Monday, January 27 is the start of the new Jewish month of Sh’vat. Rosh Hodesh, which literally translated means “head of the month,” marks the beginning of each new Hebrew month. Like the secular calendar, the Hebrew calendar has 12 months; however, in a leap year an entire extra month is added leading to a 13 month year. The Jewish calendar follows the moon, so each new month is marked by the beginning of a new moon cycle or a new lunar month. Because the Hebrew calendar is linked to the moon, like all Jewish holidays, Rosh Hodesh begins at nightfall.
In honor of the moon, here are a few STEAM activities you can do with your children at home.
- Each night for 30 days, the length of a lunar month, go outside with your child at bedtime to look for the moon. Have your child draw a picture of what the moon looks like each night to allow them to illustrate their own cycle of the moon.
- Using straws, index cards, 1 paper cup, and tape, have your child build a moon lander. Once they have built it, put two mini-marshmallows in the cup to act as astronauts. Drop the lander from different heights to see if the astronauts will stay in the moon lander. If it doesn’t work, have your child think about ways to tweak their design to get all the astronauts to remain in the lander from varying heights. From Vivify Stem
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