Pesach is literally around the corner. Wondering what you are going to do to make your seder feel different this year than it did last year? Looking to get your kids more involved in the seder? Try out these suggestions from our faculty and students.
  1. Ask a fourth or fifth grade student how having chickens in your house can make Passover cleaning easier.
  2. Have a kindergartner talk about the feelings of the various characters involved in the Exodus story and see them empathize with them.
  3. Discuss with a seventh grader the role of the rashah or wicked child and whether that child should be included or excluded from the seder.
  4. Use the Haggadot made in the ECC.
  5. Have a first grader explain each part of the seder and share their book about the main players in the Passover story.
  6. Compare and contrast, with a third grader, the differences between an Ashkenazi seder (what most of us are used to) with a Yemenite seder.
  7. Explore the text of the Haggadah with a fifth grader. Ask them to interpret what we are reading as we move through the Haggadah.
  8. Have a 6th grader organize bedikat hametz (the search for unleavened products) and explain why the wheat for matzah is ok, but the wheat for bread is not.
  9. Watch a 4th grader recline during the seder and have them explain why.
  10. Get a math lesson from a 2nd grader as they unpack all of the ways that the number 4 is significant.
  11. Listen as students from all grades recite the Mah Nishtanah.

For more ideas, check out these two blog posts from last year. And, of course, take a look at these videos from the folks at G-d cast.

Shabbat Shalom,

Dr. Ari Yares
Head of School

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