Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.
Passover Celebration for Jewish Families Is a Special Holiday
Celebrate Passover With This Special Story and Picture Book
D.J. Steinberg's Passover, Here I Come is a delightful story and picture book to introduce young children to this special celebration. Jewish families will soon celebrate this special time of year and young children will relate to the activities that are told in the story and featured in the illustrations. The house is cleaned from top to bottom to prepare for the holiday. Matsoh bread is prepared as a yummy treat to take the place of ordinary bread. The Seder meal is prepared for the family and guests. Aunts, uncles, and cousins are all invited to the family's seder meal. Grandpa reades the story of Passover from the Haggadah. Grape juice is a part of the celebration with the family in the story. Children must go on a treasure hunt to find the special matzoh. Grandpa gives a prize to everyone. What will Mom make for the special breakfast?
The text for Passover, Here I Come is written in rhymes. The special vocabulary words that are associated with Passover are a special feature. Emanuel Wiemans contributed his talents as an illustrator with colorful and real-life illustrations of how families celebrate this special time on the Jewish calendar. A special illustration of the Seder plate is of special interest. The illustration features the dishes that are part of the Seder meal with explanations of why each particular food is served. A special recipe for Mom's best matzoh is included in the story.
Passover, Here I Come was published by Grosset&Dunlap, a division of Penguin/Random House and has an ISBN of 978-0-593-22403-8. It is recommended for ages 5-8.
Colorful Illustrations Help Tell the Story of Passover Celebration
Bring Passover, Here I Come to Your Classroom
I always enjoyed teaching lessons about special holidays in my early childhood classroom. Picture books and stories were always my go-to tool to introduce topics to my students. I did teach about Passover in my classroom because my students had fun with learning about other cultural celebrations. I taught multicultural celebrations because I lived in a large city with many types of students. My city had a large Jewish community and I occasionally had students from Jewiish families.
*Read Passover, Here I Come in a story time session. Take a class poll of how many students you have that come from Jewish families. How many students might have friends from Jewish families?
*Invite a parent or someone from the Jewish community in your town to bring matzoh bread for your students to taste.
*Prepare a Seder plate as shown in the illustration in the story.
*Prepare a matzoh ball soup for your students to taste. I often brought in special foods for my students to have a tastin party when celebrating a special holiday.
*Prepare the recipe from the book. I often offered cooking actitivites for children to learn about special foods. Cooking activities in the classroom add to learning. The recipe for Mom's Best Matzoh Brei from the story is classroom-friendly. An electric skillet will be needed.
*Prepare a dramtic play activity for children to reinact the treasure hunt from the story that children participate in for Passover. The special hunt is referred to as afikomen time. Have prizes for everyone.
*Include the history of Passover story activity from the book. Have a globe available for student to locate the Red Sea.
*Passover will be celebrated on April 15-22 for this year 2022. Invite a parent of other community member who celebrates Passover to the classroom to share with students any other special activity that is part of the Passover celebration for Jewish families in the community.
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