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!
Go to this link and check out a fun science activity that will teach your kids about salt farmers:
Salt Farmer Activity
(Pictures courtesy of http://www.pitara.com/activities/craft/online.asp?story=48)
Here is an article to get you started in your study of Sodom and Gomorrah, from the Biblical Archaeology Review: http://www.bib-arch.org/e-features/sodom-and-gomorrah.asp
Also, go to this link to learn more about Ron Wyatt's discoveries at the believed Sodom and Gomorrah sites at the Wyatt Museum website: http://wyattmuseum.com/cities-of-the-plain.htm
And finally, even though these videos are not 100% accurate, it was a great start off point to begin teaching my children about the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah:
I will repeat, these are not 100% accurate. There are discrepancies from the original text (like where the two men coming to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah met Lot, for example), so MAKE SURE TO POINT THIS OUT TO CHILDREN, AS I DO NOT WANT ANY CHILD OR ANYONE ELSE BEING MISLED. Always refer back to the Scriptures!
Another set of videos is by a Christian group called Gracelink, which is pretty accurate storytelling for younger aged children. Here are the ones for this Torah portion:
Note: Gracelink is a Christian website, so the other videos support Christmas and do not call the messiah "Yeshua" or "Yahshua." Take this into consideration if you do like these videos, before showing the later Bible stories. As advice, I like to preview the videos before showing them to my own children, to ensure proper instruction for Yah's word.
My friends on Messianic Keepers at Home clued me into this in-depth Torah study homeschool curriculum that you can purchase if you'd like!
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This week the Scriptures that stood out to my children were the "Let him go home" instructions for men going to war. I came across this music video weeks ago and thought it was the exact portrayal of disobedience to this loving command of YHVH. Boy, did it breathe life into the reason for the Father's directions! Who can say this commandment no longer applies? I only pray our military would return to Yah's word as well as us all. Also, I have a homeschool coloring page we made this morning. Hopefully, I'll be able to post more, if time permits!
So here is the link to the coloring page, with the Scripture from Deuteronomy 20:7: "Has anyone become pledged to a woman and not married her? Let him go home, or he may die in battle and someone else may marry her."
My son was very interested this time around with the Torah portion asking about these instructions for soldiers, where the girls were all about the bridal aspect. I have found that the Charlotte Mason point of intrigue idea works and I have seen the high retention level of the Scriptures from this principle. May it bless you too!
Little Bo Beep (Torah Style)
Little Bo Peep
Has lost her sheep
And can't tell where to find them
At Yah's command
We take them in hand
Wagging their tails behind them.
Our chance to restore
Bo's broke heart for sure
Is not only the work to be done
But for also the sheep
A new chance to bleat
With their "mama"-IT MUST BE DONE!
Take this Torah portion (Deuteronomy 22:1-4 specifically) and do a Bo Peep theme. Here is what these Scriptures say:
"If you see your fellow Israelite's ox or sheep straying, do not ignore it but be sure to take it back to its owner. If they do not live near you or if you do not know who owns it, take it home with you and keep it until they come looking for it. Then give it back. Do the same if you find their donkey or cloak or anything else they have lost. Do not ignore it. If you see your fellow Israelite's donkey or ox fallen on the road, do not ignore it. Help the owner get it to its feet."
Use some creative license with this long lived nursery rhyme and put it for YHVH's glory. Do sheep crafts and coloring pages and have fun learning the beauty of this wisdom! Shabbat can be a real hoot! (Or more appropriately, a real baa...if you got that one.) Here are some fun resources...
In the original Hebrew, the names recorded in the genealogy in the first portion of the Scriptures actually declare the Good News of Yeshua! Now, thanks to http://www.bible-codes.org/Names-bible-code-printable.htm, you can see the entire message decoded from El (our Heavenly Father) all the way to Yeshua. Halleluyah! It is glorious to see the continuous layers of the Scriptures. They truly are DIVINE, are they not?
Check out Torah School....a site dedicated to teaching children at home concurrent to the Torah Portions! Really awesome...so check it out!
Here it is: http://torahschool.wordpress.com/
Okay, here is the first of several posts of my last year's attempt to build our own scrapbook for the plagues of Egypt. This was our craft page for the plague of flies. Follow this link to make that page, and create a memoir of their handprints!
My kids' handprints are really important to me and this was a great way to make a scrapbook (in the form of a haggadah) to whip out every year. It is so cute and was really easy. I did a plague per day on the countdown to the Passover meal but it also works well when it is used for the Torah portion. I hope you and your family enjoy this craft too! Without further comment, here's the link:
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.