Jewish Journal


August 28, 2008

Back to school, Yiddish for kids

Scroll down -- all the way down -- for quiz answers


Back to School ... Again

Hard to believe, but it is already time to go back to school. Where did the summer go?

As the new school year begins, there are some fun things to look forward to: For instance, have you gone shopping for new clothes yet? Did you get an awesome Batman or Zac Ephron folder? Are you excited to see your friends again? And just think: only a few more months until Thanksgiving!

Class Act

YeLAdim decided to register for classes, but something funny happened to the computer. Instead of listing the name of the class, it printed out clues that begin with the letter B. Can you help straighten things out before the bell rings? BR>

Classes: drama, English, Hebrew, history, lunch, math, physical education, typing, science

8:10-8:59: backspace 8:10-8:59:__________________
9:02-9:51: billions 9:02-9:51:__________________
9:54-10:43: bibliography 9:54-10:43:__________________
10:46-11:35: battles 10:46-11:35:__________________
11:38-12:27: bet 11:38-12:27:__________________
12:30-12:57: bread 12:30-12:57:__________________
1:00-1:49: basketball 1:00-1:49:__________________
1:52-2:41: beakers 1:52-2:41:__________________
2:44-3:33: backstage 2:44-3:33:__________________

Deep-Sea Schooltime

The learning continues ... under the sea. On Tuesday, Sept. 16, the Aquarium of the Pacific offers a trip to a coral reef specifically for preschoolers. Learn about the amazing creatures that live there and the importance of the reef to the ocean ecosystem -- not to mention that you get to see these animals for yourself and take home a colorful coral reef craft. $24 (per kid), $19 (for members) 2:30-4:30 p.m. 4- to 5-year-olds. For more information, call (562) 951-1630 or visit http://www.aquariumofpacific.org.

Off the Page

Do your grandparents ever talk in Yiddish when they don't want you to know what's going on? Well Aaron has that problem, too. He really wants to learn Yiddish and read his Zayde's books. But he was told he is too young to learn it. Will Aaron still want to learn Yiddish when he is old enough? Find out in "Too Young for Yiddish" by Richard Michelson, with illustrations by Neil Waldman (Charlesbridge, 2002). It's a great book to get back into "learning mode," because the story is filled with Yiddish phrases (and has a dictionary in the back with words like tummel, gevalt and shlep) and includes a history of Yiddish. The really cool part -- there's a note on the front that says: "Like a Yiddish book, this book begins on the other side."

Quiz answers:

typing, math, English, history, Hebrew, Lunch, physical education, science, drama

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