We are now into Torah Portion Va’era! Here are the scriptures for this week:
Another wonderful addition to their series on teaching the Torah portion to their children each week. Thank you Mark and Teresa Sommers!
Aharon put out his hand over the waters of Egypt, and the frogs came up and covered the land of Egypt. But the magicians did the same with their secret arts and brought up frogs onto the land of Egypt. Then Pharaoh summoned Moshe and Aharon and said “Intercede with Adonai to take the frogs away from me and my people, and I will let the people go and sacrifice to Adonai” Exodus 8:2-4 (8:6-8 in some english translations)
We made a frog by carving a honeydew melon and mini cucumbers for the legs. The eyes were a couple of jawbreakers and cut up cucumbers. The tongue was a sour candy strip. We also made a few more frogs using kiwi instead of honeydew.
We talked with the kids about the power of Adonai. Who will answer our plea for help when we need it? Pharaohs’ magicians had the ability to imitate Gods power; bringing frogs from the waters the same way Aharon did. But they could not remove the frogs to get relief from what was going on. They could not save themselves.The frogs were relentless and everywhere. We can get ourselves into situations that are very uncomfortable and difficult to handle. Things will have gone beyond our control and we need His Mighty hand to save us. It is so comforting to know that Adonai has no equal, and there is no one like Him, and that he does pay attention to our cries.
Hello there! Looks like I had a lot of catching up to do!
For the last part of December, there was not a lot of formal homeschooling going on. From 12/24 to the end of the year, we were pretty busy. We had a birthday, a birthday party and a New Years party to plan for, so each day pretty much consisted of this:
- Reading their current choice of book
- Bible lesson, video and copywork that went this it
- Playing Ticket to Ride (their new game)
- Helping in the planning and cooking for the birthday, and both parties
- Reading and perusing through books from our “Home Library”.
- A game of Sci-ology or Apples to Apples
That brings us to January!
1/1 – 1/2 – Dad was off, so we were too!
Thursday 1/3 -
- The kids finished their “ABC’s of the Solar System” that they have been working on. See here for a link to that.
- Dailygrammar.com – each spent 20 minutes doing level appropriate lessons
- Once again, Ticket to Ride
- Read from “What the Bible says about Healthy Living”
- Draw Write Now – each of them do this. You can adjust the level of work depending on skill and age. For instance, my oldest usually does additional research for his chosen picture he has sketched. The younger will draw the picture according to the instructions, then write anywhere from 7-10 sentences about their topic.
- They each wrote a letter to a person of their choice.
- Map basics
- 2 lessons in their Math workbooks
- UNO math game – 3 different matches
- Beakers Science video on Youtube
Friday January 4
- Read independently
- Hebrew sight words
- Review of Hebrew lesson
- Copywork of the current Torah portion
- Created a visual aid for Math, they each made one according to what they are struggling with
- Reviewed areas of struggle some more
- Game of Grocery store math
- Vocab rock-n-roll
- Reviewed a few Math poems that I found on Pinterest
- “Highlights of 2012″ assignment
That about wraps it up for now. I am looking forward to getting back to a better schedule this next week.
Until then…….Have a wonderful week!
Again, a little behind with this weeks posts, so here goes with Parsha Shemot!
This Torah portion records the change of events for the Jewish people. It has been several hundred years between this portion and the last portion. Since than, a new Pharaoh is in town and he no longer sees the Jews as an asset, but as a bother and a threat. He devises a plan to destroy the Jewish people. He assigns the grueling task of building the pyramids for Pharaoh, but it seems to backfire on him. It doesn’t seem to break the Jewish people, it makes them stronger.
So, he devises another plan, to kill off all of the newborn males that were born to Hebrew women. He commands two Hebrew midwives to seek and kill each new baby boy who is born in their care:
15 And the king of Egypt spake to the Hebrew midwives, of which the name of the one was Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah: 16 And he said, When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools; if it be a son, then ye shall kill him: but if it be a daughter, then she shall live. 17 But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive.
Although, this also backfires, as well:
18 And the king of Egypt called for the midwives, and said unto them, Why have ye done this thing, and have saved the men children alive? 19 And the midwives said unto Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively, and are delivered ere the midwives come in unto them.
That brings us to a very well know account in the Bible. The account of Moses! During this time of danger for newborns, a mother was hiding her newborn baby boy. She hid him for 3 months, for he was mild and quiet. She knew that it wasn’t long before she would be caught, so she came up with a plan to save him, to provide him more for his life. In a handmade woven basket, this mother settles her baby in the basket, and sends him down river. She also sends her older daughter along to watch the basket and to report where it ends up.
