A Little Bit More Far than Mexico: How 3- and 4- year old Jewish children understand Israel 3-15-21 Done - Shared screen with speaker view
Shalom from Debbie Moukit - Gan Shelanu - Newton
Laurel Fisher from the Dallas JCC, I hang out with PreK kiddos.
Cherene Radis Moriah ECC in Deerfield
Aileen Landau - Gan Aliyah in Needham, MA
Sasha Kopp from The Jewish Education Project
Stephanie Lerner- Temple Shir Tikva ELC, Wayland MA
hi Nancy Manewith BJE-ECC Chicago
Julie Mednick-Simmons Z Frank Apachi Northbrook
Sharon Sherry, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washingtion
Rebecca Gautieri Berman Hebrew Academy Preschool, Rockville, MD
Alana Lebovitz BJE-ECC Northbrook
Hello ALL! Lucy Banerji
Temple Shalom Nursery School in Newton MA
Jessica Robins, Mandel JCC (toddlers through Pre-K) in Cleveland
Ray Sherman Director of Early Childhood Education at the JCYS in Wicker Par Chicago
Oh my goash—pages and pages of transcripts!
—Israel as a country; as a uniquely Jewish place; how children feel about Israel
Had all of these children travelled abroad at some point in their lives?
What were the ages of the children you interviewed?
(3 and 4)
(They were in the threes or fours class)
They will name their toys after it
Elsa and Anna
The LOVE their family. They want to be with them and not be apart from them
They draw pictures of it.
they jump up and down, eyes light up, huge smile, perhaps laughter
eyes light up
Dress up like princesses
It looks like loud voices and big movements
Loud excitement. Jumping up and down
They want to listen to the soundtrack constantly
Their faces light up when they encounter the loved object/person/story etc
Talk about it all the time!
Dinosaurs - toys!
Play it on the playground
volcano - know and share lots of facts about it
talk about it all of the time
Talk about it all the time
Act it out
repeat it repeat it repeat it
have as birthday themes
Want to be the princesses
they describe every detail…
they share every fact, story that relates, items that relate
talk about their relationship to it, e.g., "I went there", "my cousin lives there"
Transfer to ALL areas
(Or Elsa pjs!)
use it for nap time
Had any of the kids ever been to Israel and did they give different responses? Or, do any of them have close relatives there, such as grandparents?
—Sinclair et al say: When ppl learn about Israel, they move from being lo-res to hi-res (fuzzy to more focused and details); AND they also move from not being connected to Israel to being very connected.
—In this matrix, people head for top right-hand corner—lot of knowledge and lot of connection.
—In Israel Ed, there has been the idea that someone should learn to love Israel and then they will want to learn more. Sinclair et al suggested that the process is about a little of one growth and a little of the other.
What did we see?
What explains the decrease?
We saw children with high resolution but connection was low.
We imagine this first step as a chrysalis phase. (It goes in only one direction, creating knowledge, before the butterfly)
Our theory, emerging from the study, is that Jewish ECE children are creating knowledge a great deal during these years. And then transforms into a relationship that involves connection.
I am curious how young children understand time - particularly related to the stories. Do they understand an idea of an “ancient Israel” and a “modern Israel?”
Yes! Great point!
Will the research continue?
I'm curious, were the children interviewed individually or in groups?
I live here and I don't always get it!
I would be happy to share with the researchers the work that we did in DC with this topic if there is interest.
I'd like to comment as well/
I feel that the world is getting smaller in the sense that travel is easy and our children are becoming citizens of the world. Do you think this has an effect on this age? 3-4 yrs?
Mara, we'd always love to learn more! I'll send you our email address
Jean we did both individually and in groups
Yes, feel free to use the chat to share about other investigations you've done in your schools and/or what you know and think about all of this!
Thank you all for sharing your experience and research!
Thank you! This was fascinating to hear about and I am so grateful that you could be here to share with our community!