What a great day at my schools for Simchat Torah!
Torahs, colorful flags, my music, ECC kids getting excited to be on the bima looking at the beautiful Torahs dressed in the colorful covers again.
I took my Torah to the second school of the day, and after each group had their Tot Shabbat, I explained what the Torah is and let them touch the outside of the scroll and the rollers/rods. As well I taught them the Hebrew and English terminology for the different parts for example: yad, etzei chayim, ivrit, etc.
After we were done with that part of the lesson, I laid out the Torah real nice and had the children do the hakafot around the table while I played the music changing up the different activities with each hakafa (circuit) around the Torah. We danced, ran, jumped, marched, walked, and more. The kids had a blast and I was so happy that I took the Torah in.
No matter how young the children are, many of whom do not go to synagogue/temple, can say they saw a Torah when/if they get that exposure again. G-d willing they do or they will.
I am exhausted, but feeling good about the day. Time to set the table for Shabbat and get dinner going before running to conduct services.
Chag Sameach and Shabbat Shalom!