Saturday, December 18, 2010

Alef Bet Bingo Give-Away! and Botany with Nancy Larson and Shabbat Activity Pack

Yes, its been a while, but life gets busy as we all know and I have finally found a few moments to blog-

So lets start of with the fun stuff!

I am making an Alef Bet Bingo giveaway to one lucky reader!

Aleph Bet Bingo plays like a conventional bingo game, but used the Hebrew aleph bet. Cobines two games in one: Aleph-to-Lamed and "Aleph-to-Tof."
Ages 3+, 2 to 14 players.

Here's how to enter!
You can do one or all of the following, but let me know which ones so I can enter you in the drawing~
1- Subscribe to my blog
2- Tell one other person about this giveaway (tweet, FB, your blog etc.)
3- Tell me one or more fun ways you teach the Hebrew Letters /Hebrew Reading to your kids

Drawing will be held next Sunday, December 26th and will be picked via and I will post the winner that night-

Good Luck!

Now, this is what we have been up to lately:

We are keeping up with the weekly Parshah using My Parshah Reader and The Little Midrash Says. We practice our Herbrew Reading using the Osios book as well as the Siddur. We have done a few Parshah projects which I have not taken photos yet, but will post when I do-

Since TuBishvat is a few weeks away, we have begun learning about plants and trees. We are using the Nancy Larson Science kit that was sent to us for Review which is just so fabulous. I know she prefers the unit to be studied in the order that she has put it in which makes perfect sense, but the type of homeschool that we do, it just works for us to do the different subjects at certain times-

The kit comes with an entire unit on Botany, including a bag with pine cones, a tree cookie with a looking glass and 3 great books on trees: Peterson First Guide to Trees,Trees to Paper and The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree which the kids love. There is also a booklet on Botany as well as review worksheets. It is done in such a simple, well thought out way that it was a pleasure to teach and the kids were so engaged, they just loved it!

Here are a few books and a CD that we will be reading and listening to over the next few weeks:

I know its early, but it works for us right now:) We live in a tropical climate and so we took a walk through the neighborhood the other day looking for a Deciduous tree... boy, if only I had known what a mission that would become! We finally found a peach tree in someones yard and managed to pick up a few colored leaves to make a project with for fall- but the rest of the neighborhood is filled with Evergreens!

This week we will do some bark rubbings and looking at the difference between trees and shrubs. I hope to post some pictures of our adventures~

Oh, and before I forget, here is a fun Shabbat Activity Pack I made for my munchkins- feel free to print it out for yours!

Wishing all a wonderful week,


  1. I love the printables! I doubt I'm eligible for the bingo, because I'm in Canada, but I'd love to be entered if I can be. :-)
    Last year, we started alef-bais by singing a different song for each letter. Each week, we had a new letter and a new song. (a little challenging - there were a couple of weeks where it was tough to find a song)
    When we finally reached Tav, we had an alef-bais siyum, with alef-bais beading, mosaics, and other crafts and activities.
    We also made a video to show at the siyum:

  2. we like to teach the letters through fun songs and a book i got in israel that is the hebrew versdion of how to build an a

  3. @FunkyFrum - I would love LOVE love to see that book; sounds fantastic!

  4. I am already a follower. We do a memory game, I put together a trace book that the kids work on the alef-bet letters and say the sound that it makes when tracing it. When they get older we will add some words. We also say the Shema, and sing other songs that they know the english words and put the english and hebrew words together for them to relate to.

  5. just subcribed! Writing them in the snow! using waldorf methods of giving the numbers more meaning i.e (one the earth) and so on. And sadly shalom sesame checked out form the library!

  6. I love your site, I am a Hebrew teacher in Jewish daycare. and a busy mom to 5 kids myself. I love your idea of bingo letters as i teach my class the alphabet and i think it will help a lot to have the bingo in my class. please let me know how i can obtain it from you?

  7. You can get it here, on Amazon: Good Luck!


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