Friday, December 31, 2010

My Jewish ABC's!

Here's a little something I made for my munchkins-
The Jewish ABC's... you can make it into a book or laminate and cut them out and make flash cards.
Either way, enjoy and have a great Shabbos!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Parshas VaAira- first 7 Makos (plagues)

While I know the East coast is getting its fair share of snow storms, we, here in the tropics, had a very cloudy day today- and when every day is hot and sunny, a cloudy day calls for hot cocoa, snuggling on the couch with a nice thick blanket and mommy reading from The Little Midrash Says all about this weeks parshah, Parshas VaAira.

After reading about the first 7 plagues in my most dramatic voice (the kids were at the edge of their seats and upon finishing the parshah begged me to keep reading into next weeks parshah:) we did a little project-

We took a hanging folder and made 10 squares. In each square we made each plague in order (we will do the last 3 next week).

Check it out:
Here it is in more detail:
Wild Animals
Cattle Disease

And that's our project for today! And we are thinking of those of you in the snow:)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Puddle Jumping!

Ok, I am officially the COOLEST mom EVER:)

It rained all day today, until about 3pm when it suddenly cleared up completely. The kids were going a bit stir crazy from being in the house all day so we decided to take a little trip to the park down the street since it was now warm and sunny outside (we live in the tropics).

As we pile out of the car, my big guy takes a running leap and goes flying into a huge puddle, splashing everyone! My first instinct was to reprimand him, but the next thing I knew, the words, "ok guys, lets go puddle jumping!" came out of my mouth!

My goodness, the giggles, the squeals of delight as they jumped from puddle to puddle- I dont think there is any amusement park or anything out there that could have gotten the absolute and utter fun and enjoyment these kids were having:)

After about 30 minutes, I decided we need to close it up so everyone marched back to the car, soaked and covered with mud. I am just so sorry I didn't have my camera with me:(

As we arrived home, my husband pulled in only to see a bunch of wet muddy kids... with the biggest smiles on their faces:)

"I guess its bath time!" he smiled.

So once in a while, its pretty awesome to let kids REALLY be kids~

Have a good one!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Alef Bet Bingo Give-Away! and Botany with Nancy Larson and Shabbat Activity Pack

Yes, its been a while, but life gets busy as we all know and I have finally found a few moments to blog-

So lets start of with the fun stuff!

I am making an Alef Bet Bingo giveaway to one lucky reader!

Aleph Bet Bingo plays like a conventional bingo game, but used the Hebrew aleph bet. Cobines two games in one: Aleph-to-Lamed and "Aleph-to-Tof."
Ages 3+, 2 to 14 players.

Here's how to enter!
You can do one or all of the following, but let me know which ones so I can enter you in the drawing~
1- Subscribe to my blog
2- Tell one other person about this giveaway (tweet, FB, your blog etc.)
3- Tell me one or more fun ways you teach the Hebrew Letters /Hebrew Reading to your kids

Drawing will be held next Sunday, December 26th and will be picked via and I will post the winner that night-

Good Luck!

Now, this is what we have been up to lately:

We are keeping up with the weekly Parshah using My Parshah Reader and The Little Midrash Says. We practice our Herbrew Reading using the Osios book as well as the Siddur. We have done a few Parshah projects which I have not taken photos yet, but will post when I do-

Since TuBishvat is a few weeks away, we have begun learning about plants and trees. We are using the Nancy Larson Science kit that was sent to us for Review which is just so fabulous. I know she prefers the unit to be studied in the order that she has put it in which makes perfect sense, but the type of homeschool that we do, it just works for us to do the different subjects at certain times-

The kit comes with an entire unit on Botany, including a bag with pine cones, a tree cookie with a looking glass and 3 great books on trees: Peterson First Guide to Trees,Trees to Paper and The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree which the kids love. There is also a booklet on Botany as well as review worksheets. It is done in such a simple, well thought out way that it was a pleasure to teach and the kids were so engaged, they just loved it!

Here are a few books and a CD that we will be reading and listening to over the next few weeks:

I know its early, but it works for us right now:) We live in a tropical climate and so we took a walk through the neighborhood the other day looking for a Deciduous tree... boy, if only I had known what a mission that would become! We finally found a peach tree in someones yard and managed to pick up a few colored leaves to make a project with for fall- but the rest of the neighborhood is filled with Evergreens!

This week we will do some bark rubbings and looking at the difference between trees and shrubs. I hope to post some pictures of our adventures~

Oh, and before I forget, here is a fun Shabbat Activity Pack I made for my munchkins- feel free to print it out for yours!

Wishing all a wonderful week,

Monday, December 6, 2010

Some more Chanukah activities and Planning and Preparing

Here are a few more Chanukah activities that we have been doing over the past few days:

Made a dreidel out of ICE by pouring water into a plastic dreidle that usually comes with candy inside- the little guy really got a kick out of trying to spin it since it was so cold:)

We then made a Menorah out of Legos, he did this all by himself, very proud mama!
And here is our human dreidle!

And last but not least, Chanukah cookies!

Suri at asked me how I find time to prepare all the things we do-
So I figured I would turn it into a post, maybe it could be useful to others!

The truth is, I would love to say that I have a planner and sit down every week and make a plan for the week- but I don't. We have alot going on in our busy lives with some very unpredictable little ones at home and so I found a system that really works for us right now- this is it:

Every Sunday I fill the drawers with new activities and worksheets that I either made or from the Jewish curriculum resources on the side bar that I listed.

Then as the week goes by, I will refill them with new things. Its a nice way to organize, kind of a tweak on the Workbox system.

We also do ALOT of things spur of the moment, like baking and projects, games, etc.

I think that as the kids get older I will have a more organized schedule and curriculum, but for now, this really works for us!
Wishing all a happy last days of Chanukah!

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