Thursday, September 18, 2014

Celebrate Rosh Hashanah

Have you ever been interested in learning more about the Jewish Fall Feasts, how they relate to Jesus, and how you can celebrate them with your family or in your school? 

Now you can!
As a Jewish believer in Jesus, one of my greatest passions is teaching the Jewish roots to Christians.          

It is out of that passion, that Celebrate Rosh Hashanah was created.  

In this study, you will take a week-long journey through the first Fall Feast of Israel, and develop an understanding of the holiday and why it is important for Christians.  The study is designed for homeschoolers, but can also be used in classrooms, church groups, sunday schools, etc.  It is perfect for all ages, and many of the activities are directed at elementary-aged students.

With Celebrate Rosh Hashanah, you will get:
  • A biblical history of Rosh Hashanah
  • Science and Math activities
  • A mini-study on Honeybees
  • An understanding of modern-day, Jewish traditions
  • Messianic perspective of Rosh Hashanah
  • Delicious, traditional recipes and menu plan
  • Fun, easy crafts to help you celebrate
  • Writing assignments and Reading lists
  • Israeli culture, Introduction to Hebrew and more!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Using Story Cubes for Creative Writing and Art

Ever have trouble getting your kids interested in creative writing? Don't have time to develop a lesson plan for Writing and Art?

We started a light school schedule last week, and I've already discovered a few helpful tools to make the year go smoother, especially on those days that are more defined by the word perspiration than preparation.

If your family is anything like ours, there are some who love to write and are always developing another imaginative story, and some who have just as active imaginations, but would rather act them out with their army men and Legos than write them down on paper.

I've been looking for a way to draw some of those army men types  into the art of creative writing for a while now.  And frankly, some days, I myself could use some help in that area after all the years of "mommy brain", and everything else that seems to suck the creative juices right out of me.

I saw these story cubes at Target a long time ago, and thought about trying them out, but never quite got around to it.

Then, my husband and I went to a friend's house for a little adult get-together (another good activity for sufferers of "mommy brain").  We had a good time using the cubes to tell stories.  

After that, I decided to get our own set and give it a try with the kids.It worked out really well, and we all had a blast telling outlandish, wacky stories. Even my lego-loving "army man" got involved.  

It was also good to see how each child thinks differently.  My older kids used the cubes more metaphorically, while the younger ones really enjoyed telling a literal version of their story.  Some spoke in the third person while some used the first person, so we were also able to discuss styles and tools of storytelling. 

After a few warm-up rounds, we decided to end with illustrating a scene from their last story, before writing them down in a composition book.  That way, the process of writing the story out was a way of recording the scenes from their imagination. Here are some samples of their illustrations.

The story cubes are a great way to get kids thinking creatively. If your'e rolling the dice at a table, the storytelling easily flows into writing and illustrating.  So, keep the art supplies and composition books close by!  

We will definitely be using these handy writing prompts again this year.  I already have kids asking to use them again, including "army man". Do you have other creative writing tools that you use in your homeschool?  If so, I would love to hear about them!