Teaching about the Jewish holidays is an essential part of every Jewish early childhood program, and engaging in hands-on craft projects is a favorite practice. But so many families have the same chanukiot or Purim graggers from each of their children socked away somewhere in a box. BJE’s Early Childhood Educators Network brought in Michael Fritzen, Program Manager for PJ Library, to lead a fun session on taking different approaches to teaching and celebrating Jewish holidays in the classroom.
Michael is a seasoned nonprofit professional, with expertise in arts and education programming, and has partnered with BJE to lead a number of programs for educators and families, including past BJE community service learning events.
Michael explained, “The program offers educators a wealth of new ideas, resources, and tools that will inspire them to rethink the hands-on activities they are offering children in regard to Jewish holidays and values.”
Teachers were excited to spend an hour rethinking and recreating traditional holiday crafts – from cut and paste to creative, open-ended, memorable Jewish value-inspired keepsakes.
For more information, contact Carly Rosenstein, BJE Early Childhood Education Specialist.