Where the basket ends up is in the hands of the Pharaoh’s daughter. She was bathing in the Nile, and saw the basket. Just then, Moses’ sister appeared and offered to fetch a nurse to care for the baby. That nurse was in fact Moses very own mother. What joy! She was able to nurse the baby until it was time to wean, then he was onto the palace to begin his life as the Pharaoh’s daughters son.
Just a fun cartoon I saw:
Ok, onto a recipe!
Later on in the Portion:
11 And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren. 12 And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.
Moses then fled Egypt from those who sought his life for the death of the Egyptian. He came to the land of Midian where he dwelled. After some time being there, he took a bride, who bore him a son, and he became the caretaker of his father-in-law flock. As he was out in the mountains with his flock:
Exodus 3:1 Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. 2 And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.”
This is where Moses received the revelation from God.
There is so much more to be devoured in this portion. God’s Word is so rich!
That is it for now, I will be posting soon with Parsha Va’era! Until then, take a bite out of the Torah Portion and enjoy!
I am a little behind right now, but here it is anyway. Torah Portion Shemot:
We have finished up with Genesis and now are onto Exodus! The verses for this week are:
Here is the yummy food craft that our friends The Sommers came up with for Parsha Shemot:
But Pharaoh replied, “Who is Adonai, that I should obey when he says to let Israel go? I don’t know Adonai, and I also won’t let Israel go.” Exodus 5:2
We made Pharaoh’s headdress by carving out a pineapple and using candy roll ups and a gummy snake for decoration. Jelly beans for Pharaoh’s collar.
We talked with the kids about the famous fatal words of Pharaoh. Even in the highest of places wisdom can escape you. Pharaoh had all the money and power anyone could dream of but he was lacking the most precious thing, knowledge of Adonai. We are surrounded by people who don’t know Adonai, and like Pharaoh there are people who will bitterly stand against Him and His principles. They will not obey Him and they will not submit to Him. We must remain steadfast and not be deterred and continue in our pursuit of Truth and diligently seek the Lords instruction.
Torah Portion Vayechi!
In this weeks portion, Jacob’s life is ending. He calls for Joseph to come to him, making Joseph promise to bury him in the cave of Machpelah, and Joseph agrees. Sometime later, Joseph learns that his father is sick and goes to visit him, taking with him both Ephraim and Manasseh. Before blessing the boys, Jacob makes a declaration that Ephraim and Manasseh would, from now on, be considered his own sons. Genesis 48:5 “And now your two sons, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, are mine; Ephraim and Manasseh shall be mine, as Reuben and Simeon are.” This was a double portion for Joseph!
Then, Joseph took his boys to Jacob’s bedside to be blessed. He first prayed that God would bless the boys and let them grow into a multitude, as fish in the midst of the Land!
“And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day,
16 The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.
Then Jacob blessed the boys, however he switched his right hand from the oldest, Manasseh, to be placed on Ephraim, the younger. Meaning the blessing of the firstborn would be foing to the younger, Ephraim. Joseph questioned him, but Jacob insisted that it was ok, he knew what he was doing. Jacob reassured Joseph that both boys would be great, however, Ephraim would be greater.
Jacob then calls for his sons to come to his side for their blessing. Some were told of their greatness and some of their sin. They were told of their role they would carry within the Tribes of Israel.
The portion continues on, take a look at Hebrews for Christians website for more!
So, onto the food! The recipes this week center around the blessings.
First up: Fish – in reference to Jacobs prayer for the descendants of Ephraim and Manasseh to grow into multitudes, like fish in the midst of the Land!
In honor of “Jacob’s Angel” whom he spoke of in Genesis 48:16
Sangria – In honor of Judah! Part of his blessing was:
11 Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass’s colt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes
12 His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk.
Judah’s future was sweet…….and so is SANGRIA! A non-alcoholic Sangria with sweet grapes that is.
Lastly, I searched a little for this one. It involves Asher’s blessing.
20 Out of Asher his bread shall be fat, and he shall yield royal dainties.
Now, there are many different translations on this. Some say “rich food” some say bread. I vote for the one that says bread!
So, my recipe is to make bread fit for a King!
It’s English Muffin bread, with a recipe calling for King Arthur flour. I know, it’s a serious stretch. But, I like it. It’s bread.
That is all I have for this week! Enjoy devouring scripture and the tasty bites to go along with it.
Blessings to you!
It sure felt good getting back to a regular routine after the busyness of Hanukkah! We had a wonderful week filled with a variety of learning! Here is what it looked like:
Usually we like to attempt some sort of learning on Sunday, it is SUCH an awesome opportunity! Like many other dads, my husband is here all day, which opens the door for spontaneous teaching and learning moments! However, this Sunday, we were out-of-town visiting family.
