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Va’era | וארא | “I appeared”

Listen to or read the portion here

Summed up for the little ones here

even more summed up for the wee ones here

video about the portion here


this portion is full of things to learn about!  I’ll provide links about a frog.   Take the same approach with gnats, flies, etc.. 🙂

Focus on frogs this week.  Learn about how a frog goes from a tadpole to a frog.

Links about frogs here

Another website all about frogs here

explaining how a frog changes here

video of a frog from egg to tadpole  here

another fun time lapse from egg to tadpole here

another frog video here

video of a frogs life by a kiddo here

Study the makeup of our blood.  Why does scripture say that the life is in the blood?

Study different diseases that cause rashes.  What comfort techniques can be used?


try to memorize what order the plagues were in.  This song might help..  here

Discuss which plague would have been the hardest to go through.

Study William Wilberforce, who fought to get rid of slavery in England.  Watch the movie “Amazing Grace.”

Mapwork – Nile River, study the wildlife, geography, and irrigation techniques along the Nile.

Look for newspaper articles about crop destruction from severe weather.  Online searches can bring up some interesting things.


Va’era cursive copywork

Va’era print copywork

Va’era writing prompt


song about the portion here


coloring pages

water to blood

frog plague

several coloring pages here

Family activity

story for the family to read together here

Life Skills

Prepare a speech or presentation about this week’s torah portion.  Then you can’t use Moses’s excuse that you are not slow of speech.  🙂


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Shemot | שמות | “Names”

Listen to or read the portion here

Summed up for the little one’s here

The video of the portion here

History and Science

As part of their punishment the Israelites were forced to make brick with straw they gathered themselves.    What did they use this straw for?  Research how they made bricks.


An article on how to make bricks. http://www.ehow.com/how_2314179_make-bricks.html

make your own bricks!  Ice trays make great mini brick molds 🙂 http://www.parentingscience.com/preschool-science-experiment-mud.html Have your older children make a pyramid with bricks they made themselves

What did they use the bricks for?  Research how the pyramids were made


A few articles on the pyramids



Suddenly a bush starts burning.  Why would this have not just happened on it’s own?  What does it take to start a fire?  Research fire starting methods.


Pharaoh decided that the Israelite slaves didn’t need to rest from their work any and must work harder and longer.  Is this good for us?  Research why our body needs to rest.


Shemot cursive copywork

Shemot print copywork

Shemot worksheet

Shemot Drawing Prompt


Click  here for a song and the lyrics

Food Ideas


Fun Activities

Baby Moseh skit:


– Basket

– Something to represent Moshe (a doll, a stuffed animal)

– *Optional: Baby Moshe “birth announcement”

Activity: Put on a skit of Batya finding Moshe in the water. Cast includes Miriam, Batya, Batya’s servent, and Paraoh.


Fun video

Coloring Pages



Good page of crafts about the baby in the basket.. http://www.daniellesplace.com/html/Bible%20Themes%20-%20Moses.html

cute idea for a burning bush artwork here. http://biblestoryhour.blogspot.com/2009/04/unit-1-lesson-7b-moses.html

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Vayera | וירא | “He appeared”

Listen to or read the portion here
The portion is summed of in an easy way for children here

A wonderful collection of worksheets in three difficulty levels is available here.  Pick the one corresponding with the current torah portion.


Interesting info about why a ram was used http://www.torahtots.com/parsha/breishis/vayera3.htmRam notebooking pages here

A great idea HERE http://parshaprojects.blogspot.com/search/label/VAYERA

Activity sheet here http://sewhttkr.home.comcast.net/~sewhttkr/bibleWS/bibleWS/11_visitors.htm

Math activity sheet here http://sewhttkr.home.comcast.net/~sewhttkr/bibleWS/bibleWS/14_promise.htm

coloring pages here http://www.coloring.ws/abraham.htm  and here   http://www.tstl.net/Children/Coloring/Coloring.asp

quiz http://gardenofpraise.com/bibl3.htm

We’ve been having a blast with this.  I made up a template and each week will uses a few words from the torah portion and fill it out.  For Lorien (my 5 year old) I used 10 words and just repeated them.  for Brianna I chose harder words, for high-schoolers we’re using hebrew words.    It’s been fun to race each other as well. 🙂  (click link below picture)

lightning words template


Study some cities destroyed by fire: Pompeii, this site is very extensive, but done from a biblical perspective, very interesting.  The Great Chicago Fire, this site was put together by a museum with lots of first hand material.

Practice fire safety in your home.  3 lesson plans on teaching this important subject are available here.

