Feast of Trumpets/Yom Teruah Introduction for Elementary Students

This is a simple introduction based on Messianic/Hebrew Roots beliefs to Yom Teruah/Feast of Trumpets. Please enjoy and use as you wish. Shalom.

 

Yom Teruah

What is it about?

Leviticus 23:24

“Say to the Israelites: ‘On the first day of the seventh month you are to have a day of sabbath rest, a sacred assembly commemorated with trumpet blasts.”

Numbers 29:1

“On the first day of the seventh month hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work. It is a day for you to sound the trumpets.”

Yom Teruah, or the Feast of Trumpets, is a special day set apart by Yahweh. The trumpet blast reminds us to focus on Yahweh and celebrate him as our Elohim (God) and Creator of the universe. We think about our sins, and confess them, knowing he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins through faith in Yahushua. We are also reminded that Yahushua is King and he will come back to earth with the sound of the last trumpet blast.

We can shout in praise and joy to the sound of the trumpet, knowing we will be with Messiah our King when he comes back. Yahweh has us celebrate this event now, even though it has not happened yet, because we can trust his Word to come true.

1 Thess 4:16-17

“For the Master (Yahushua) Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of Elohim, and the dead in Messiah will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Master in the air, and so we shall always be with the Master.”

1 Cor 15:51-52

“Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.”

 

When is it?

The seventh month, called Tishri, in the Biblical calendar. Yom Teruah Begins a 10 day period of repentance (asking for forgiveness for our sins), also called the “days of awe”, which ends with the Holy Day Yom Kippur.

 

Vocabulary Words

Teshuva– Returning to Yahweh through repentance (sorry for our sins, seeking forgiveness, changing sinful behavior). To turn away from sin.

Shofar– Ancient ram’s horn used by Israelites in battle, and ritual (still used today).

10 Days of Awe– Ten day period between Yom Teruah and Yom Kippur, focused on prayer and teshuva.

Psalm Verses for Yom Teruah

Psalm 98:4-9

4 Shout to Yahweh, all the earth;

break out in praise and sing for joy!

5 Sing your praise to Yahweh with the harp,

with the harp and melodious song,

6 with trumpets and the sound of the ram’s horn.

Make a joyful symphony before Yahweh, the King!

Links for further study

https://hebrew4christians.com/Holidays/Fall_Holidays/Rosh_Hashannah/rosh_hashannah.html

http://www.eliyah.com/fallfeasts.html

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Kiwi Crate Review for Homeschooling

Hello! I decided to order the kiwi crate for my 7yr old daughter as a way to supplement her STEM education in a fun way. I like it so much I plan on adding my 6yr old to get a crate just for her, and a Koala crate for my 4yr old.

*I have NO association with this company, and I am getting nothing for this review. I am just a regular costumer*

So, the first crate came in the mail in July. I told my daughter she would getting mail, and showed her the commercials from the website. She was excited, and we tracked the package from California all the way to our home state of NJ which turned out to be fun in its own way. Getting the mail is part of the whole experience for my kids.

The first crate we received was the claw. (Which I accidentally deleted pictures of! Opps)

This month’s crate had two projects for a kaleidoscope.

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1.) The materials are very well made. For the price, I am pleased with the quality of materials being used and I expect the creations to last for a while.

2.) The directions are clear, include pictures, and are easy to follow. I helped my daughter with reading some of it because she isn’t a grade level reader, but she did the majority of the actual building.

3.) Each box comes with a magazine that goes over the STEM subject being explored. It includes activities, stories, and MANY other projects you can do at home with basic things you likely have on hand. It really is a lot for the price because you can use those projects for the rest of the month. The extras really drive home the STEM lesson in a fun way.

4.) The element of surprise! This goes along with the enjoyment the kids get from receiving their own mail, each time the contents are a surprise. My daughter loves opening the box and not knowing what she will be making or learning about. It helps to keep their interest.

5.) It makes it easy on parents! I put together my own homeschooling curriculum, which is a lot of work for the core subjects. I am happy to have something delivered to my doorstep, that includes everything we need. I don’t have to go out and purchase more materials, and I don’t have to put it together. I welcome easy, it’s rare!

Also, the first month I was able to get the box for 50% off just by signing up with my email and sharing a post about it on Facebook. It is worth the try, and I think it’s a great addition to homeschool.

https://www.kiwico.com/

Simple Cat or Bear Doll Sewing Homeschool Project

I have a sewing machine that doesn’t get the attention I’d like it to. I have decided to get my girls, ages 7, 5 and 4, involved in some sewing projects. They really love to create with me, and it is a wonderful skill to pass on.

