All posts that are appropriate for older children (5th+ grades) will be put in blue. These will be usable for younger grades as well but will make it easier for parents of older children to find what will work for their child.
Read the portion HERE
Summed up for the little ones HERE
Homeschool blog post at Today is a new day…Bless it!
Science- Learn about the Donkey
Health- Learn about Blindness
History-Therole Donkey’s have played in history
The role Baal (the false god) played in our history
Some Famous Blind people in History
Reading- have older children read the torah portion.
Character studies- Baalam
Crafts- Some fun paper crafts and coloring pages
Physical Activity- Dance of the Week 🙂
A donkey plays a large role in this weeks torah portion.
Can you think of any other Donkey’s in the Bible that played an important role? Research some of the other donkey’s in the bible.
Fun activity about donkey’s in the Bible HERE
Read about the history of Donkey’s HERE
More about Donkey’s HERE
More about Donkey’s HERE
History of Donkey’s HERE
More information about Donkey’s HERE
Donkey Paper Bag Craft HERE
Donkey Paper Craft HERE
Donkey Coloring Page HERE
This is a good study that talks about Baal in history, and what he has to do with modern holidays. It is long but 100% worth the listen for the entire family. HERE
Research the role Baal has played in history (that video will give you a LOT of information), what has he evolved into today? What traditions of Baal are still kept?
Where does Baal show up in the bible?
Study what Balaam’s name means. Isn’t it interesting how names in the bible so often reflected the character in some way?
Do a character study on Balaam. What was his biggest flaw? How can we avoid that flaw?
Balaam was spiritually blind. So blind that his DONKEY could see the angle of YHWH better than he could! For older children, a study on spiritual blindness and what can lead us out of that would be interesting.
Isa 42:6 “I, יהוה, have called You in righteousness, and I take hold of Your hand and guard You, and give You for a covenant to a people, for a light to the gentiles,
Isa 42:7 to open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the prison, those who sit in darkness from the prison house.
Isa 42:8 “I am יהוה, that is My Name, and My esteem I do not give to another, nor My praise to idols.
What causes physical blindness?
Do a study about famous blind people.. my children love to learn about Helen Keller.
Balaam quickly discovered.. he’d better Bless YHWH and YHWH’s people instead of curse them. This week’s dance is to the song Blessed Are You oh Lord our God. Take some time each week to learn the steps and you can perform it for Shabbat. I will feature a song each week… it’ll be a good way to add to our Dance “vocabulary” 🙂
In this video the dance is performed first, then you can watch the steps in detail in the second half of the video.