A New Program to Connect Family During Social Distancing

A New Program to Connect Family During Social Distancing

I am glad so many families in grades K-2 are enjoying the games and activities-based curriculum shared by ShalomLearning earlier this month called, “The Tribe.” I originally created this program for “tribe-size” gatherings of families before joining ShalomLearning’s Board of Directors. With the current pandemic, I  modified the activities for individual family use at home.

COVID-19 has created an urgent need for physical distancing, making it more important than ever to connect socially with family and friends. I’m excited to share a new program for K-2 families to use at home: Living Jewish Values. This program creates an additional opportunity for families to “check-in” for virtual, intergenerational values exploration and storytelling visits regularly with grandparents, aunts, and uncles, cousins, and anyone else you care about who may be feeling isolated.

Research by Emory psychologists, Dr. Marshall Duke and Dr. Robyn Fivush, has shown that children raised with family stories that give them a sense of being part of something bigger–an “intergenerational sense of self”-show increased resilience, less anxiety, fewer behavior problems, higher self-esteem, greater family cohesiveness, and improved chances of good educational outcomes.  

As my Grandma Rose used to say: “Use it in good health!”

 

Five Easy Steps to Get Started

  1. Let your family/friends know you want them to join you in “Living Jewish Values.” Contact a family member/friend to let them know about the program and the first value “Welcoming Guests.”  Ask your relative/friend to think of a 2-3 minute family story to share about the value.
  2.  Watch the video about the value with your child(ren) about an hour before the scheduled call with the storyteller.
  3. Discuss the video with your child(ren). Please follow your natural curiosity or use our provided prompts.
  4. Have the scheduled call with your family or friend and child(ren).
  5. Process the video call with your child(ren). Answer questions, provide additional background or reframing and discuss connections between family stories on the call and the video.

 

Get started today with this lesson about Welcoming Guests: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Od-P4b4TjEj3M7LdJRFDCFgAIKNXmGCzRABVZvEWmmE/edit?usp=sharing 

If you have questions or suggestions about this program, please be in touch with me at: Arinne@ToStrength.com.

Arinne Braverman

About Arinne Braverman

Arinne serves as Secretary on the board of ShalomLearning. She has over 15 years of experience designing and coordinating youth programs and working in the Jewish community. Arinne formed From Strength to Strength in 2018 to create and launch The Tribe. Previously, Arinne served as the Executive Director of Northeastern University Hillel and Director of Regional Student Services for Hillel Council of New England. Ms. Braverman is the recipient of the Torchbearer Award from Synagogue Council (2016), the Israel Educator Award from the Office of the Consul General of Israel to New England (2015), and the Richard M. Joel Exemplar of Excellence Award from Hillel International (2014).