What is the goal of Jewish education? Is it to fill students' brains with Jewish knowledge? Or is it to fill their hearts and souls with Jewish values?
Jewish educators across the denominational spectrum envision not just a student possessing a particular body of knowledge, but a type of person with particular traits and proclivities, a person grounded in, and engaged with, his or her community and society, whose actions are guided not by transient mores but rather by a lasting value system based on a vision of meaning and purpose.
Educators are increasingly being called upon to help students develop the skills needed for social, emotional, and spiritual development as well as to provide opportunities for students to practice the use of these skills and to integrate them into a sense of self. Innovative efforts have been undertaken by Jewish educators to promote outcomes in the intra- and inter-personal realms. The goal of this volume is to bring these efforts together to provide an overview of what is happening, what is possible, and what might be learned from the experiences of these educators.
My Jewish World: An Early Childhood Music Curriculum (Book/CD set)
Music can be a wonderfully effective teaching tool for preschool aged children. My Jewish World guides teachers through the process of introducing and utilizing song in the classroom to teach Jewish values.
In her comprehensive and easy to follow book, Judy Caplan Ginsburgh includes twenty-six songs, religious and secular, that will help to facilitate an environment of fun and learning. Each song addresses important Jewish concepts and many use Hebrew words and prayers. Judy provides comments, activities, and creative ideas, specific for each song, which can be used in the classroom to learn about being Jewish every day. The importance of saying the Sh'ma each morning, learning the Hebrew words for colors, understanding body parts, and the value of cooperation are only some of the Jewish concepts touched on in the book.
In addition, Judy Ginsburgh includes a list of suggested books for many of the topics. These books help to reinforce and expand the lessons laid out in the curriculum.
With a helpful glossary of Hebrew and Yiddish terms and the companion music CD, My Jewish World is a wonderful guide to making music significant in the Jewish classroom.