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Connecting Kids to Nature and Creation

The Jewish Education Project
The Jewish Education Project is a beneficiary of UJA-Federation of New York

Shariee Calderone

On May 13th from 2:30-3:30 The Jewish Education Project is bringing another great webinar to the early childhood community…

Jewish Early Learning Experiences Inspired by Nature

Our presenters are Morris Panitz and Lisa Bodziner of the Pearlstone Center…

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I had the benefit of meeting Lisa and Morris at last year’s conference. Both are passionate and experienced Jewish educators who love creating Jewish environmental experiences for educators, families, and children.

So it was a fitting match when I asked Lisa and Morris if they’d like to put together a webinar for us extending the conversations we’ve been having through In-site-ful Journeys around outdoor classrooms. Lisa and Morris will share with us the programs they provide year-round including their family farm days. They’ll also give us a virtual walk through of their children’s garden. And last but not least, everyone wants to know what they can do now to bring nature experiences to their students with a Jewish connection. To this end they’ll walk us through two different activities that connect kids to nature and Torah linking language, Jewish values, discovery, and history together.

They will also give us a sneak peak into this year’s conference which has expanded to include educators from both day school and congregational school settings. Let other educators and colleagues know!

Nevatim Conference at Pearlstone

But have no fear, early childhood experiences are still being woven into the conference and given the excitement around developing outdoor classrooms, I have no doubt that there will be a strong contingency of early childhood educators attending this year!

Here are a few of my favorite pictures from last year’s conference:

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The photo to the left is of Miriam Miller from the Reconstructionist Temple of the North Shore, Plandome, NY entering the Irvine Nature Preschool, a field trip that is built into the conference experience.

And here’s a link to a video I took early one morning:

We welcome any questions you’d like to ask the presenters or any links to your own outdoor spaces in the comments box below. 🙂


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