Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Mrs. Katz and the Passover

Last week, we learned all about Passover with a sweet Five in a Row book, Mrs. Katz and Tush. In the book, an elderly Jewish lady is befriended by a neighbor family and eventually adopted as their "Bubee." She tells the boy the story of the Israelites' exodus from Egypt as they share the Passover Seder together.

We covered many of the FIAR lessons, including:
  • "Love your neighbor as yourself." - we memorized Luke 10:27 and used it as copywork and cursive practice.
  • We read the story of the Exodus and made really cute (I know that just seems wrong, but they really are cute) little books of the 10 plagues that I found at
  • A yeast experiment - mix yeast and sugar in a bottle of warm water and put a balloon over the top. That worked so well that we had to secure our balloon with electrical tape.
  • We talked about patterns, tried drawing our own and looked at these National Geographic patterns in nature.
  • We learned all about Passover with The Matzah That Papa Brought Home.
  • We learned about Warsaw, Poland during WWII and why Mrs. Katz left in The Cats in Krasinski Square.
  • We learned quite a few yiddish words, ate bagels and attempted to polka. :)

I like to have a picture of the books to show you. However, Amazon apparently no longer supports
just the picture of the books without the purchase information. I am not trying to sell anything here. Of course, I'm not against anyone using these links, because I will get a commission, but that isn't my reason for putting them there.

1 comment:

  1. Hi, Valerie! Nice to meet another mom in the general area. Wouldn't it be fun to meet in person?

    I'm bookmarking your blog - love all the homeschool info here! I'm moving into that season pretty quick here (just started teaching reading to #1) so I'm excited.

    Were you homeschooled? What made you choose to homeschool your kids?