Parashah Va’Era – “I Appeared”

Please join my family in studying the Scriptures for this week’s Parashah Va’Era, which means “I Appeared”.


Scripture Readings:

  •  Torah – Exodus 6:2-9:35
  •  Haftarah:  Ezekiel 28:25-29:21

B’rit Chadashah (New Covenant)

  •  Bestort HaGe’ulah (Gospels):  Luke 11:14-22
  •  Iggerot (Letters): Romans 9:14-33

Parashah in a Nutshell:  G‑d reveals Himself to Moses. Employing the “four expressions of redemption,” He promises to take out the Children of Israel from Egypt, deliver them from their enslavement, redeem them, and acquire them as His own chosen people at Mount Sinai; He will then bring them to the land He promised to the Patriarchs as their eternal heritage.

Moses and Aaron repeatedly come before Pharaoh to demand in the name of G‑d, “Let My people go, so that they may serve Me in the wilderness.” Pharaoh repeatedly refuses. Aaron’s staff turns into a snake and swallows the magic sticks of the Egyptian sorcerers. G‑d then sends a series of plagues upon the Egyptians.

The waters of the Nile turn to blood; swarms of frogs overrun the land; lice infest all men and beasts. Hordes of wild animals invade the cities; a pestilence kills the domestic animals; painful boils afflict the Egyptians. For the seventh plague, fire and ice combine to descend from the skies as a devastating hail. Still, “the heart of Pharaoh was hardened and he would not let the children of Israel go, as G‑d had said to Moses.”

Study Aids, Children’s Activities, Projects, and Homeschool Connections:

  1. Audio of Torah Parashah
  2. YMTOI Parashah Pearls for Va’Era (Has Snack and Craft Ideas)
  3. Torah Explorers
  4. Adult Study
  5. Torah Class (Just choose Old Testament Studies, Exodus, and chapters 6-9)
  6. Video:  Context for Kids – “Va’Era”
  7. Video: Torah for Children – “Va’Era”
  8. Video:  G-d Cast (BimBam) – “Va’Era”
  9. Video: Animated 10 Commandments Movie
  10. Homeschool Connection:
  • Language Arts – Write an essay on the Ten Plagues. Why did G-d send them? What Egyptian gods did they target? What were the plagues significance.
  • Copy Work – Exodus 9:16
  • Hebrew Lesson – Nun
  • Art – Make a collage of the plagues discussed in this Parashah. Use watercolor, oil pastels or other medium to create the collage.

Based upon all these resources, I created this Parashah Vaera Worksheet for my children to use to study and dig into G-d’s word for this week’s Parashah.





Calendar Time


Every morning before my five year old begins his kindergarten work, we complete a Calendar Time worksheet. It’s proven to be a fun way for us to ease into our homeschool day.

For our Calendar Time in kindergarten, we go over the days of week, months of the year, seasons, weather, temperature, and time telling concepts. Since he enjoys video learning, I have developed a YouTube play list for Calendar Time.

Calendar Time provides time for him to get adjusted to the day and warm up his handwriting before we dive into his kindergarten curriculum.  This has helped to reduce the reluctance of wanting to start his school work.

Calendar Time can be customized to meet the needs of your family and child. It can even be implemented with older children and include warm-ups of language arts, math, and problem solving skills or even cover upcoming Holy Days or holidays that your family celebrate.  Typically, for older children the term “Bell Ringers” is used. Bell Ringer Journals are available online for download from various teacher-to-teacher sites for a nominal fee or be creative and make your own.






Parashah Vayera “He Appeared”

Please join our family in studying the Scriptures for this week’s Parashah Vayera, which means “He Appeared.”


Scripture Readings:

  • Torah:  Genesis 18:1-22:24
  • Haftarah: II Kings 4:1–37
  • B’rit Chadashah (New Covenant)
    • Bestort HaGe’ulah (Gospels):  Luke 2:1-38
    • Iggerot (Letters): 2 Peter 2:4–11

Parashah in a Nut Shell:  In this week’s Parashah, G‑d reveals Himself to Abraham three days after the his circumcision at age ninety-nine.  Abraham rushes off to prepare a meal for three guests who appear in the desert heat. One of the three announces that, in exactly one year, the barren Sarah will give birth to a son. Sarah responds by laughing.

Abraham pleads with G‑d to spare the wicked city of Sodom. Two of the three disguised angels arrive and Lot extends his hospitality to them; as well as, protects them from the evil intentions of a Sodomite mob. The two guests reveal that they have come to save Lot and his family. Lot’s wife turns into a pillar of salt when she disobeys and looks back at the burning city as they flee.

While taking shelter in a cave, Lot’s two daughters (believing that they and their father are the only ones left alive in the world) get their father drunk, lie with him and become pregnant. The two sons born from this incident father the nations of Moab and Ammon.