Trace the Ishmaelites thru the Bible and beyond, if possible.

Find out about household objects in ancient civilizations.  What did they sleep on, how did they prepare food, what did they play with?

Note the references to unleavened bread.  It is very possible that Abram and Lot were celebrating Feast of Unleavened Bread during these events.  The feasts were put in place at creation.  Study this feast some during this week.

Take a close look at the binding of Isaac.  How does it picture Messiah?  Also study the Shunamite woman and compare between stories.  2 Kings 4:8-37

“Abram sat in the heat of the day” Study temperature, farenheit, celcius, boiling point, freezing point, etc.

Begin to teach your children the blessing of babies.  Do a bible study on what YHVH says about babies.  For those interested, I have included a link to a slideshow of babies in the womb, to show development.  It is hosted at a medical site and is very tasteful, but, as always, check first to make sure you are comfortable.   Also, read Psalm 139:13-18

Study blindness and some of its causes, such as retinal detachment, optical nerve damage, and infections.  Learn about how blind people function in every day life.

Study salt.  We use it for health, seasoning, food preservation, and art.  Ancient civilizations used it for vows.  Look at it under a microscope.

Take a look at life at the seashore.  What plants and animals live there?

Make homemade bread!  Serve it with cottage cheese, a type of curds.

Practice skip counting by fives.  Can you do it backwards, like Abram?

Math activity sheet  http://sewhttkr.home.comcast.net/~sewhttkr/bibleWS/bibleWS/14_promise.htm

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Lech Lecha | לך לך | “Go forth”


Listen to or read the portion here  

little summary for the kidshttp://www.chabad.org/kids/article_cdo/aid/629071/jewish/Lech-Lecha-Roundup.htm


Torah family living resources


Write “brit” in hebrew.  This is the hebrew word for covenant.  Then list some of the many promises YHVH has made to us as part of His covenant.

A wonderful collection of worksheets in three difficulty levels is available here.  Pick the one corresponding with the current torah portion.

Hebrew copywork

Hebrew pocket chart verse


coloring pages http://www.aish.com/tp/pak/cp/53030827.html


Some great craft projects here http://parshaprojects.blogspot.com/2009/11/parshat-lech-lecha_03.html

I really like this idea. 🙂  We ARE those stars promised to Abraham!  http://ronypony.blogspot.com/2010/10/good-shabbos-parshas-lech-lecha.html



This portion mentions that his descendants will be like the stars.    Learn about the stars and the science behind them.

Abram lived near the oak of Moreh.  Learn about oak trees: their size, age, strength, uses. Photos and info here. Draw a picture of one for your notebook.

Play with some compasses to learn the directions N E S W.  Talk about magentic north, and get out some magnets to learn about their properties.  Some magnet and compass experiments here.

Read Genesis 14:17-24 and then find out about thread and sandals, two things we take for granted.  How are they made? How were they made in ancient times?  What materials are used?  Be creative and try to make them yourself with materials you have available to you.  Article on thread Excellent pictures of ancient sandals and other ancient dress

Pigeons!  What has man used them for throughout history, and what makes them so well suited to the job?

What is the difference between a spring of water and a well of water?


Make cookies and cut them into star shapes.


Make a map of Abram’s travels.

Make puppets of the key characters, such as Abram, Sarai, and Lot.  Act out a key scene from this torah portion.

Learn about ancient covenants.  Older students would greatly benefit from Rico Cortes’s teaching on Abraham and the Covenant of Pieces, found here: http://www.waytozion.org/video/Rico/glc/RicoGLC.htm

Tents have played a crucial role in history.  Become an expert in how they were made, what they were made with, and who lived in them.

Learn about two important famines in history: The Irish potato famine, and the American dust bowl.

Okay, boys, and perhaps some girls!  Go learn about medieval shields and armor, and about armor in other time periods, too.  Make yourself a shield, too.  Why is it so great that YHVH is our shield?

Unit Studies





Check out Lech Lecha  at one of our author’s home this week.


Noach | נח | “Noah”

Listen to or read the portion here

Printables you may find helpful: http://hearts-in-training-free-printables.blogspot.com/2010/09/ancient-history-noach.html

Read aloud story –Love responsibility

Torah family living resources

Learn to write some new words in Hebrew: Noach, water, flood, rainbow, olive branch Look them up in a strong’s concordance.

A wonderful collection of worksheets in three difficulty levels is available here.  Pick the one corresponding with the current torah portion.

Make a picture of the ark, and be sure to include dinosaurs, and seven of the clean animals.

