Last week's parsha was the final portion before we will start back at Bereshit again. Moses is atop Mount Nebo looking at the Promised Land, knowing that his transgression justly keeps him from entering the Holy Land before he falls asleep. So for our Erev Shabbat meal, we celebrated Moses' life with a fun themed dinner about this extremely important Biblical figure. From little mini-Moses mountain climbers, to Moses movies and books, we really enjoyed the theme! We also sprinkled the evening with a little added information about the famous Mount Nebo. Needless to say, the portion's main points really stuck with us and we had great conversation. Here are the details...
As we embarked on our new year of the Torah cycle, Bereshit brought a whole new learning with it for our family on several important subjects particularly in geography and science.
My eldest daughter, when hearing the Genesis 1:9 Scripture which reads, "And God said, 'Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear'," she inquired how Abba brought forth the land on the earth. My mind immediately thought of Pangea, the supercontinent that in theory (maybe the theorized time of it is a little off, but that's for further study) is fully supported in the Torah. So we did continent worksheets where the children wrote in the continents. We discussed, as pictured below, the fossils found on different continents of like animals, archaeology, plate tectonics, and for fun played a contients game online.
We didn't get to do this idea this time around, but my children wanted to pick one of the fossils discovered and do a deeper study into it. Really dig in to that part of the topic! (Ha...that pun was intended.) We will eventually be reporting their findings in creative writing projects/presentations! And then...
Here are some Homeschool Helps:
1. Here is the link to a worksheet for a Pangea Puzzle. (as pictured above)
2. Google "Continents Worksheet" and find one that fits the respective ages of your children.
3. Here is a fun website with free, online map games: Continents and Oceans.
I hope this inspires your learning in your home! We thoroughly enjoyed it in ours. Glory to YHVH for His creation of the land out of the seas!
Meredith Welborn is a mother of five beautiful children who has gradually integrated the Torah into her family's life as YHVH directs her. Her heart's desire is to create a forum for women to grow in the goodness of the Torah, Yah's holy instruction manual.