Abraham moves to Gerar, where the Philistine king Abimelech takes Sarah—who is presented as Abraham’s sister—to his palace. In a dream, G‑d warns Abimelech that he will die unless he returns the woman to her husband. Abraham explains that he feared he would be killed over the beautiful Sarah.

G‑d remembers His promise to Sarah, and gives her and Abraham a son, who is named Isaac (Yitzchak, meaning “will laugh”). Isaac is circumcised at the age of eight days; Abraham is one hundred years old, and Sarah ninety, at their child’s birth.

Hagar and Ishmael are banished from Abraham’s home and wander in the desert.   G‑d hears the cry of the dying lad, and saves his life by showing his mother a well. Abimelech makes a treaty with Abraham at Beersheba and Abraham gives him seven sheep as a sign of their truce.

G‑d tests Abraham’s devotion by commanding him to sacrifice Isaac on Mount Moriah (the Temple Mount) in Jerusalem. Isaac is bound and placed on the altar, and Abraham raises the knife to slaughter his son. A voice from heaven calls to stop him; a ram, caught in the undergrowth by its horns, is offered in Isaac’s place. Abraham receives the news of the birth of a daughter, Rebecca, to his nephew Bethuel.

Study Aids, Children’s Activities, Projects, and Homeschool Connections:

  1. Audio of Torah Parashah
  2. YMTOI Parashah Pearls for Vayera (Has Snack and Craft Ideas)
  3. Torah Explorers
  4. Adult Study
  5. Torah Class for Ch. 18, Ch. 19, Ch. 20, Ch. 21, Ch. 22
  6. Video:  Context for Kids – Vayera
  7. Video:  Torah for Children – Vayera
  8. Video:  The Parsha Experiment: – Vayeira: the Power of Abraham’s Influence
  9. Video:  Shaboom! Hachnasat Orchim: How to Make People Feel Welcome (Hachnasat orchim is the Jewish value of making guests feel welcome.)
  10. Video:  Shalom Sesame: Abraham and the Three Visitors
  11. Song: Three Guests Are Coming to Visit Us 
  12. Song:  Home, Home in My Tent
  13. Craft: Welcome Mat
  14. Craft: Salt Art – Lot’s Wife
  15. Snack: Roasted Pepper Dips
  16. Snack: Homemade Matzah with Butter
  17. Snack:  Barley Cake
  18. Activity:  Washing of Feet (Genesis 18:4)
  19. Activity:  Teaching Children About Hospitality
  20. Homeschool Connection:
    • Language Arts:  Write an essay on what it means to practice haschanasat orchim or hospitality. What can we do to make guests welcome in our home?
    • Copy Work: Copy Genesis 18:3 in your best handwriting.  Worksheet – gen183
    • Social Studies – Research the timeframe of the Parashah and add the following elements of the Parashah to your timeline – the 3 visitors, Isaac’s birth, destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Hagar and Ishmael are banished, and the binding of Isaac.  Label your map the ancient middle east with Sodom and Gomorrah.
    • Science: Video – What is Sulfur?  Read:  Sulfur Facts Video – Sulfur Experiment  Either write an essay or give an oral presentation on what you have learned about sulfur.
    • Art: Video- Where does a Shofar Come From and How is it made? Coloring Page
    • Music: Learn the songs listed above. Video – Learn to play the shofar.
    • Hebrew Lesson – Dalet





Parashah Lech Lecha “Go Forth”

Please join our family in reading Scriptures for Parashah Lech Lecha, which means “Go Forth”.


Scripture Readings:

  • Torah:  Genesis 12:1-17:27
  • Haftarah: Isaiah 40:27-41:16
  • B’rit Chadashah (New Covenant)
    • Bestort HaGe’ulah (Gospels):  Matthew 1:1-17
    • Iggerot (Letters): 1 Peter3:18-22 and Romans 4:1-25

Parashah in a Nutshell: 

In this week’s Parashah, G‑d calls Abram commanding him, “Go from your land, from your birthplace and from your father’s house, to the land which I will show you.” G‑d tells him he will be made into a great nation. Abram, his wife, Sarai, and his nephew Lot, journey to the land of Canaan.  Abram builds an altar and continues to spread the message of a one G‑d.

A famine forces them depart Canaan for Egypt. Before entering Egypt, Abram tells his wife because of her beauty they will kill him and let her live. He tells his wife to tell everyone that she is his sister. The princes saw her and they thought she was very beautiful and she was taken into Pharaoh’s palace. Abram escapes death because they present themselves as brother and sister. A plague prevents the Egyptian king from touching her, and convinces him to return her to Abram and to compensate the brother-revealed-as-husband with gold, silver and cattle, as if Pharaoh was paying a bride’s price. This same type of pattern will be repeated during the Exodus with Moses.

