I am writing to you all today to remind us how important it is that we include teaching Torah to our children daily. The Most High Yah says in the Tanakh:
"Hear O' Yisrael, YHWH is our Elohim, YHWH is one! And you shall love your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your being, and with all your might. And these words which I am commanding you today shall be in your heart, and you shall impress them upon your children, and shall speak of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up." (Debarim 6:4-7) - The Scriptures Bible
I realize how easy it is to simply fit Torah in as if its some secondary subject that is not as important as the other activities (math, reading, etc.) but this just isn't true. I, too have been guilty of this. But, for the child walking in the Israelite way, it is THE most essential part of their lives and we, as parents are commanded to teach them Torah and how to live in the Torah way. It should be done on a daily basis at the beginning of each day.
Here are some ideas on activities for teaching Torah:
1. Daily prayers (reading and reciting the Shema Israel or Amidah, for example)
2. Memorization, dictation and recitation of scripture
3. Reading aloud or silently from the Torah
4. Reading Bible stories written for children
5. Copywork: writing scripture
6. Discussion of Feast Days. Explaining why we do them.
7. Preparing for Feast Day festivities and events
8. Participating in Feast Day celebrations as a family
9. Memorizing and reciting Books of the Torah and Tanakh
10. Playing Torah trivia games, or creating your own
11. Tzedekah activities
12. Learning how to read and write Biblical Hebrew
13. Learning Old Testament Geography
14. Learning to write and recite scripture, Biblical books and prayers in Hebrew (modern text)
15. Reading the Children's Parsha each week.
It is also important to keep reminding ourselves that children learn best by example. They look up to us and are impressed by our deeds. This includes any caregivers, babysitters and nannys as well who we leave in charge of our children. We must choose them with much consideration and care.