Learning from the Kibbutz
Publication Date: January 2008
Publisher(s): Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education
Author(s): Shira Ackerman Simchovitz
Series: Creating Quality Jewish Environments for Early Childhood, vol. 6
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Children; Education; Pre-schools
The author shares three of the most significant childhood education memories of kibbutz raised young adults: the daily field trip around the kibbutz; playing in the junkyard playground; and the communal festival celebrations. She notes that these, and many other aspects of kibbutz early childhood education, are rooted in an image of the child who is competent and able, who can and does fully participate in the life that goes on around him, but in ways that are suited to his needs and development. She challenges the reader to consider how this way of thinking and being may be adapted to a Diaspora early childhood setting.