with two groups at each age level meeting on the same day.
On weekdays, flexible drop-off is available starting at 2:45. During our early drop-off program, children can participate in a range of chugim (electives), such as Nature Club, Active Games, Homework Space, Arts & Crafts. and more! Bus transportation is available from the Needham Public Schools for an additional cost.
Mayim Tamid ("Mayim Always") is a multi-day afterschool program program which combines the childcare and enrichment programming found in many extended day programs with the rich Jewish learning and community building found in our Mayim program. Each day, children will enjoy playground time, homework time, healthy snack, Hebrew and Jewish learning, and free play.
Children attend Mayim Tamid two, three, four, or five days per week. Mayim Tamid is open Monday through Friday from 2:45-6:00 pm. We require that children enrolled in Mayim Tamid stay until 6:00pm at least one day per week, and until 5:30 or 6:00 pm or a second day per week. For the third, fourth, and fifth days, a 4:00 pm pick-up option is available.
Mayim Tamid follows the Needham Public Schools calendar for opening day, closing day, and school vacations. Mayim Tamid opens early on NPS early release days. Transportation will be provided from all Needham Public Schools at no additional charge.
Mayim B’Yachad (“Mayim Together”) is a new offering that combines the rich Jewish learning and community building found in Mayim with deep learning and relationship-building opportunities for families. Mayim B’Yachad will include child-only, parent-child, parent-only, and whole-family learning experiences:
Children engage in elements of our regular Mayim curriculum, exploring big questions that make Judaism relevant to their daily lives and building relationships with their peers. These sessions will take place on Wednesdays from 1:00-3:00 pm (after Needham Public Schools early release days, about 13 times per year). Busing from the Needham Public Schools is available, as well as “lunch bunch” from 12:30-1:00 pm.
Parents and children will learn together and engage in hands-on projects that bring the Mayim curriculum to life both at TBS and at home. Parent-child sessions will be led by the kindergarten Jewish Learning Guides, with guest appearances by our rabbis and learning program leadership. The sessions are designed for a kindergartener and one (or more) adults together, and they will take place on Sunday afternoons from 2:30-4:30 pm about once per month. These sessions will also include a spirited t'filah (prayer and song) experience.
Parents will join together about 3-4 times throughout the year for adult-level learning about the themes in the kindergarten curriculum. These sessions will support the parent-child learning experience and will allow for relationship-building among adults.
Whole Family Opportunities:
Your whole family will be invited to join us for two Shabbat dinners for the Mayim B’Yachad group. We also encourage families enrolled in Mayim B’Yachad to participate in family programming throughout the year, as well as TBS Family Camp, a weekend of learning and fun for whole families!