Dec 17 2012
I found out about the massacre in Sandy Hook Friday midday. A friend of mine mentioned in an email, “Hug your boys tight given the horrendous news that came out.” Huh?
I went to NPR.org and my knees weakened. Any shooting tragedy is, well, tragic. But the headline mentioning that dozens of the victims were children–young children gunned down in their classroom–was too much to even process. And the school principal and psychologist shot as they rushed to try and stop the killer… unspeakably miserably profoundly deeply sickening. Read the rest of this entry →
Oct 26 2012
This week’s most popular posts from Raising Kvell, in case you missed them.
- My Kids Do Plenty of Chores But Don’t Get An Allowance. No one in Alina’s house is paid for contributing to the maintenance of the household. If the kids want spending money, they have to make it themselves.
– Why We Chose A Jewish Day School Over Public School. Avital and her husband put off making a decision about their children’s schooling for as long as they could. Between public school, montessori school, and Jewish day school, they had several good options, and while Avital was leaning toward the Jewish school, her husband wasn’t leaning with her. Read about how and why they ended up at a Solomon Schechter day school.
– Can We Afford Jewish High School? One family that has been sending their kids to day school through middle school now has to make a decision about high school. With a double curriculum and a massive price tag, the choice isn’t going to be easy.
– Shopping For My Daughter’s First Bra. Have you ever said a blessing in a department store dressing room? This mom (and rabbi) took her daughter bra shopping, and celebrated the beginning of womanhood with the shehecheyanu prayer.
Oct 23 2012
I do a lot of things in my life. I’m an actress, a mom, a vegan, a homeschooler. I’m a traditional and observant-loving Jewish mama. I’m also the spokeswoman for Texas Instruments Education Technology. Here’s an example of what I get to do and what it means to represent STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) everywhere TI takes me.
I was in Connecticut this week visiting a high school in New Britain. One of the seniors there named Nicholas “won” me to come teach a class at his school through TI’s “Take Mayim Back to School” contest and campaign. Nicholas also won $50,000 of TI-Nspire CX handheld devices (think graphing calculator but in color, with science and chemistry and physics attachments and probes, and a ton more features, by the way. It’s kind of awesome), TI-Nspire Navigators (which wirelessly network the calculators in the classroom so the teacher can view every students screen, take classroom polls and bring more student interaction into the lessons), teacher training, and other resources and support that will last his large public school dozens of years. Read the rest of this entry →