Archive for the ‘Socialization’ Category



4 December 2011

-Homeschooling? Aren’t you worried about the kids’ socialization?

-Yes, we are! That is why we homeschool!


Friday the 23rd of September 2011

24 September 2011

So, yesterday we had our 5th Friday-lesson since the start.

First lesson – Bible. Last time we left off with John the Baptist, so this lesson was focused on Yeshua’s ministry, which caused a slight overlap with the NT class. With the difference that now we went quickly through all of his ministry in one short lesson, and in the NT class it will take us a year. We read from Nicodemus till crucifixion.


Second lesson – Hebrew Literature. We’re taking a break from the stories about friendship to focus on the upcoming holidays now. Today’s focus was on Rosh haShana, the New Year, that is in another week. We spoke about the holiday in general, and read a short story. Then we sang two holiday songs:

The first one was “Matana leRosh haShana” (Gift for Rosh haShana) by Leah Naor:


The second one was “Chodesh Tishrei” (The Month of Tishrei) by Datia Ben-Dor that speaks of all four holidays we have this month (First verse from minute 4, and second verse from around 6 I think – it’s from the children’s program Parpar Nehcmad, from the 80s):


after that they both had questions and assignments relating to the holiday and the songs.


Third lesson was NT. We covered three stories – In Kana, turning water to wine (John 2), In the Nazareth synagogue where he was almost pushed over a cliff (Luke 4), and In the Kfar Nachum (Capernaum) synagogue where he threw out a demon, and later healed Peter’s Mother in law (Mark 1). I let them wash their hands in a bowl and then asked if they’d like to drink it – because that’s the kind of water Yeshua used. Then we spoke of how he can purify our hearts, just as he did with the water.


Fourth lesson was Social Science, where we finished the first chapter about identity in the social context of a school class. This time it was about how to make rules for the class – the context from the previous week was that kids who were left out would not feel left out if there are rules that establish that their birthdays are celebrated, if they’re hospitalized they get visits etc. Not very relevant to us, so we looked at the rules the class made in the book and decided which would work and not in a homeschool environment, and saw the differences.


We had some time over after that, so with the New Year coming up, we quickly also went through the Jewish months of the year. I drew them on the chart, we defined seasons and holidays, and sang the month-song by Naomi Shemer (here sung by Ofra Haza):


Today it’s Shabbat, and we’re home. I was Sabbath School teacher this morning in the congregation, first time since the new school year started, which means that it’s the first time my son (Prof) is in my Sabbath School class. Now it’s almost 17:00, and they are outside riding their bikes and playing with the neighbor’s kids.


Shabbat Shalom!


A month

21 September 2011

We are now a month along with the homeschooling and I can not believe how fast the time is going. A month already!!! We love our new lifestyle and this week we got to taste one of the befefits. On Sunday afternoon Hugsy was very tired, and soon I figured out she had high fever. For two days she was sick. In the past when the kids went to public school/kindergarten we always had big problems every time one of the kids was sick, because I could neither leave them home alone, nor drag them out for an hours walk to school. Every time I would need to find a babysitter, or someone who could bring the kids from school, or just simply keep the healthy kids home.(We don’t own a car). Now that the kids are homeschooled we don’t have this problem anymore.

Homeschooling is very rare in Israel and most people probably don’t even know that it exists. I keep wondering if our neighbors have noticed that our kids are not going to school in the morning…

Our kids love being homeschooled. Not even once have they said that they miss public school and I really don’t think they do. Both of them have experience from bulliers.  They thank us for letting them be home. Friends they don’t miss either. In fact they are better friends with the kids in the neighborhood than they ever were with the kids in school. Somehow there is a whole other set of rules in the neighborhood than it is in school.
Not only do they have more friends now – they also have more time for them since they no longer spend 34 hours/week in school + homework in the afternoon. In first grade in public school, Prof would many days come home from school, eat dinner, do homework and go straight to bed. That is SO unfair to a 6-year-old.