When students actually experience some of the concepts they are learning about through hands-on science experiments, studies have shown that it changes how they process information and leads to a deeper understanding and better knowledge of the concepts explored.
This was certainly the case for the students in the CAHAL HAFTR sixth grade class. Not only did they learn more, but they also had a wonderful time participating and explaining their experiments to dozens of visitors.
Under the guidance of their teacher, Justin Lepolstat, the girls worked in teams to research their topic, develop a hypothesis and present their experiments and conclusions on topics including the effects of melting ice in the North and South Pole, what melts ice the fastest, and floating and sinking in water. The girls worked cooperatively both in school and at home to develop and complete their projects.
CAHAL, the local yeshiva-based and sponsored community program for children with learning challenges, now in its 24th year, provides smaller, more individualized classes in the local yeshivas. CAHAL caters to each child’s learning styles, and its students attend mainstream activities daily, including lunch, recess, assemblies, trips and more. When ready, children attend mainstream academic classes as well, with support from CAHAL to ensure success.