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    Passover Holiday Information

    SHALOM & WELCOME to a celebration of the Jewish Holiday of Pesach (Passover) Passover is the 8 day observance commemorating the freedom and exodus of the Israelites (Jewish slaves) from Egypt during the reign of the Pharaoh Ramses II. A time of family gatherings and lavish meals called Seders, the story of Passover is retold through the reading of the Haggadah. With its special foods, songs, and customs, the Seder is the focal point of the Passover celebration. Passover begins on the 15th day of the Jewish month of Nissan. As the Jewish day begins at sundown the night before. Did You Know Passover? Facts...

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    Arbor Day

    The world community continues its efforts to go green. Certain holidays have been observed for years to commemorate greener practices. While Earth Day and World Water Day are among the most prominent of such holidays, Arbor Day is another important date. While its roots are historically more agricultural in nature, this holiday has evolved into an increasingly popular way to celebrate trees and their growth. Arbor Day is a holiday dedicated to growing trees. People participate both individually and as a part of groups around the world. Many public schools also participate by offering education programs on the importance of...

Mother’s Day Vase Kids’ Craft

Are you looking for a crafty way to celebrate Mother’s Day? Kids can create a hand-decorated vase that they then fill with fresh cut flowers. This easy art activity is perfect for kids in preschool and up. Along with being a fun way to tell mom, “I love you” on her special day, it also doubles as a recycling/reuse project. Use a mason jar or wash out another type of glass jar (such as a spaghetti sauce jar) for this project. Materials: Glass jar Tissue paper Scissors Clear-drying school glue A paintbrush Instructions: Make sure that the jar is completely...

5 Family-Friendly Mother’s Day Ideas

May means celebrating the woman who matters most  -- mom! Mother’s Day is the perfect time to let that special lady know just how important she is. How can you make mom feel like she’s number one on her ‘day’? Check out these Mother’s Day activities for moms and kids to do together: Make a meal. Sure, you want to treat mom to breakfast in bed. But, isn’t it more fun to have the whole family cook together? Plan a menu of items that the kids can help out with too (that means mom isn’t the only one in the...

Cinco de Mayo Learning Activities for Kids

May 5th marks Cinco de Mayo! This celebration of Mexican culture and heritage. Take the time on this holiday to help your child learn about Mexico, its history and the people of the country. How? Check out these child-friendly activities that promote learning and celebration. Read a book. Visit the local library and look for age-appropriate books on Mexico. You can choose a focus – such as culture, history or notable people. Books for younger children include titles such as Look What Came from Mexico by Miles Harvey, Fiesta by June Behrens or Frida by Jonah Winter and Ana Juan....

How to Plant an Arbor Day Tree

What’s the perfect day to plant a tree? Arbor Day! That said, throwing a few seeds into the ground or buying the first sapling you see at the home improvement and yard store simply won’t do. Understanding what type of tree to pick and how to plant are key to your Arbor Day activity. What do you need to know before you’re ready to go and grow? Match the tree to your purpose. Do you eventually want to shade an area? You’ll need a larger tree with longer branches. Maybe you want something that adds color to your yard. You’ll...

How To Celebrate Administrative Professionals Day

Administrative Professionals Day is celebrated on the last Wednesday of April. Each year we recognize office professionals who works as secretaries, assistants and in other administrative roles. Whether you’re the boss or part of the office team, celebrating Administrative Professionals Day should include more than a card, house plant with a bow on it or bouquet of flowers. How can you recognize the administrative pros in your life? Make lunch extra special. Everyone takes their administrative assistant out to lunch. You want to do something that goes above and beyond. Set up an in-office buffet that features everyone’s favorite foods...

Earth Day Globe Craft for Preschoolers

Earth Day crafts for kids don’t have to be complicated or focused on skills that only older children have. Your preschooler is ready to join in on the eco-friendly fun, and wants a craft to match her age and stage. Turn a few pieces of scrap felt into an Earth game that also doubles as a cute kids’ craft! How? Start by searching your art material bin for extra felt from other craft projects. This pulls in the reuse and recycle Earth Day theme. Materials: Scrap felt in blue, green, brown and white (if you don’t have all of the...

Passover Afikoman Craft for Kids

As part of the Passover Seder families hide the afikoman – a piece of matzah that is saved for after the meal. Traditionally, the afikoman is wrapped in a cloth or napkin and placed aside during dinner. Adding to the holiday fun, the adults can hide the wrapped piece of matzah for the children to find. Make hiding the afikoman even more fun and have the kids create their own Passover ‘napkin’ to hold the matzah. How? Grab some craft felt and make a reusable afikoman holder to take out every year on the Passover holiday! Materials: Craft felt (choose...

Arbor Day Celebration Ideas for Kids

You hugged a few trees on Earth Day, but now it’s time for another eco-friendly holiday – Arbor Day! While National Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday of April, some states hold the day on different dates (due to seasonal planting times). What can you, and your family, do to celebrate this tree planting holiday? Plant a tree. Obviously, planting a tree is ‘the’ way to celebrate Arbor Day. If you’ve got room in your yard, choose a type of tree to plant and care for. Start from a seed or purchase a young tree. Make sure that...

Host an Earth Day Clean-Up Event

Earth Day is coming up and you want to hold your own event. Now all you have to do is plan it. What should you do and what’s your next step? Get the kids and the community involved, and set up an outdoor clean-up for Earth Day! Pick a space. Ask your local neighborhood park association (or other park/community organization) if you can hold a clean-up. If the park isn’t an option, ask the kids’ school if they are willing to sponsor your event at the playground or other outdoor area. Avoid areas that border busy streets (especially if you...

Celebrate World Book and Copyright Day

April 23rd marks World Book and Copyright Day. Created to highlight literature, this holiday is also the date when some of the great world authors (Shakespeare, Cervantes and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega) died. In recognition of this day, treat your child to some literature-themed activities! What can you do to celebrate World Book and Copyright Day at home? Read a book. This is the easiest (and most obvious) way to celebrate the day. Instead of sticking to the same old stories, set this day apart by exploring a new-to-you author. Take a trip to the library and check out...