Thursday, April 16, 2009

Sunday School

I wrote a post about Sunday School a while back. I was really excited about this Sunday School...until we actually went. I liked it because of the fact that Princess was able to be around other Jewish kids so that she didn't feel like she was the only one. I also liked that it is humanistic (read Atheist). But the thing is that seeing these kids twice a month for September through June doesn't really build friendships.

The other reason I wanted Princess to go was to learn about some of the holidays and traditions that I have forgotten. The problem with that? Well, the first couple classes we worked on making calendars (the entire class time) and I knew more than the teacher about the names of the holidays and what the holidays were.

I teach a preschool and kindergarten age class at Village Home, our homeschool school. I know I could do a better job than this woman.

I'm not sure what the answer is. Maybe I just need to relearn the things I've forgotten and homeschool that the same way I homeschool everything else. Maybe I can invite the friends Princess has close relationships with already to learn with us. Maybe I could start a Yahoo group to find other Jewish Atheist families who want to get together, form relationships and have my own Sunday School.

I'm not sure where I'm going with this. I guess I just wanted to put it out there and see if anyone has any brilliant ideas.


Frau said...

I wish I had some ideas for you, but I wish you luck!

t.t. millers said...

I'm not Jewish, so I can't help you. And please forgive me for asking but what IS Jewish Atheism? I thought Atheism wasn't believing in God, but the Jewish religion does? I'm confused....

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Sorry I'm no help either but I'm also curious about Jewish Atheism.

Anonymous said...

Isn't it frustrating when that happens?! Far too often I take my kids to community based activities only to leave saying, "I could do better than that and I know nothing about the subject.". Arg, very frustrating. Have to admit that I am also curious about Jewish Atheism and am wondering if it is similar to my friend who says they are "Jewish with common sense" lol. My kids are totally jealous of all the Jewish holidays. Apparently the pagan wheel of the year isn't enough for them. ;)

PS If our co-op ever does a religions class I am totally calling you for the Jewish bit.

Such Lovely Freckles said...

Sorry for butting in about this. I'm not a Jew of course. But I know that Judaism is not all about the believe in God but much about the traditions, that can easily be lived without the religious aspect to it. And knowing Shady Lady personally, I know she's doing it just beautifully. :)

Momma Bear said...

OOOh I'm getting more glimpses of the homeschoolin momma...hahaha :)

My sister in laws both homeschool. And one just moved back from your neck of the woods, well seattle, where she homeschooled. So I'm getting the 411 slowly but surely..hahaha

I'm just messing with ya but still very curious!

And if the judaic traditions are what you're looking for, cool! I'd love to hear more about that if you end up teaching it to the kids.

RasJane said...

I'm not an atheist, as you know, but we do incorporate our religion into our homeschooling. Our church 100% promotes that. So I have a wealth of ideas that would probably help you get started or at least spark your own creativity. Let me know, well, when things settle down a bit and you can make it through the box maze and all. :)