Bim and Bom
Bim and Bom, lead characters in the children’s book "Bim and Bom: A Shabbat Tale," by Daniel Swartz, which is one of the books circulated to more than 1,000 local children through the PJ Library(R) for the Greater Palm Beaches, made the first stop of their 17- site tour as a component of the Commission for Jewish Education’s (CJE) Traveling Curriculum Project. They spent their last few weeks at Temple Beth David in Palm Beach Gardens.
“Temple Beth David welcomed Bim and Bom at Friday's Preschool Shabbat celebration, where they participated in Shabbat by helping with blessings and songs" said temple Preschool Director Bobbi Sadow. "Now the characters and the resources created by CJE will travel to each preschool classroom.”
According to CJE Director of Professional Development Robyn Hurvitz, the project-based learning approach used with the Traveling Curriculum has the potential to "take teaching from ordinary to extraordinary, inviting a classroom of learners, together with the teacher, to focus on what they’re interested in learning. There is a great deal of collaborative planning, investigations, and the completion of a project that allows students to acquire and apply many skills. In this case, the projects relate to the values and lessons in this popular children’s book.”
This year, the Traveling Curriculum will be expanded to include kindergarten through Grade Two Hebrew language and religious school classes. Teachers and CJE professionals worked together over the summer to develop an age-appropriate curriculum for the religious schools. Facilitating teacher involvement in developing and implementing the curriculum are experts from NOVA Southeastern University and the CJE professional staff.
Hurvitz adds, “It's gratifying to observe the continuation and implementation of CJE’s summer professional development sessions on Project Based Learning. We are seeing teachers’ excitement in taking what they learned and creating projects for their schools. They are building upon the educational experience they gained at CJE sessions and following through. The Traveling Curriculum is a perfect example of what CJE does best – merging of creative talent and educational expertise. Rather than just being a series of individual lesson plans, CJE’s Traveling Curriculum provides a context for learning that can be integrated into many learning environments.”
The Commission for Jewish Education of the Palm Beaches serves as a connector of ideas, people and institutions in order to strengthen Jewish education in the community. The focus of CJE’s work is to create and strengthen the gateways where families and individuals can participate in the beauty of Jewish life, with an emphasis on helping them enjoy a seamless continuum of Jewish experiences in their homes, in the community and within our Jewish educational system.
Call the CJE at 561.640.0700 or visit the CJE website, www.cjepb.org for more information on CJE’s services to area early childhood centers and religious schools.