Curriculum

the underpinnings of our curriculum

Sukkot Lesson - Hebrew School 2017 5778

Plato said:

“Education’s first stages determine a person’s future life.”

This means that we, parents and teachers, are affecting eternity. The education we provide our children today affects them forever. What an awesome responsibility we are carrying! 

What constitutes a quality education? Surely, in this age of information, a good education is not only about building knowledge or honing skills (though that is surely important too.) The ever important goal is to build the child’s identity, the child’s sense of self. For it is with our fundamental sense of self that we approach every aspect of our lives. For Jewish children, their sense of self is intrinsically bound to their Jewish identity. It stands to reason: If a child needs a positive self-image, a Jewish child needs a positive Judaic image.

''To transmit the beauty of judaism, connecting the child to their heritage"

Goals of our program

Preparing Your Child for Life

We believe that lessons must incorporate hands-on activities (cooking, crafts, song), discussions, and texts. They must have practical relevance to the student’s lives, with provocations to inspire them to look beyond themselves. We are 100% committed to creating an environment for our students and their families to flourish and to connect. We look forward to a wonderful year together, partnering with you to fashion our children’s Judaic experience.

Mitzvos I can do

A fun and interactive curriculum geared to engage and teach young children how to perform various Mitzvot using the different parts of their bodies. Each topic is brought to a child’s relatable level complete with songs, stories, art and activities

Genesis

“In the beginning, Gd created the world” and filled it with people. But, oh, the journey was not so smooth. Meet the personalities of the 1st Book of the Torah, the Book of Genesis. Learn their stories and think about the choices we would make in their situation. We make a creative scrapbook to go along.

Exodus

I am a free American kid. Why should I care about the slavery and exodus? Once we explore the full story, I can find myself right in the text! How’d the Jews get to Egypt? What was life like for them? What was the pathway towards freedom, all has what to teach us in our lives today!

Hang with the Ten:

The Aseret Hadibrot are often translated as the 10 Commandments. But these ten are really so much more; they are a framework for all Judaism. All mitzvot and Jewish values are derived from these ten. During this year, through engaging minds-on, hands-on, souls-on lessons, the children will explore the Aseret Hadibrot, how they frame Judaism and how they are a guide for meaningful living today.

Aleph Champ

Our Hebrew School uses the highly motivational Aleph Champ program to teach Hebrew reading. Modeled after the Karate Martial Arts system of motivational colored levels, Aleph Champ breaks up the Hebrew reading process into bite sized motivational levels which makes it more kid friendly and exciting. Students start as a white Aleph Champ learning half of the aleph bet. They work their way through the different levels "belts" until they become a black Aleph Champ with the ability to read fluently from the Siddur (prayer book). For those with more advanced Hebrew skills, Morah Samra Nissan provides specialized instruction in Hebrew reading and Hebrew language to help your child gain greater mastery of the Hebrew language.

Marvelous Midot and Manners

Marvelous Midot and Manner explores a selection of interpersonal middot through engaging mediums such as drama and art. Students may assume that the Torah only addresses ritual aspects of life, like Shabbat and Mezuzah. This course conveys the idea that Judaism is a total lifestyle - a holy way of life.

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