The Mussar for Children Program is now available for purchase! This program integrates Jewish values with classroom and family activities, directed discussions and more. This program is easily incorporated into school programs pairing the middot (plural of middah, or soul-traits) with Jewish holidays and festivals. Middot the children will be exploring with their teachers are forgiveness, patience, friendship, trust, silence, responsibility, courage, generosity and kindness. This program is the only one of its kind geared to children ages 3 to 8 years.
Mussar for Children encourages an inquiry-based approach in which cooperative, child-initiated learning promotes the children’s spiritual and ethical development. The program provides a starting point for creating awareness and encouraging reflection and ongoing discovery.
This program includes:
- Family Introductory Letter
- Teacher Introduction Letter
- Information on how to purchase or create a program mascot
A Scroll with the middah written in English, Hebrew and transliteration reinforces the idea that each middah was received long ago and has been passed down to us.
An introduction describing the middah and ways to incorporate it into family life which can be included in the school newsletter or sent home to parents.
Classroom Connection Activity for children to explore what the middahmeans.
Questions in a Jar Activity for stimulating class discussion about the middah.
Self-Awareness/Reflection Activity for children to personally relate to the middah.
Self-Awareness/Reflection Page for children to create a page for each middah which could be turned into a book at the end of the year.
Letter to Families for keeping parents involved and helping them reinforce the values at home.
Book List relating to the middah for helping parents and teachers choose books that foster continued discussion and reinforcement of the middah.
Home Connection: Family Discussion Activity for providing an opportunity for families to have discussions and engage in activities to experience the middah together.
Mendel the Mensch and his sister Mindel are a child-size puppets that can join you in the classroom when each new middah is introduced. Information on how to purchase or create your own mascot is included. The children experience Mendel or Mindel as the messenger who brings them the values (middot) from revered Jewish sources. The children are always excited to see the puppets, knowing that whenever one of them visits, a new value to explore and practice is included, along with books to read, a much-loved “Questions in a Jar” activity and more.