Each grade has a distinct curriculum as described below. For such topics as holidays, Israel, mitzvot and Torah, we employ an educational technique known as a spiral curriculum. This means that some form of the subject is taught every year – examining different aspects of the subject in an age appropriate way. Some years, depending on enrollment, two grades may be combined and the focus topics will be adjusted accordingly.
Art and music can also be a very powerful way of expressing and exploring our Jewish heritage. Our Student Cantor provides our music curriculum. Age appropriate art experiences will be provided in the classrooms.
Pre-K & Kindergarten -These introductory years, with classes meeting twice a month, allow young students to explore and express their Judaism in a wide variety of ways. Over the two years, they will study the Jewish holidays and mitzvot at an age appropriate level.
1st Grade – Students will explore the building blocks of Jewish life including life-cycle events, Israel, mitzvot, Jewish symbols, and the synagogue.
2nd Grade – Students will learn how a Torah is created, how we treat it, its stories and commandments, and how to incorporate them into our daily lives. This class studies the holidays throughout the year and receives an introduction to the aleph bet, in preparation for Hebrew study.
3rd Grade – Whether it begins at a wedding, a Bat Mitzvah or a grandparent’s funeral, children have questions about life-cycle events. In third grade, students are led on a tour through the most significant milestones in a Jewish life.
4th Grade –Israel is not just a country, but our spiritual homeland. Students will explore all aspects of the land of Israel, from its founding as a state to its modern day situation. Students will study the diversity of cultures and geography in this sacred land. The fourth graders will also study the Jewish holidays, focusing on how each holiday builds core Jewish values.
5th Grade – The study of Torah will be revisited this year, as students are better able to examine its values and lessons in a more in-depth manner. In addition, Prophets and the weekly Torah portion, Parashat ha Shavuah, will be incorporated.
6th & 7th Grades – Students will continue their journey through the Hebrew Bible concentrating on the prophets. This will be incorporated into a voyage through Jewish history beginning in Jerusalem in the first Century C.E. up through the end of the Twentieth Century.