Coloring pictures

make a paper plate ark http://www.dltk-bible.com/mrockark.html

Meat is now allowed, but only Kosher, prepare a Kosher meat dish and begin teaching your children that we don’t eat blood.

Noah themed recipe ideas

Plan and possibly build a small scale model of the ark.  Use cardstock, popsicle sticks, clay, or even a drawing.  Try to accurately represent what is described in scripture, not what you’ve seen in Bible storybooks.  Remember that with a scale model, the measurements will be much smaller, but the proportions will remain the same.  1 cubit=1 centimeter, for example.

Practice skip counting by 2’s with your stuffed animals.

Noah knew what the clean animals were, and what the unclean animals were.  What are the unclean animals?  WHY are they unclean?  Has science shown that some of these animals are unhealthy for us to eat?

Learn the differences between brick and stone.  How are they made?  What are they like?

Get out the blocks and build different styles of towers.  Which one is tallest?  Which one balanced the best?  Which one is most attractive?

Study fossils.  Many unexplained fossils probably were made during the flood.  Read a short article here.

Study water related disasters such as floods, hurricanes, tsunamis, and what people do to protect themselves.

Make a timeline or journal of the events of the flood.  Take note of which month events happened in.

Mapwork – Label Mt. Ararat, Canaan, Babel, Nineveh, Shinar

Read about the Johnstown flood.  Read a narrative with photos here.  Being a disaster, parents please check first.

Check out this blogpost to see Noach in the home of one of our authors.


B’reisheet | בראשית | “In the beginning”

Ahh… The first torah portion! I’m starting at the beginning and I will slowly add to this post. 🙂 If you have any links you would like to share add them as a comment and I’ll put them into the post.

If by any chance you would like to help out with this effort email me at suzyandkids@gmail.com and I’ll add you as an author.


Here is a link where you can listen to the torah portion read.. http://www.torahportions.org/this-portion.html?portion=B%27reisheet

Kids version of the torah portion http://www.akhlah.com/parsha/bereshit/bereshit/bereshit.php

A fun little summary of the torah portion for the kids (I like them too LOL)

Torah Class posts One- Two- Three- Four- Five

Read aloud stories: Sibling Rivalry


A wonderful collection of worksheets in three difficulty levels is available here.  Pick the one corresponding with the current torah portion.


Some cute coloring pages http://www.coloring.ws/creation.htm

More coloring pages


Some very good ideas for Adam and Eve here http://www.lapbooklessons.com/AdamEveLapbook.html

More Chapter 2 crafts http://dltk-bible.com/genesis/chapter2-crafts.htm

Creation mobile (I’d probably replace the pig with something else if it where me LOL http://www.dltk-bible.com/genesis/creation_mobile.htm

Paper Mache globe.. You could make the globe on day 1, then add land when that was made, paint on flowers, then tape on animals, etc.. as each thing was made http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/globe/

creation wheel craft found here http://www.maryricehopkins.com/educators/crafts.htm



This is a neat idea but not very kosher.. it could easily be adapted though http://www.childrensministry.com/article.asp?ID=2119

Focus on fruits and veggies this week, perhaps some you have never tried before.

Themed recipes for the days of creation


For younger children, Cover numbers 1-7.

For older children this is a good place to start studying the importance of numbers in YHWH’s world.  Esp. the number 7. 🙂


Starting on Day 1 of the week, live out the days of creation.  On each day focus on the things that were created that day.  Read books, create notebooking pages, color pictures, etc.  This is a good opportunity to look for sparks of interest in a certain subject that can be expanded later.  To get you started, here are some ideas for each day:

Day 1- speed of light, shadows, hebrew day begins at sundown

Day 2- makeup of atmosphere, layers such as troposphere, surface tension, floating, sinking, states of matter, ie solid, liquid, gas, uniqueness of planet earth in supporting life due to water and oxygen

Day 3- Study soil, sand, clay, landforms such as hills, plateaus, mountains, seeds, parts of a plant, process from a seed to a fruit, herbs and their uses, nutrition found in various fruits and vegetables, poisonous plants to avoid

Day 4- Study planets and solar system, constellations, visit a planetarium, learn about the biblical feast days and the Hebrew calendar

Day 5- learn about an amazing fish like the salmon, and some lesser known species like the eel and sea cucumber, discuss kinds (a parrot lays eggs that produce parrots), learn the word oviparous, study the principles of bird flight, what happens inside a bird egg?

Day 6- learn about domesticated animals, learn about animals that can’t be domesticated like zebras and deer, learn about creeping things: insects, spiders, millipedes, centipedes

Day 7- Why, rest of course!


