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Dramatic play is an integral part of early childhood education. At Slater Torah Academy's Jewish Preschool of the Arts, we take dramatic play very seriously because we know that children learn best through play! Our JPOA classes change their dramatic play centers as the year progresses in order to teach important lessons through play. This type of play also empowers children, helping them to process and express their own thoughts about various experiences in their lives. Over the years, the Chickadees dramatic play center has been everything from a palace to a tent, a veterinarian office and a grocery store.

As the holiday of Pesach is around the corner, the Chickadees transformed their dramatic play center into a Matzah bakery complete with a special matzah oven, rolling pins, flour, water, aprons and hats. The students are having a great time baking their own Matzah. When they eat the Matzah at their Seders on Pesach, it will be an especially meaningful experience for them because of their experiences at Jewish Preschool of the Arts.