This year was a challenging one for those teaching Passover in their Hebrew School classrooms. Since we had that extra month (Adar Bet) we were not in conjunction with Easter per usual on Passover. My school had our official “spring break” that goes along with the public schools in the beginning of April and after Wednesday we will be off again for all of Passover. That left me and my co-teacher with three class periods in the entire month of April.
Along with those three class periods we are preparing our students for their Siddur Party and completing a large art project of making their own Havdallah kits. All these things factored in meant there was literally ZERO time to teach about Passover.
Now, thankfully, last year we had the same students and we had spent a lot of time teaching about Passover along with our Torah unit on the book of Sh’mot. Thus I feel slightly better about basically having no time to teach about one of the biggest holidays of the Jewish year.
Hopefully you were luckier than I and had an opportunity to teach some great lessons on Passover. Even if you only had (or have) a little bit of time consider checking out my guest post on the Only Passionate Curiosity blog where I recommend my favorite Passover books for toddlers, preschools and elementary schoolers.
Regardless of what got covered in Hebrew School, I truly believe that the Seder is the most powerful opportunity for learning that exists in relation to the holiday of Passover. So here are some things you can encourage your parents to do with their children during the Seder.
The Haggadah is a big part of the Passover Seder. Younger children would benefit from their own versions adapted for their age and interests. My son is sixteen months, but even if he will have his own Haggadah this year. Here are some great options for a variety of ages:
Interactive toys like puppets are a fantastic way to keep children engaged and learning through the lengthy Seder. Here are some of my favorites:
Rite Lite Judaic Plush Passover Finger Puppets
Rite Lite Judaica Passover Plague Masks
My Soft Seder Set in Reusable Pouch
Passover Finger Puppets – The Four Questions
Ten Plush Passover Plagues
So as parents are busy in the kitchen preparing for the Seder you can have the little ones check out some Passover movies. My favorites are below:
So whatever you do to make your Seder a fun and educational experience remember that Passover is all about teaching the story to our next generation.