In 3rd & 4th grade, our students engage in their core Judaic learning in a looped two-year curriculum. In Year Aleph, students learn about the narratives of Jacob and Moses, focusing on the stories from Genesis and Exodus. In Year Bet, students learn about Jewish holidays and modern Israel.
In 5th grade, students students learn about Jewish lifecycle events.
Students will participate in a variety of indoor and outdoor learning experiences. For their Judaics content, students will be able to choose from a variety of electives. Each elective is a small group of students with a teacher and madrich/a; previous electives have included Game Making, Odyssey of the Mind, Green STEAM in Israel, Arts & Culture, and Video Making. They will also participate in outdoor social action and youth group activities and Sunday & Mid-Week Hebrew.
Hebrew in the Classroom
We will offer three levels of Hebrew – Hebrew I, Hebrew II, and Hebrew III. Students will begin with Hebrew I in 3rd grade. Students who are beginning Hebrew after 3rd grade will begin in Hebrew I with age-appropriate peers. There are two components of this program – a Sunday morning class, separate from their Judaics class, and a mid-week session. All mid-week Hebrew will take place online. Students will be able to choose from two options – either small group learning that meets with one of our Hebrew teachers or 1:1 Hebrew tutoring.
Students in Hebrew I can expect to learn letter and vowel recognition as well as basic decoding skills.
Students in Hebrew II can expect to learn short blessings (such as Barechu and blessings over food), Ma’ariv Aravim/Yotzer Or, the Four Questions, Kiddush, and Havdalah.
Students in Hebrew III can expect to learn Sh’ma/V’ahavtah, Mi Chamocha, Avot v’Imahot, G’vurot, and K’dusha.