They travel back in the land of Canaan and Lot separates from Abram and settles in the evil city of Sodom where he falls captive when the mighty armies of Chedorlaomer and his three allies conquer the five cities of the Sodom Valley. Abram sets out with a small band to rescue his nephew, defeats the four kings, and is blessed by Malki-Zedek the king of Salem (Jerusalem). Abram gave the king a tenth of everything.

G‑d seals the Covenant Between the Parts with Abram, in which the exile and persecution of the people of Israel is foretold, and the Holy Land is bequeathed to them as their eternal heritage.

Still childless ten years after their arrival in the Land, Sarai tells Abram to marry her maidservant Hagar. Hagar conceives, becomes insolent toward her mistress, and then flees when Sarai treats her harshly. An angel convinces her to return, and tells her that her son will father a populous nation. Ishmael is born in Abram’s eighty-sixth year.

Thirteen years later, G‑d changes Abram’s name to Abraham, which means “father of multitudes”, and Sarai’s to Sarah, which means “princess”, and promises that a son will be born to them.  This child is named Isaac, which means “will laugh”, will stem the great nation with which G‑d will establish His special bond. Abraham is commanded to circumcise himself and his descendants as a “sign of the covenant between Me and you.” Abraham immediately complies, circumcising himself and all the males of his household.

Study helps, Children’s Activities, Projects, and Homeschool Connections:

  1. Audio of Torah Readings with Summary and Commentaries
  2. Quick Study
  3. Adult Study Outline
  4. Children’s Study Outline
  5. Torah Class Studies on Genesis – Ch. 12, Ch. 13, Ch. 13 part 2, Ch. 14, Ch. 15, Ch. 16, and Ch. 17
  6. The Parsha Experiment – Lech Lecha (Video)
  7. Lech Lecha for Kids (Video)
  8. Torah Tots: Lech Lecha (Video)
  9. Craft & Treat Ideas:
  10. Hebrew Lesson: Gimmel
  11. Homeschool Extension Activities: These are suggestions on how to incorporate the Torah Parashah into your homeschool curriculum.



Grammar Course

This is a half-credit remedial grammar course that I developed for childiadren in order to help them understand the parts of speech. This course would be appropriate for upper elementary school to middle school aged children or those struggling with understanding these concepts.

The first part of the course is presented in a traditional Charlotte Mason method, and the second half using a project pack and  workbook. There are several resources used in this course. Some are available online for free others are required purchases.

You could add several literature selections and spelling to this course to create a one-credit language arts class.


(1) Grammar-land by M.L. Nesbitt.  A hard copy of the book can be purchased through Amazon or downloaded onto a Kindle.  You can download the text for free on Google Books or accessed for free online at Internet Archive.  The LibriVox (audiobook) can also be downloaded.

(2)  Daily Grammar website for better understanding of the parts of speech introduced in the book.

(3) A project pack, Operation: English Grammar, which can be purchased from Currclick.

(4) The Sentence English Workbook which can be purchased from Milestone Books.


Before beginning to read Grammar-land, download the worksheets for the book.

Day 1:  Read the introduction of Grammar-land.  Answer the following questions:  What is Grammar-land?  Where is Grammar-land?  Have you ever been to Grammar-land?  Who is Judge Grammar? Who are the nine parts of speech?

Day 2:  Read Chapter 1 and complete worksheet.

Day 3:  Read Chapter 2 and complete worksheet.

Day 4: Read Chapter 3 and complete worksheet.

Day 5: Read Chapter 4 and complete worksheet.

Day 7: Read Chapter 5 and complete worksheet.

Day 8:  Read Chapter 6 and complete worksheet.

Day 10:  Read Chapter 7 and complete worksheet.

Day 11: Read Chapter 8 and complete worksheet.

Day 12:  Read Chapter 9 and complete worksheet.

Day 13: Read Chapter 10 and complete worksheet.

Day 14:  Read Chapter 11 and complete worksheet.

Day 15: Read Chapter 12 and complete worksheet.

Day 16: Read Chapter 13 and complete worksheet.

Day 17:  Read Chapter 14 and complete worksheet.

Day 18:  Read Chapter 15 and complete worksheet.

Day 19:  Read Chapter 16 and complete worksheet.

Day 20: Read Chapter 17 and complete worksheet.

Day 21 – 39: Complete six exercises each day in Daily Grammar under the heading of Parts of Speech. Alternatively, you can purchase The Eight Parts of Speech Workbook from Milestone Books and complete a page a day in the workbook.

Day 40-57:  Complete the  Project Pack Operation: English Grammar, which can be purchased from Currclick.

Day 58-90:  Sentence Study. A Sentence is a group of words that expresses a complete thought. All sentences have two parts – the subject (tells who or what the sentence is about) and a predicate (tells what the subject does or is).

  1. View this video on how to diagram a sentence.
  2. View this video on how to diagram sentences.

Complete a worksheet a day from the Sentence English Workbook for Days 58 – 90.