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The kindergarten through sixth grade curriculum is designed to engage the student, allowing him/her to discover an individual sense of Jewish self and a solid knowledge of Hebrew decoding, prayer book skills, and knowledge of basic conversational Hebrew. Our curriculum utilizes the books and materials from Behrman House including the URJ CHAI Curriculum. Online resources are also utilized through the Behrman House OLC. Teacher-made curriculum is also utilized.
Kindergarten and First Grade
Kindergarten is the time for discovery – discovery about the holidays, the synagogue, the beginning of the Torah and God. First Grade is a time of exploring- exploring Shabbat, being Jewish, our Matriarchs and Patriarchs and mitzvot.
In kindergarten and first grade, the children discover and explore Hebrew, with an introduction to Hebrew letters and language.
Students in second grade are continuing to discover their Jewish identity through exploration of mitzvot, Israel and Bible stories.
Utilizing teacher-made curriculum, students continue learning the building blocks of the Hebrew language.
In third grade, students explore how to be a mensch (good person) and also study Israel through a scavenger hunt. Students learn the names and sounds of the Hebrew letters and vowels and by the end of the year are able to read basic prayers.
Fourth Grade through Sixth Grade
In fourth grade, students explore the Bible and Jewish values. Fourth graders are introduced to modern conversational Hebrew along with prayers.
Fifth Grade students study ethics and making connections to our Jewish text and building Jewish identity along with study of the prophets. They become detectives with Hebrew roots and become much more proficient in prayer study.
Sixth Grade is an opportunity for the students to explore their relationship with God and Israel. Hebrew in sixth grade is prayer study in Mishkan T’filah.
Students participate in the b’nai mitzvah Chevruta class. The focus of this year is an experiential mitzvah based curriculum. Through field trips, speakers, and social action projects, students continue to develop an awareness of tikkun olam and their responsibilities as a Reform Jewish teen.