As always, we begin each day with breakfast and chores, then we hit the “books”!
- We also listen to the recap at challahcrumbs.com on their Kids Podcast for each Parsha. Also, on the same site, we review the portion with their “TEN” questions.
- Math – We did the “Number of the Day” activity twice, and a couple of games of Math bingo.
- The younger kids watched Magic School Bus “Lost in Space”, followed by:
- Discussion questions and vocabulary review found here: Magic School Bus
- For my older son, we have a great video by Answers in Genesis about the Solar System that he watched.
- Reviewed with the kids a good way to remember the order of the planets here.
- I started a new activity with the kids this week. It’s called the “ABC’s of _____”. It depends on your topic. I know, it sounds really juvenile with the term “ABC”. However, I assure you it is not. Any age group can use it, all the way to High School. The “ABC’s” of Calculus, or Chemistry, etc. This is the website that I found this ingenious idea!
- This week, we did the “ABC’s” of the Solar System. The kids each researched a term/word for each letter of the alphabet, A-Z, as well as defining it. They had all of our books at their disposal for their research. It was a little harder than they thought it would be. I asked them to use words and terms that were not common, like using Pluto for the letter “P”. Today they completed letters A-G.
- I showed them the book “E is for Evergreen” (Washington State). It is a book series that has an “ABC” format for each of the States. I thought it would help them understand the concept, plus the littler ones enjoyed the book being read to them. (Something that I really need to work on doing more).
- After that, they wrote their weekly letter to a friend or family member.
- We started our exploration of Modern Day Dinosaur sightings. So, we followed a recommendation of our friend and checked out the website Forbidden History. They have some great videos to watch on this fascinating topic.
- We began our day with a good dose of reading. The kids were blessed with new books from their Mimi and they dug right in!
- Then we played a “Parts of Speech” game that we have, followed up with several Schoolhouse Rock videos that we love.
- Each of the kids chose a leader in history to explore. They did a quick biography of that person and presented it to the teachers (my husband and I). Julia chose Queen Elizabeth I, Kolby chose Napoleon and Benny chose Alexander the Great. We have some awesome books and they were able to gather information from those, for the most part. In the scripture for the week, we are studying Joseph and his leadership. So, it was a great time to compare leadership qualities in more modern-day leaders. We got this idea from Torah School, a great website with great ideas!
- My husband went over some map work with the kids. Since we are studying Joseph and how he had his father, Jacob, come to live in the land of Goshen in Egypt, the kids studied a map of Goshen THEN, via The Rose Book of Bible Charts, Maps and Timelines by Rose Publishing.
- The kids continued their ABC’s of our Solar System. They did letters H-N.
- Grocery store math, 1 game and 2 pages of math in their workbooks.
- We began this morning with a long discussion on their interests. I was beginning to realize that I was not really incorporating their interests as much as I should. So, we talked about different subjects and topics and they would blurt out what they love within that subject. I jotted them down and now I have a lovely list of interests for each of my children. I love it!
- Next, we started reading aloud a book, which I have already read, entitled “What The Bible Says About Healthy Living“. This will be our Health study for a while. A great book!
- Lego Math
- Watched a couple of videos from “Forbidden History”. (Link above)
(We did this last part while Dad was home, it is much more fun when he can participate!)
- Discussed Landmarks in Egypt, as Egypt is a focal point in this weeks scriptures.
- We also had a discussion about Wagon traveling and Wagon life, as this was also in our scriptures for this week. Joseph sent a wagon full of food/goods back with his brothers when they went to retrieve Jacob, their father, from Canaan and bring him to Goshen.
- Lastly, we talked about what the human body needs to survive, and how long can it go without those items? This ties in with the Wagon travel.
- Copywork for Vayegash
- Crossword for Vayegash
- ABC’s of our Solar System - Letters O-T
- Time bingo and Math Bingo (2 games), and Number of the Day
- Then it was time to do some MAJOR shopping for home and groceries. They came with and helped.
Preparation Day! The kids were so very helpful today. I am going on 7 months pregnant now, so things are a little more challenging than they were just a few weeks ago!
Here is what they did:
- Completed their daily chores on top of the Shabbat chores.
- This time the Shabbat chores were washing of all bedding, clean bath thoroughly, deep vacuum upstairs and down, mopping and helping with 6 different meals we needed to prepare beforehand. We had extra meals to make, we were invited to fellowship with friends Shabbat afternoon.
So, that is what we did this week! Until next time……Blessings to you!