Shavuot Reading List
PJ Library has a convenient list of age-appropriate books for children about Shavuot. This one, called "No Rules for Michael" by Sylvia Rouss, looks rather thought provoking for little ones. I'd like to include this in my yearly readings for this feast. If you aren't signed up for PJ Library, I would really encourage you to check it out. If not, the list can help point you in the right direction at your local library. Happy reading!
Shavuot Reading List
Wow...I just have to share this site I stumbled upon which has lots of Shavuot activities to do with your family! I have viewed many a site scouring suggestions for this feast, but these ideas are my absolute favorites. From hosting a camp-out (to relive the Israelites at the base of Mt. Sinai) to a recipe for a Shavuot cake that has one search out the Scriptures to find clues to the mystery ingredients, I think there is a lot of heart in the experiences your family can share together. So click below to find out more and please post of your family's fun times! Great job, Sarah Chandler on this post!
Kid-Friendly Shavuot Activities
I know Shavuot is almost here and Sefirat HaOmer (Counting the Omer) has almost concluded, but I JUST stumbled upon this worksheet on Chabad's website that you can use for your little ones to complete. Simply click and print, gals! Easy peasy...If it doesn't come in handy this year, at least you can come back to it next year, Yah willing!
This week's planet for study is Zedek (Jupiter). In Hebrew, Zedek means "righteousness." This is the biggest planet in our solar system, and is visible in our night sky on a cloudless evening. Here is a few avenues to take to learn about the planet, as I read that this planet (when moved into the constellation Ariel or Aries) was the sign of Yeshua's birth.
First, here is an awesome experiment to teach about the surface of Zedek: Liquid Viscosity Science Experiment. And here is a preview picture to show you the scientific homeschooling fun:
SIDENOTE: Actually, viscosity means how difficult it is for a substance to change shape. Honey (which will be at the bottom of the glass is highly viscous and hard to stir. But vinegar or alcohol (which will be at the top) is considered to be less viscous. So, what did I do with this information? A spiritual analogy! I asked my children several questions, "Well then, as a believer, do WE want to be highly viscous and sink to the bottom or less viscous and rise to the top? Do we want to be easy to change when being corrected by the Ruach haKodesh (less viscous) or stuck in our ways and hard to change when the Spirit is attempting to transform us?" I was very proud to hear their answer (less viscous) and that now they had something tangible to help them remember this planet and why it is the planet of righteousness. A's for them all on that assignment!
Next, I wanted to include an image that I found that you can use to make coloring sheets or worksheets for this planet that you can download:
Find a paragraph of information you'd like them to do as copy work or even just the Hebrew name of this great planet with the graphic to color. You could even do marbelized painting to have them better grasp the surface of Zedek.
And this last thing was really cool. I downloaded it off of a website called "You Are Galileo!" Basically, scroll down the list of worksheets until you find this planet's files. (Personally, I downloaded the Word Document files and changed out the pagan god names on the worksheet with the original Hebraic name.) But the worksheets are fantastic! The point is to try to make planetary observations and see if the child (or you if you want to do one too-you forever students) can see the four moons Galileo spotted when he observed this planet years ago. Click on the above link to view it for yourself. And Google "viewing Zedek" (but you probably have to use its J-planet pagan name in the search instead, remember) to help you hone in on seeing it in the night sky. Well that's it for now. Have fun and happy homeschooling!
Today my kiddos and I watched this video and had to replay it because it got us in such a groove! Bust a move this Shavuot! Hope you have a wonderful Holy Day weekend!
Okay, many apologies for posting this article so far after the feast day, but hopefully you can use this suggestion for your holy day next year! Our Pesach/Passover was a blast this year. We camped out on the floor, but I was determined to get an idea the Father planted in my head to actually come to fruition for our momentous occasion. I had an idea for these adorable custom Passover pillows that'd be easy to make but look quite sophisticated (call me the Messianic Martha Stewart-ha). At this point in time I did not know how to sew with a sewing machine (I since learned just because I was tired of being ignorant-yay) so this project does NOT require advanced skills like sewing to make!
Hope this video inspires you today in your walk. I am thrilled to watch this new video series by Emet Ministries called "Fully Trained." Let it challenge you today! And don't forget to check out the Emet Ministries channel on YouTube for other Biblical topics...
It has been a while since I have gotten to sit back and relax, but the family has caught a cold bug so today I have time to be still and rest. So, I figured I would take this opportunity/season, and seek out sound teachings airing on the Hebraic Roots Network.
This network, for those who aren't aware yet, is an online channel (and I think also broadcasting by radio, though I don't know how to do that yet) with great praise and worship in between sound teachings from the likes of Rico Cortes, Brad Scott, Bill Cloud, Hollisa Alewine, among others. The programs are extremely uplifting to the body of Messiah. Today I encountered a teacher, Ed Harris (whose program is called "Confrontnation") who hosted a show on prayer. Sometimes I've seen us as believers become so knowledge minded, that we forget the practical applications in order to carry out Yah's mitzvot in the everyday. So take some time and explore the vast amount of teachings on this channel. This is a way to "dig into the Word" that is truly professional and sound teaching!
Please check out the link, I know you will be blessed by it: Hebraic Roots Network.