FIRST AND SECOND GRADE

First Grade:
Prayers: Using an illustrated siddur (prayerbook), the 1st and 2nd grade students begin their day by praying together every morning. The 1st graders get their own siddur later in the year with their siddur play, which is performed in conjunction with the 2nd grade Chumash play.

Hebrew Reading and Writing: In first grade, the Judaic curriculum is mostly focused on learning Hebrew Reading and Writing, as well as learning customs of the holidays, when applicable. All subjects are taught using the Tal Am curriculum, which has proven to be very effective in teaching students Hebrew fluency. The goal is beginning conversational Hebrew fluency and reading. Over the course of the year, the students learn to write Hebrew letters- both in print and script.

Holidays/Parsha (Weekly Torah Portion): Each week, the students learn about the parsha with a dramatic and interactive presentation by Moreh Shlomi. When relevant, students learn about upcoming holidays using Tal Am booklets, which focus on improving their Hebrew language.

Oneg Shabbat: Every Friday, grades 1-4 celebrate the upcoming Shabbat by singing Hebrew songs, dancing and hearing a special Shabbat story by Moreh Shlomi.

Second grade:
Prayers- Using an illustrated siddur (prayerbook), the 1st and 2nd grade students begin their day by praying together every morning Hebrew Reading and Writing: In second grade, the students continue to learn Hebrew Reading and Writing to improve their skills with a focus on vocabulary, spelling, reading and conversation. Over the course of the year, the students switch from using Hebrew print letters to script letters and Hebrew immersion during Judaics studies, their confidence and fluency in Hebrew speaking and understanding continues to improve.

Chumash: In the second grade, the study of Chumash (Bible) is introduced- a subject the students will continue to study through the eighth grade. Students will learn the exciting stories in Parshat Breishit (Genesis) and Noach, while simultaneously practicing their Hebrew reading and understanding by deciphering the roots of Hebrew words. Towards the end of the year, the second graders will perform a “Chumash play”, during which they will receive their very own Chumash.

Holidays/Parsha (Weekly Torah Portion): Each week, the students learn about the parsha with a dramatic and interactive presentation by Moreh Shlomi. When relevant, students learn about upcoming holidays using Tal Am booklets, which focus on improving their Hebrew language.

Oneg Shabbat: Every Friday, grades 1-4 celebrate the upcoming Shabbat by singing Hebrew songs, dancing and hearing a special Shabbat story by Moreh Shlomi.

THIRD AND FOURTH GRADE:

Third grade:
Prayers: The 3rd grade starts their day by praying together each morning, using a user-friendly all-Hebrew siddur (prayerbook). Over the course of the year, new prayers are introduced so that by the end of the year, the students have expanded their prayer repertoire.

Hebrew Reading and Writing: Students continue developing Hebrew reading, writing and understanding using workbooks, posters and songs as a means of Hebrew immersion. Tal Am engages students through different modalities reaching students via multiple intelligences.

Chumash: The students learn the exciting stories in the parshiot of Lech Lecha and Chayei Sarah in Genesis, which lead to in-depth classroom discussions about values and morals that are learned in the text. Students learn textual skills such as becoming familiar with the perek/passuk (chapter/verse) structure of the Chumash, as well as Hebrew reading and comprehension skills by reading a passuk, identifying the subject of the pasuk and figuring out the meaning of words by identifying prefixes, suffixes and roots. Students begin to learn about Rashi, the classic Biblical commentary who will follow them through their years of studying Chumash. They learn to identify and decode Rashi script, as well as how to locate Rashi’s commentary in the Chumash.

Holidays/Parsha (Weekly Torah Portion)/Middot (character traits): Each week, the students learn about the parsha. When relevant, students learn about upcoming holidays using Tal Am booklets, which focus on improving their Hebrew language. Third grade students participate in classroom meetings focusing on their social/emotional development and their relationship with their peers. The class meetings are a safe space for the students to share openly about issues or concerns or to celebrate accomplishments. At the end of each class period students are asked to reflect on their day with an appreciation circle, helping to build a sense of community in the classroom.

Oneg Shabbat: Every Friday, grades 1-4 celebrate the upcoming Shabbat by singing Hebrew songs, dancing and hearing a special Shabbat story by Moreh Shlomi

Fourth grade:
Prayers: The fourth grade begins their Judaic period by praying together each morning, using a user-friendly all-Hebrew siddur (prayerbook). Over the course of the year, new prayers are introduced so that by the end of the year, the students have expanded their prayer repertoire. Class-time is also spent teaching the meaning of the prayers.

Hebrew Reading and Writing: Focusing on Hebrew vocabulary, reading and conversational Hebrew, our students continue towards our goal of fluency in Hebrew.

Chumash: The students learn the exciting stories in the parshiot of Toldot and VaYeshev in Genesis, which lead to in-depth classroom discussions about values and morals. Students also work on identifying names, characters and places mentioned in the text, which assist them to think critically about what they are learning. Students learn Hebrew reading and comprehension skills by reading a passuk, identifying the subject of the pasuk and figuring out the meaning of words by identifying prefixes, suffixes and roots. Students continue to familiarize themselves with Rashi, the classic biblical commentary, by practicing reading and decoding Rashi script, as well as learning how to identify Rashi’s questions and answers on the text.

Holidays/Parsha (Weekly Torah Portion)/Middot: Every week the students learn the weekly Torah portion, using various biblical commentaries. Students engage in discussion surrounding a question on the weekly Parsha and learn the interpretations of 2 commentators. Over the course of the year students will be exposed to many commentators and have the opportunity to research the commentator of their choice. When relevant, students learn about upcoming holidays and customs in an interactive way to engage their interest. Fourth grade students participate in classroom meetings focusing on their social/emotional development and their relationship with their peers. The class meetings are a safe space for the students to share openly about issues or concerns or to celebrate accomplishments. At the end of each class period students are asked to reflect on their day with an appreciation circle, helping to build a sense of community in the classroom.

Oneg Shabbat: Every Friday, grades 1-4 celebrate the upcoming Shabbat by singing Hebrew songs, dancing and hearing a special Shabbat story by Moreh Shlomi