Tomorrow is the windup day for our study of Israel. The weather this week is about as far from Israel's climate as you can get--snowing but melting, dark and dreary. So it's a good day for some fun.
Since I haven't gotten to the library this week, I'm using our own resources to put some activities together. The main book I'm drawing on is Chaya Burstein's A Kid's Catalog of Israel (an old edition). I'm planning on photocopying several of the pages and putting together a booklet for each girl.
This is our plan for the day:
Before opening: find as many toy animals (or pictures of animals) as you can that are named in the Bible, and arrange them on the dining room table (explanation later)
Opening time: Jewish-themed choruses, read a Psalm, and pray for Israel (Explore the Holy Land).
Mix yeast dough for Schnecken (cinnamon rolls), from A Kid's Catalog, and leave to rise for an hour.
Table work: finish the maps we've been making and do some of the printout pages: a bit of copywork, a page explaining how to calculate what Hebrew year you were born in, and a pair of paper dolls with their clothes (from A Kid's Catalog)
Snack: Land of Milk and Honey Blender Buzz (smoothie made from milk, honey and bananas); bagel slices, and clementines ("baby oranges")
Roll out the Schnecken dough and slice into rounds; leave to rise again
Games and music: "Relay race" with oranges (since there are only three of us here, we can't do relay races with teams, so we just see how fast we can go). Folk songs (Zum Gali, Hevenu Shalom Aleichem). Oh--I just remembered something else! We have an old video of Sharon, Lois and Bram singing Tzena Tzena, as well as a Really Simple Dance Lesson in the Kid's Catalog. That would be really fun to dance around to, even for capital-K Klutzes (Mama Squirrel) who can't remember which way to put their feet. (If you want to see The Weavers singing Tzena Tzena way back when, YouTube has a video.)
Put the rolls in to bake
Short folk tale; read about a few unusual places you could visit in Israel, including the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem
Make Star of David paper chains (Kid's Catalog) (you don't glue these--the cutout stars link together) (If we don't have time for this before lunch, we'll do it after lunch)
Lunch Break: eat Schnecken and whatever else we're having. Go visit the Biblical Zoo in the dining room.
Afternoon activities: Undecided yet; could include crafts we're already working on, or oven-bake clay. If the weather got really co-operative, we could go to Ten Thousand Villages and look for things made in Israel; but that might have to wait a bit.
(Sebastian asked how our day went: see the Comments section for our favourite things and directions for making a paper chain.)