Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Moses and the Exodus

In Lesson 19 of our history curriculum (The Mystery of History, Volume I), we learned more about "Moses and the Exodus."
 After our reading in our text and the Bible, we watched The Prince of Egypt, a fantastic movie about these historical events.
Once the movie was done, we completed this crossword covering the ten plagues from  
 And then we made the "Ten Plagues of Egypt Necklace" I have seen floating around Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/pin/56576539044052715/).  For our necklace, I used the clipart for the plagues I found at http://haggadot.com/clip/10-plagues-coloring.
Maggie colored these ...
 ... and then I mounted them on bright cardstock to look like large jewels in the necklace.
 I glued them in an almost-full circle on bright, yellow cardstock and then cut out the cardstock in the shape of an Egyptian necklace, making an opening for her to place around her neck, and a piece hanging from the bottom for her to glue some gemstones onto.
(She loved adding the gemstones!)
 All done!  She was very proud of the finished product!
 Next, we recreated the night of the Passover.  first, I covered the door frame to our classroom with strips of paper.
Then, we got some red tempera paint and a leafy branch (the Israelites actually used branches of hyssop) for applying the "lamb's blood on the doorposts and lintel."
 Here is Maggie, reenacting that blessed night.
We discussed the connections between Passover and Jesus, and how we are covered by the blood of the Lamb (Christ), therefore, will escape death just as the Hebrews did all those many years ago.
 Then, we had our own little Passover celebration to commemorate God's rescue of His people.  I bought this little melamine Seder plate for the occasion.  (I had bought it for only $3.98 at Amazon but it looks like that price has increased to $11.56: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001QF7FSI/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1.)
 I also used our Gospel Light's Big Book of Holiday and Bible Celebrations to prepare us for our Seder.
 I got everything ready for the meal: parsley, salt water (not pictured), horseradish, matzo crackers, haroset (chopped apples and nuts mixed with honey), a lamb bone (thanks to my husband, who chefs at a fancy restaurant), and a hard-boiled egg.
 Together, we read from Exodus and then talked about the importance of the meal, and discussed that "Seder" means "order," as the foods are eaten in order.  First, we started with the parsley/"karpas" (which is the Hebrew word for "green plants").  The parsley reminds us that everything that grows is a gift from God.
 We dipped the parsley into the salt water, representative of the tears of the Hebrew slaves in Egypt.
 Next, we placed some horseradish on our matzo.  The horseradish is bitter and reminds us of the terrible years of slavery in Egypt.  (Not surprisingly, Maggie was not a fan.)
 The haroset was next.  It's stickiness reminds us of the mortar between the bricks that the Hebrew slaves used to build in Egypt.
 The bone reminds us of the lamb that was sacrificed at that first Passover.
And the hardboiled egg is another reminder of the sacrifices made by God's people.  Lastly, we finished the matzo cracker (bread made quickly without yeast) to remind us of how fast the Hebrews left Egypt.  We finished our meal with a discussion of what the Seder, overall, helps us to remember -- that God is all-powerful and that He rewards and blesses the faith of His children.  We concluded our discussion with a reading of Psalm 77:12-13 (NIV) ...
"I will consider all Your works and meditate on all Your mighty deeds.
Your ways, God, are holy.  What god is as great as our God?"
(I read KJV, but for Maggie's understanding, her Kids' Study Bible is NIV.)
 The last thing we did for this lesson was map the Hebrews' exodus across the Red Sea on the globe.
 I love MOH


  1. I love your diligence in taking her through a Seder meal. Sweet, tender memories.

  2. This is exactly what I was looking for my son. Thank you so much