Thursday, March 25, 2010

Four Special Questions

We were learning more about Passover this week – its history and how it’s celebrated today. I picked a few books for Anna on the subject. One of the more age appropriate ones was Four Special Questions that deals with Passover celebrations from a child’s point of view. The book talks about Seder preparations, special Seder plate and special questions that are read by the youngest child at the table who can read. Anna was very interested in this part, so we had to track actual questions (and answers) to them in more advanced Passover books. One special Passover tradition is leaving a special glass of wine for Elijah – a famous prophet from Old Testament. There is also a part of Seder when the door is open for Elijah to enter. Jews believe that Elijah will return to announce Messiah’s arrival.

Mar22_Glass As a story extension, we have made an Elijah Cup with a plastic glass, window crayons and stickers. Anna was quite excited about this project because she never worked with these materials before. She selected motivational stickers and carefully stuck them around the rim. Then she spent quite a long time painting her Elijah Cup. She also quite enjoyed hearing how her voice changes when she talks into it.

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20 comments:

MaryAnne said...

Anna looks very pleased with her cup, and this sounds like a great project!

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sbswtp said...

What a great project!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I love that she talked to into it!

Ticia said...

What a great project! That'd be so popular here.
That looks like it's from the same series as the Passover book I was telling you about.
Sigh, I hear my kids chanting "poop" over and over again, this is not sounding good. Better go deal with that.

Jolly Green Mommy said...

Great project! We made a cup for Elijah too this week. I will be posting more about it later this week. Also if you ever have any questions about anything like this (ie. the four questions), feel free to drop me a line. My background is Jewish Education.

Brimful Curiosities said...

Love the colorful Elijah Cup. I wasn't familiar with this tradition so learned something new today!

Debbie said...

Anna did a great job decorating her Elijah Cup! That is cute that she liked how her voice changed when talking into it. Selena loves that as well.

Playing by the book said...

Aren't window crayons fun! We only recently discovered them but my kids adore them! The cup looks great.

Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

Very cool - what a great way to help her connect to the holiday! Next time post a close-up picture of the cup! I'd love to see her masterpiece in all its glory. :)

Kelly said...

Wonderful project! It looks very nice.

vanessa said...

How creative! I'm glad she had so much fun.

Christy said...

This is a great project! My kids love window markers!

Autumn said...

That looks like such a fun cup!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

What a great idea! I love the motivational stickers around the rim... so cute!

Jenny said...

What a cool project!

Michelle said...

This is a great project!! It is so exciting that she had so much fun working on it too.

Thanks for linking up to stART :0)

April said...

I have been wanting to buy window markers forever but I have been putting it off because I'm not sure if I want to show my daughter the idea of writing on windows (she might not understand that she should only use a certain type of marker). It looked like your daughter had so much fun, I was not familiar with that tradition.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Window markers on a glass is a great idea!

April said...

I just wanted to let you know that I linked to this post on my blog:

http://apgacruz.blogspot.com/2010/03/spring-bouquet-toddler-style.html