Teaching Children about Respect (Kavod)

A Shaboom! Discussion and Activity Guide for 4-7 Year-Olds and Their Parents

Papa Plony is obsessed with beating the Baloney family in the annual relay race. But when Yasmin flakes out on practice, and a new team member shows up with an unexpected physical difference - he panics. SHABOOM! The Sparks come to the rescue with incredible magic, including an upside-down rainbow ramp, a giant stuffed animal and a lesson in showing kavod, or respect. Watch and find out who wins the race. Kol hakavod!



Follow Up Questions 

  •  Papa did not think Lila could run the race because she is too small. Have you ever wanted to do something but a grown-up said you’re too small? 
  • Do you or somebody you know need help getting from one place to another like Levi?
  • Why do you think Papa was happy even when his team did not win the race?


Related Activities 

  • Say “Kol hakavod” when a child, or an adult, does something well.
  • Be open to situations where children of differing abilities are brought together. Model behavior that teaches children to be accepting and thus give kavod/respect to everyone.
  • Even though it may not be Hanukkah, read the book Jeremy’s Dreidel with your child, student, grandchild, niece or nephew. 


For Parents: What’s Jewish About Teaching Children Respect?


This Shaboom! episode gently introduces the topic of inclusion. The Union for Reform Judaism is partnering with the Ruderman Family Foundation to ensure that every synagogue should be a House of Prayer for All Children.