September 2009 Archives

I’m reposting this from my classroom blog – a note to parents about how I talked with first graders about the Book of Life: To prepare for Yom Kippur, Kitah Aleph learned the traditional greeting “Chatimah Tovah”, which loosely translates […]

At the beginning of the summer, I blogged about our garden. I promised an update, both on the harvest and whether I succeeded in using the garden to teach my girls about the agricultural mitzvot. Some of our crops were bountiful. […]

Wishing you joy, peace and harmony in the year to come. With Love, Homeshuling

reprinted from the PJ Library newsletter, September 2008 This past month, my daughter Ella received a copy of The Hardest Word from the PJ Library. In this story, a giant mythical bird called the Ziz accidentally destroys a vegetable garden […]

Are you looking for a wonderful apple cake recipe? I was going to post my mom’s, but it turns out that smitten kitchen and I have the same mom. Or at least the same recipe. Her write-up is a lot […]

I’ve been a little underwhelmed thus far by my new (if you consider something from good-will new) bread machine. The bread smells great but it looks funny and has an odd texture. I’ve come up with one recipe, however, that […]

Although I’ve hardly had time to think about it, Rosh Hashanah is, in fact, just over a week away. We have a couple of new-ish family traditions (we’re a new-ish family after all); I make my mother’s Jewish apple cake […]

  better than I can make Last week, for the first time in a very, very long time, the majority of my waking hours were spent at work. In addition to being at my new home away from home for […]

Both Ella and Zoe’s PJ Library books for the month of September arrived today. Zoe ripped open the envelope to reveal “Oh, no,” said Zoe. “I hope I don’t get that book,” added Ella. Sigh.

Last week I returned to work full time after six years of part-time employment (and full time parenting, of course.) I’ve spent most of my waking hours in meetings and setting up my classroom in anticipation of the first day […]