Homeshuling

Homeshuling


Homeschooling is not the same thing as homeshuling

posted by Homeshuling
Yesterday was the last day of school for my first grader, who attends a Jewish day school. Although I’m a Jewish educator by profession, I count on her school to do most of the education. Granted, I was her teacher this year, but let’s not quibble over the details. I’ll still expect her to do most of her formal learning in school next year, when she’s in someone else’s hands. We home shul, but we emphatically do not home school. Way too hard.
Here’s a video I made for families of some of the highlights of the year in first grade. You’ll see kids blowing the shofar, picking apples for Rosh Hashanah, visiting a sukkah, decorating mezuzahs, playing twister in Hebrew, creating a giant mural of Mt. Sinai, and reading Hebrew books. There are also a few shots that look like they were taken at cheder in the shtetl - it was actually a trip to a living history museum.  Every time I watch the video, and I look at the smiles on the faces of these kids immersed in Jewish learning, I am reminded of why we pay day school tuition. (Click here and here for a few more reasons.)

Kitah Aleph – Hebrew version @ Yahoo! Video

Unfortunately, the audio cuts off quite abruptly at the end. I’m still learning how to use Imovie….



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Helaine Becker

posted June 17, 2010 at 10:38 am


By airing this you realize that all of us who can not afford Hebrew school for their children look at this as painful. Also this comment is for all those who are special needs parents who the mainstream Hebrew schools shake off our young. I will show this to my children for what they should have had, and I had on scholarship.



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Homeshuling

posted June 17, 2010 at 10:47 am


Helaine, I in no way intended my post to be painful. I apologize if if had that effect. I should have mentioned that we receive *significant* financial aid to be able to send our two daughters to a Jewish day school next year, and it still involves major sacrifice on our part to put together the funds. Still, I recognize that not every school is able to be as supportive as ours, and not every family has the means.



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Becky Carlson

posted June 19, 2010 at 8:49 pm


My kids homeschooled for periods of time, on and off. Homeschooling was MUCH easier than dealing with any school–and we were in private and public schools. People think homeschooling is way too hard to do, but in reality, if you like spending time with your family, it is a joyful challenge. If I had it to do all over again, I would never send my kids to public or private school. Homeschooling is a lifestyle and it enriched all of our lives. For us, a quality Jewish Day School might be a good second choice.



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Kelli Goldin

posted June 28, 2010 at 8:13 pm


How wonderful to see such an active and vibrant Jewish day school! Thanks so much for sharing!



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