So, I got the pattern from a pattern book. It is copyrighted so I can’t post it here, but honestly it is a simple design that you could draw out on your own.

I took the girls to our local walmart and let them choose the fabric they wanted. Then, we changed one of the cat patterns into a bear for my middle girl, which was done by changing the ear and belly shape, and making the face slightly different.

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Shopping for fabric

Once they picked out their fabrics, we copied the patterns onto the fabric and cut it out. I decided to add the belly, ears, and face appliques before sewing the whole doll. My 7 year old did a great job hand sewing all those pieces on! My 5 year old did it with some help, and my 4 year old watched me do it for her (she showed me how she wanted everything to help out).

My oldest daughter did some of the machine sewing herself with my supervision, which she loved.

The dolls came out looking handmade (lol) but not too shabby for our first doll project. I was proud of their participation, and they enjoyed having something uniquely theirs.

Letting Your Kids Get MESSY

Winter is winding down, slowly warming up for the newness of spring. Here in New Jersey, we had 6in of snowfall followed immediately by warm weather. Our backyard changed from a pile of snow, to a sheet of ice, to mushy mud galore.

So, what does a homeschooling family do when the weather magically turns from stuck-inside-freazing to welcome-spring-warm? Get MESSY of course!

Put those workbooks away kids, it’s time to play in the mud!

Some sad, unfortunate barbie mermaids were abandoned outside since summertime, the girl decided they needed a soapy bath.

Markos joined in the fun, playing with water and mud.

Everyone got a nice bath afterwards!

The joys of springtime are near 🙂

L

6 Awesome Things About Homeschooling

So, it is January 2018, and with the start of a new year comes renewed focus on our homeschooling goals. Although grade levels are basically irrelevant to us, I am currently schooling a 1st grader, kindergartner, and preschooler. Here are some of the awesome things that homeschooling has given to us this week.

1.) Bowling with friends counts as school-

We had some Hump Day fun with other homeschooling families at the local bowling ally. It was the first time my daughters played an entire game without loosing interest. If they went to public school/private school, we would not have been together in the early afternoon. I loved watching their excitement at hitting the pins, and it was nice to take a little break together. (The moms also had time together!)

2.) This is the age for art-

One of my beliefs about early childhood education is that art is just as important as any traditional subject. Children learn so much when given materials to create and explore with color. Imagination is important in our home! I think it’s awesome that I get to watch them create their masterpieces, rather than have them handed to me at the end of the school day.

3.) Dance like nobody is watching-

Similar to my conviction that art is extremely important for learning, I love taking my younger two daughters to dance class. It gives me time to hang out with my 1st grader and baby, while the middle two learn some new moves!

4.) Learning at their own pace-

My almost-7 yr old and my 5yr old girls are on the same reading level, but it really does not matter. At home, neither is behind or ahead, they are simply where they need to be. We can go further in some subjects, and take longer in others, according to their individual needs. Nobody gets left behind in homeschool, and nobody gets bored either!

5.) Sibling love-

I think it is really awesome that my children get to spend so much time together. They have a deep love for one another. Yes, they do fight sometimes! But, they are also best friends. One of my greatest desires as a mother is to see them maintain close friendships as they get older. I believe homeschooling helps foster that!

6. Freedom!

As a homeschooling family, we have a lot of freedom when it comes to how we learn, when we “do school”, and what tools to use to get there. I love being able to shape what our weeks, months, and years look like without being tied to a schedule that I did not create. I relish the educational and time freedom that homeschooling gives our family.

Homeschooling While Going to College

This week marks the start of the homeschooling year and, I am back in college to earn my A.A in nursing. I’m going part time but the classes are difficult! After this semester, I have 2 more classes before I officially enter nursing school (that is when life will get even crazier).

On the home front, we have a 1st grader, kindergartner, preschooler and baby brother who tags along babbling at his big sisters and eating crayons!

We do traditional workbooks, but given their age and our lifestyle we are still pretty relaxed about homeschooling. I want our children to have the freedom to play and be creative for most of the day. I have seen our oldest, who was struggling with reading, really learn a lot from a class I put her in over the summer. It was the right move, because she gained the confidence she needed to start this school year off right!

As far as how I will be getting MY schoolwork done, that isn’t as easy. It comes down to the super powers mothers have to “just find a way”. You know you have it too! Whatever it takes, it gets done. My dream of becoming a nurse is still 3 years away, but if I can survive my addiction and thrive despite my mental illness, I can do anything.

The four little faces starting back at me give me all the motivation I need!

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