Daffodil Project Resource Page for Educators and Parents

Daffodil Project Resource Page for Educators and Parents

We are so thrilled that you are participating in planting daffodils along with the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest’s Center for Volunteerism and Holocaust Council.  

Before, during, or after planting your daffodil bulbs, we encourage you to utilize some or all of the following materials in order to bring forth a further understanding of the Holocaust and honor the memory of those that perished and honor those that survived.  

(all materials will be motivating for adults, we have added the appropriate children’s ages as a guide, but please know and recognize your child’s needs as well) 

Click on the links below to watch Holocaust survivors in our community share their personal stories.

Luna Kaufman (Middle School age and up)

Norbert Bikales (4th/5th grade and up)

Hanna Wechsler (Teens, Young Adults, and Adults)

Daffodil Planting Instructions

How big an area is needed?
  • You do not require a large space to plant the bulbs.
  • For every 250 bulbs, you will need approximately 30 square feet in any combination.
How to plant bulbs
  • Plant the daffodils 3-4 inches deep and 2-3 inches apart.
  • Plant approximately 7-10 bulbs in a 1 foot circle with 1-3 bulbs in the center.
  • Wait until all bulbs have been planted prior to covering with soil and then mulching.
What on-going maintenance is required?
  • Once you have planted, mulch and water the bed. There is very little further maintenance.
  • Once the daffodils bloom, they should be left to yellow and wither (otherwise they will not be able to produce flowers the following year). Dead-heading is recommended for the best re-flowering but is not required. Fertilizer is not needed if you mulch your bulbs annually with 2-3 inches of an organic mulch.

Books

(Elementary School age and up)
The Cat with the Yellow Star
by Susan Rubin
Terrible Things by Eve Bunting
Six Million Paper Clips by Peter W. Schroeder and Dagmar Schroeder-Hildebrand
Terrible Things: An Allegory of the Holocaust by Eve Bunting
Promise of a New Spring by Gerta Weissman Klein
One Yellow Daffodil: A Hanukkah Story by David A. Adler
One Candle by Eve Bunting

Activities

Elementary School age and up  – Open with a question: “What would you do” in the shoes of someone persecuted for their faith?  

Middle School age and up  

  • Take the Holocaust Questionnaire to help students gain context and perspective on the events that took place starting from just before 1933 to events that took place after 1945.    
  • Brain Pop and Daniel’s Story (from United States Holocaust Museum) are good ways to introduce the Holocaust. 

Teens, Young Adults, and Adults 

Read the poem Take This Giant Leap by Sonia Weitz and answer attached questions.