For older children, study the creation/evolution debate.  www.answersingenesis.org has some good resources to get you started.

Eve is the mother of all living.  Take a look at your personal family tree.  Help your child to go back a generation or two with photos and create their own family tree on a notebooking page.

For older children, you could discuss why the belief that YHWH made other men/ and women to bear children doesn’t work.. After all it says Eve was the mother of all living.  Find the verses that apply.

What was Eve’s REAL name?   Why is that more meaningful than Eve?

Character Studies

Satan didn’t waste much time did he?   Study some of his techniques.. and the fact that he’s been using the same tricks since day 1.

Unit Studies

This unit study has a ton of great resources.. very much worth looking over! http://www.dianawaring.com/ancientciv/ACBAUnit1.pdf


“On Day One”
by Melody Waring (to the tune of “This Old Man”)
On day one,
Yahweh made light,
He made day and He made night.
With a knick-knack paddy-whack only Yah alone
Could make me such a perfect home.
On day two,
Yahweh made Heaven,
Made it as a place for livin’.
With a knick-knack paddy-whack only Yah alone
Could make me such a perfect home.
On day three,
Yahweh made earth
With some trees and plants and herbs.
With a knick-knack paddy-whack only Yah alone
Could make me such a perfect home.
On day four,
He made the sun,
Stars and moon for sparkly fun.
With a knick-knack paddy-whack only Yah alone
Could make me such a perfect home.
On day five,
Yahweh made fish,
Birds and whales with tails that swish.
With a knick-knack paddy-whack only Yah alone
Could make me such a perfect home.
On day six,
Yahweh made critters,
You and me and things that jitters,
With a knick-knack paddy-whack only Yah alone
Could make me such a perfect home.
On day seven,
Yahweh said, “Rest
‘Cause I love you, and it’s best!”
With a knick-knack paddy-whack only Yah alone
Could make me such a perfect home.
Some people
Seem to think
Yahweh did not make everything, but
With a knick-knack paddy-whack only Yah alone
Could make me such a perfect home.


Day 1 Day 1 Yahweh made light when there was none (repeat)
Day 2 Day 2 Yahweh made heaven and sky of blue (repeat)
Day 3 Day 3 Yahweh made flowers & grass & trees. (repeat)
Day 4 Day 4 Yahweh made sun,moon and stars galore. (repeat)
Day 5 Day 5 Yahweh made birds and fish alive (repeat)
6th Day 6th Day Yahweh made animals & man that day. (repeat)
Day 7 Day 7 Yahweh is resting in his heaven (repeat)


Seven Days of Creation Song

Tune of “Are You Sleeping Brother John”

God created: God created
Night and Day: Night and Day
That was on the first day: That was on the first day,
It was good: It was good.

God created: God created,
Sky and Clouds: Sky and Clouds
That was on the second day: That was on the second day
It was good: It was good.

God created: God created,
Land and Plants: Land and Plants
That was on the third day: That was on the third day,
It was good: It was good.

God created: God created,
Sun, Moon, and Stars: Sun, Moon, and Stars
That was on the fourth day: That was on the fourth day
It was good: It was good.

God created: God created,
Birds and Fish: Birds and Fish
That was on the fifth day: That was on the fifth day
It was good: It was good.

God created: God created,
Creatures on Land: Creatures on Land
People too! People too!
That was on the sixth day: That was on the sixth day
It was good: It was good.

Then God rested: Then God rested
From His work: From His work.
That was on the seventh day: That was on the seventh day
All was good: All was good.

Let’s sing praises: Let’s sing praises
To our God: To our God
He is everywhere, giving love and care
God is good: God is good
God is Good.

Website with great resources.. http://www.torahtots.com/parsha/breishis/breish2.htm

Check out this blog post by one of our Torah School authors to see Torah School in action for the week of B’reisheet.

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Great study tool for families

We recently borrowed the first book in this series from a friend, and quickly ordered the set for ourselves.  These are awesome.

(can be purchased here)

These books have been great.   We just have volume one currently.   In volume one each chapter has several questions as well as many reference verses to look up to go with each question.  We’ve got into the habit of reading the chapter (or sometimes splitting it in half) and then going through the questions together.   It’s helped me remember several things and it’s really good for the kids, esp. the older one’s.  This would be nice to do as  a family every night!

Here’s a picture of the chapters we just did..

Learn more about the books here

Oh, and did you notice they use the name YHWH?  It’s a christian book but they use the name.. it’s also not commentary so you don’t have the worry of weeding out commentary.

Really highly recommend this!


(Can be purchased at the below link)