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April 5 - Passover I


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Kinder Kapers 

This week at Kinder Kapers is the first part of a two part exploration of Passover and its themes. This week, we will work together to practice singing the four questions, share a Passover story, and explore significant symbols of the holiday. At the end of the lesson each student will make a contribution to a collective seder plate, that will be available later in the week for you to access at your own home seders! If possible,


Kinder Kapers families should have on hand for this lesson: 

- Your family's seder plate to show over zoom to the group (if you have one with you where you are)

- Blank white paper (for drawing on) 

- Your favourite drawing implements (pencil crayons, markers, pastels, crayons etc)

I look forward to seeing you all there! 


Grade 1

In this week's lesson we will prepare for Passover through stories and games! We will read a very special story all about what Passover 2020 will look like for some families, and will include illustrations by Miriam! We will watch a short video recap of the passover story followed by a fun interactive quiz. We will explore what the different elements of the seder plate are. Finally, we will look at the question: Why is this passover different from all other passovers?


What will be special and unique about our celebrations this year? Each student will be encouraged to make a drawing, video, or other creative way of ending that statement at home. Of course, we will continue using our class mitzvah jar through to the end of the term, letting one another know of the different ways that we have shown kindness each week. 

Grade 2-3


By the end of the next two half-hour online lessons, using the Ma Nishtana song and the Seder Plate, we will learn the meaning of Passover and the Seder while reflecting how our lives today, this Passover, relate to the story and tradition.

We will sing, draw, play, discuss, and celebrate Passover using our devices, a pencil, and a paper.  


Roxy and I are excited to see you this Sunday,


Grades 4-6

In preparation for passover, this week's class will be a fun take on the 4 children of passover. 

Passover is a time where we are encouraged to ask questions so that future generations can keep retelling the story of our collective pasts as peoples. The tradition of retelling stories is the oldest way of passing down information through the generations and has been shared across many cultures of the world. The questions we ask though, might depend on our life stage, personality, perspective and mood. The 4 children embody four perspectives of how questions might be asked (or not) and we are asked to make room at the passover table for all 4 of these children. 


In our class, we will be reflecting on why we tell and retell stories in the first place by watching a video about Indigenous oral story telling traditions, and then delve into considering the way we ask questions by learning about the 4 children of passover; the wise, the wicked, the simple and the one who does not know how to ask. The kids will be asked to consider how they embody each of the four children, and we will do art- both drawing and meme creation to imagine each of their personalities. 


What to prepare: 


Please have your children prepared with their computer, paper and drawing materials of their choice and scissors (optional).


It would also be useful if you prepare your kids to know how to screenshot, crop and add text to an image. Attached are several images showing how I added text to an image if you need guidance. 









B'nai Mitzvah

Finding Freedom in a Narrow Place

In Hebrew, Egypt is called Mitzrayim. According to the mystical Jewish text the Zohar, the name comes from m’tzarim, meaning  “a narrow place” or “narrow straits.” When we were freed from Egypt, we left a place of tight control, oppression and  narrow-mindedness, a place where movement and growth was severely limited. And we didn’t necessarily know what we were moving towards. 


This week, the b’nei mitzvah class will look at the Jewish holiday dedicated to freedom, growth and transformation and connect it to this exceptional time. As a class, we’ll ask ourselves: What can freedom feel like in the narrowness of our new pace of life? What of this experience will we want to hold onto, even after life returns to “normal”?


And of course, there will be kitch, glitter, hip hop, and animated biblical musical comedy. Students are forcefully requested  to come dressed as their favourite plague. Ahem.

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B'nai Mitzvah      10:00am - 11:00am
Grades 4-6         11:00am - 12:00pm
Grades 2-3          12:00pm - 12:30pm
Grade 1                12:30pm - 1:00pm
Singing                1:00pm - 1:10pm
Kinder Kapers      1:10pm - 1:45pm