Teaching a Lesson on Kindness through Books

“Careful the things you say, children will listen. Careful the things you do, children will see and learn.” So says Stephen Sondheim in the beginning the song “Children Will Listen.” Sometimes people forget that children are little sponges who soak it all up and they notice everything that we do. In light of everything going … Continue reading Teaching a Lesson on Kindness through Books

A lesson from Mrs. Katz and Larnel

From time to time I read a book and just say "wow" when I am done. When my four year old requested that I read Mrs Katz & Tush for bedtime one night, I really wasn't sure that she would enjoy it. The story is pretty long and Ms. Polacco tends to write about some … Continue reading A lesson from Mrs. Katz and Larnel

New (to us) Hanukkah Books to Celebrate the Season

Every year we open up the Hanukkah box and rediscover classic stories that we haven't seen in a year. There is such a joy in experiencing these classic tales that retell the story of the Maccabees, the miracle of the oil, and the spirit of the Hanukkah season. I've written about many books here and … Continue reading New (to us) Hanukkah Books to Celebrate the Season

How Ordinary Acts do Extraordinary Things

Yesterday a friend posted in her Facebook feed about creating a calendar for her kids with a month of random acts of kindness. I immediately jumped on the bandwagon because, as she said, there is nothing better that we can do then work to raise up others. Also, teaching our children, the next generation, to … Continue reading How Ordinary Acts do Extraordinary Things

Teaching the true meaning of the High Holidays

We are currently celebrating the 10 days of awe that separate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, two of the holiest days in the Jewish calendar. Technically, Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year and Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement, but that doesn't mean much to a child or to a non-Jewish person. Together, … Continue reading Teaching the true meaning of the High Holidays