Boys from Cheder Darchai Limud completed their Chumash test and were rewarded with a trip to Funtopia USA enjoying laser tag, indoor playground and bumper cars.
Cheder Darchai Limud, directed by Rabbi Yehuda Adelist, is a learning enhancement program located at 580 Crown St Shul, servicing elementary boys from Crown Heights’ schools after lunch.
CDL operates similar to a resource room, only as a full program targeting all core subjects at once teaching the boys the skills they need to thrive throughout their mainstream yeshiva. According to one parent, “This was a terrific option for my son. He went from persistent failure to becoming an outstanding student in a matter of 2 years and is now fully mainstreamed. Darchai Limud gave him the confidence and skills to succeed in his mainstream yeshiva.”
Often it happens that boys join thinking that the learning will be easier than their mainstream school. Although this is true on the surface as the learning is catered to their current level, in reality, much effort is demanded from the boys. With time, they learn skills, become empowered, and discover that they become less reliant on their teacher than many of their peers who never needed a learning enhancement program.
The trips which do not cost the children or their parents are earned for the work that they complete. “This is a key ingredient in our program,” says Rabbi Adelist. “The children feel a strong sense of accomplishment upon mastering a specific amount of material and gaining a set of skills. The trips set a goal and recognition to reaching that goal.”