The JEC's Curriculum Department has been involved in a number of early childhood projects. One is "Fingerprints: Discovering Jewish Life," an engaging and useful curriculum that merges principles of early childhood education with principles of quality Jewish education.
"Fingerprints" focuses on Jewish holidays from Rosh Hashanah to Shavuot. Each holiday section contains background information (including rituals, customs and related Jewish values) and a myriad of age-appropriate well-organized activity suggestions that bring to life core holiday concepts.
Additionally, three themes are offered (food, birthdays and structures) that provide young children with concrete experiences that leave fingerprints-of-connections to upcoming Jewish holidays (for example, exploring building structures prior to Sukkot or focusing on bread prior to Pesah).
Originally designed for a community preschool, this curriculum is adaptable to other settings; it is best used with children ages 3 and older. This THIRD edition of the curriculum integrates the Ohio Early Learning and Development Standards; educators from states with other standards will still find it useful to their work with children.
For a sample of this curriculum document, click below: