TREE ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

Posted on January 21st, 2018
By Shaunna Evans for Fantastic Fun and Learning

 

I didn’t really expect  our alphabet series to be full of exploring natural elements, but I like to follow the kids’ lead. It’s a great time to be outdoors and learn more about the world around us, so we’re seizing the opportunity.

For the letter T we learned about trees. Today I’m sharing some of the many tree-inspired activities around the web.  There are ideas for science investigations, literacy and math activities, book-related projects, and many terrific crafts and paintings to help you put together your own tree activities for the kids in your life. Some of the posts are seasonal, but they can often be adapted easily to meet your needs. I hope you enjoy reading all of these posts as much as I did!

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Find some great ideas on JvillageNetwork's Pinterest page. 

9 Jewish Moms Who Won at Parenting This Year

Posted on January 14th, 2018
BY JOANNA C. VALENTE for Kveller



Oh 2017, can’t say we’re sorry to say goodbye. Between the political turmoil, JCC bomb threats, and the hurricanes, it’s been a lot to handle. Despite it all, however, there were many inspiring moments — and a lot of them were thanks to Jewish moms who remained strong and stood up for their beliefs.


Here are some moments that resonated with us:


1. Mila Kunis gives her daughter wine, because Shabbat. She said:


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I Use the Three-Letter Word with My Kids

Posted on January 7th, 2018
BY DEBRA FERTIG for Kveller


In our home, we talk about God as if He is a member of our extended family, like Zeydie or Uncle Maury. We also talk about the soul. Our boys, who are 6 and 9, ask questions that are impossible to answer:

“Mom, how do you know God is real? Does He talk to you?”

“Mom, how do you know there is a place we go to when we die?”

“Mom, how do you know that my soul will always be alive?”

“I don’t know exactly how,” I respond. “It’s more of a feeling than anything else.”

This seems to be enough for my kids. At least for now, at these ages.

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Ten Things I’ve Learned After Two Bat Mitzvahs

Posted on December 31st, 2017
By Marjorie Ingall for Tablet Magazine 


Party favors are Satan’s carnival prizes and other bits of wisdom from a seasoned organizer of rites of passage


My second daughter became a Bat Mitzvah a couple of weeks ago. Would you like to know what I’ve learned after ushering two girls through this process? Of course you would.

1.Choose the date well: If you can avoid a mortifying or stultifying Torah portion, do.

2. Pay attention to who your kid is: I had one child who wanted to lead every prayer, read the entire portion (plus hey, toss her the ones from the week before and after and she’d crush those, too), and fight with the entire synagogue about gendered language. I had another kid who… did not. Respect and understand that your child is their own person. Their concerns and values may not be yours. And HELLO, this is a celebration of Jewish adulthood, so insisting on calling all the shots yourself is hypocritical. Work with your kid, rabbi, cantor and education director to figure out how much your kid can and should do in the service. Steer between the Scylla of obsessiveness and the Charybdis of slackerdom. This is not easy.

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PJ Library Radio

Posted on December 24th, 2017

 

New Launch!

 

Are you looking for some great music and videos to share with your children?  The same folks who brought free Jewish books into your home, PJ Library, now has PJ Library Radio.  You'll find songs, videos, photos, profiles of your favorite artists and the ability to submit your own music. 

 

Find it here.


 

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