Monday, October 18, 2010

Weekly Plan- Parshas VaYeira

So I found a fabulous weekly planner somewhere in my files. I have no idea where I got it but it looks perfect for us and the way our week goes.

Because we dont have a strict routine, I like this planner because it just highlights what I want to get done. It dosnt matter when or how long each activity takes, but as long as it is done over the week, by Shabbos, then I know I am in good shape!

Now it is just a Theme Planner, meaning that it is planned around the weekly Parshah or Jewish Holiday. It does not include Hebrew Reading or writing, although I would like to incorporate that at one stage. For now, here it is:

And here is a pdf version with clear boxes:

(I usually love color and graphics, but for this planner, I left it pretty simple)

And here is how I filled it in for the week:

Parshas VaYeira

Hachnasas Orchim (Hospitality to guests), Bikur Cholim (Visiting the sick)

Triangle Tent
4 Entrances
3 Malachim
99– age Avraham Briss
100– age Sara gave birth

Hands-on Activity:
Build a tent with 4 entrances, someone pretend to be Avraham with food to offer “guests”

Eat snack inside the tent that is built

Make a Tent out of paper with 4 entrances
Glue real sand to the floor
Make a welcome mat

Discuss ways we can stay healthy, make a chart of healthy and unhealthy foods
Discuss ways that you are and how to be hospitable and host guests

Related Activities:

Discuss North, South, East and West

Make a compass (from


  • Sewing needle, 1 inch long.
  • Small bar magnet (refrigerator magnets may work)
  • A small piece of cork.
  • A small glass or cup of water to float the cork and needle.

    How To Make It

    1. Your compass will work better if you first run a magnet over the needle a few times, always in the same direction. This action 'magnetizes' is to some extent.
    2. Cut off a small circle from one end of the cork, and drive the needle through it, from one end of the circle to the other, instead of through the exact middle
    3. Float the cork and needle in your cup of water so the floating needle lies roughly parallel to the surface of the water.
    4. Place your compass on a still surface and watch what happens. The needle should come to point towards the nearest magnetic pole (north or south as the case may be)
    5. If you want to experiment further, try placing a magnet near your compass and watch what happens.


    The earth produces a magnetic field. This field, although weak, is sufficient to align iron and other paramagnetic compounds such as your needle within it. By floating the needle on the cork, you let it rotate freely so it can orient itself within the earth's magnetic field, to point toward the north or south poles of the planet.
  • Books:

    Hope someone finds this somewhat helpful!

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