Introduction to Teaching

It is possible to spend one or more lessons on each person. Below is a quick guide to how many activities given for each character and a suggestion for how many weeks to teach the topic.

When teaching a topic for more than one week, your introduction will be a recap on the week before and what the children already know about the character. The main teaching can be split or repeated. The plenary can be left out or repeated as necessary. Sometimes, the plenary can be used to introduce the following week’s activity.

One way to bind together the whole curriculum is to add all the lessons into a Torah scroll for each child. If this is the plan, it is important to collect each creative output and add it to a scroll in the end. Alternatively the children can make a communal scroll, and in that last session each child or pair of children decorates one image from one of the stories, which is then added to the larger scroll (can be oversized) and potentially used for either Simchat Torah or Shavuot.
A scroll can be made of normal A4 paper and the ‘eytzim’ (wood handles) can be made of wooden barbecue skewers or disposable wooden chopsticks. It is best to use a hot glue gun to add the wood handles. Colourful piper cleaners are good for making decorations for the scroll.

 

Character

Suggested number of lessons

Number of activity options per topic

Creation – Adam and Eve

2-3 lessons

5 activity options

Cain and Abel

1-3 lessons

5 activity options

Noah

1-3 lessons

5 activity options

Abraham and Sarah

2-4 lessons

8 activity options

Isaac and Rebekah

2-4 lessons

6 activity options

Jacob

2-3 lessons

5 activity options

Joseph

2-3 lessons

5 activity options

Moses

3-6 lessons

6 topics with 3-5 activity options