This book and guide is designed to facilitate an experiential learning opportunity for students on the topic of the siddur. This means that (1) most activities are done in groups, (b) these tasks are creative and involve cooperation, and (3) the experiences facilitated by the book should be fun and self-motivating. The experiences are built into the book, and the text that exists supports those activities. The activities are located with a yellow button on each page. The text in the book will give you and the students a good idea of what you are going to do. This teacher’s guide will explain how to do it.
John Dewey, the father of experiential education, makes it clear that an experience doesn’t work as education without reflection. Beginning in Chapter 3 (where we start studying prayers), reflection is part of every activity. These activities are placed next to the blue buttons. They give students a chance to relate the themes of each prayer to their own experience. Here is where they find personal meaning in the prayers. This is an important part of the learning.