Ben Porat Yosef’s “Grandparents and Special Visitors Day” kicked off with junior high programming last month. Sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-graders hosted their guests for lunch and then headed to the classrooms to learn together. General studies included lessons on ancient Mesopotamia in sixth grade, historical fiction in seventh grade, and the civil rights movement in eighth grade. In Judaic studies, each class studied the brachot that Yaakov gave to his grandsons in the week’s parasha, Vayechi. The program continued the following day, with elementary school grandparents and special visitors joining BPY elementary school students for tefillah (prayer) and classroom activities, including interviews, scavenger hunts, games, and parasha study.
Shabbat was the theme of the day for the early childhood Grandparents and Special Visitors program. Early childhood classrooms offered hands-on Shabbat activities and students and guests worked together on Shabbat-related STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities, shaped their own challot, and “shopped” to prepare for Shabbat.