Judaic Studies 


Students in our first grade will become proficient in Hebrew Reading. We incorporate and integrate various reading programs, which give our students the perfect blend, for them to acquire the necessary skills, to become masterful  Hebrew readers.

Hebrew reading is tailored to the needs of each individual student and many supplemental activities are added to the reading program to ensure that learning comes alive and that students are engaged and positively motivated.


Students in first grade will become proficient in writing Hebrew script. They will master the skill of transposing from Hebrew block letters to Hebrew script. Many supplemental activities are included to the writing program to ensure that learning comes alive and that students are positively motivated


Students begin to Daven (pray), using a Siddur (prayer book),  for their morning prayers. In First Grade basic prayers are introduced to our students. The aim of Tefilla is for our students to gain an appreciation and strong connection with the beautiful Prayers in the Jewish prayer book.


The Weekly Torah Portion comes alive and becomes very relevant, as our students learn and reenact the main Parsha themes of the week. Our students are very proud to share their extensive knowledge with family and friends around the Shabbat dinner table. There is a summary review sheet with questions and answers which comes home every Friday.


Our  Jewish  Holidays , traditions come alive with energy and  spirit ,as our students  see, hear  and feel first  hand from their teachers, who are living examples of  Judaism at its finest.

Students of the Hebrew Academy receive a complete and comprehensive awareness and full understanding of Judaic culture and the timeless messages that are relevant today. Hebrew Academy students will learn and know the traditions and how to participate in Jewish rituals ,ceremony and celebrations


Hebrew Language


The Months of the Jewish calendar are replete with joyous Holidays and special occasions. Our students check in daily to get a first-hand look to see what’s new and exciting in the Jewish calendar. Every holiday has its special message and unique theme. Our first grade students learn their Jewish Holidays and traditions while crafting, singing, playing   and having lots of fun.


The acquisition of conversational modern Hebrew (Ivrit) is a main theme at the Hebrew Academy. Our aim is for our students to develop a love of Israel through the use of Hebrew language and identification with their holidays. In Ivrit, students develop their Hebrew oral skills. As they advance in their knowledge of and fluency in Hebrew, they become confident in their communication abilities. Lessons are based upon our recently adopted Migdal Ohr series. Each page is beautifully illustrated, thereby engaging the students' interest and stimulating their curiosity to learn more.

First grade emphasizes simple sentence structure, using familiar contexts such as the  home or school, shopping at the store or supermarket and playing outside at the same time that students build their Hebrew vocabulary, strong Jewish Values are highly emphasized throughout the Ivrit and Jewish studies curriculum.


Language Arts


Using Pearson’s Reading Street curriculum, students will have command of letter names and sounds, use phonetic skills to become a fluent reader, identify story structure to aide in comprehension and read grade level appropriate material. 


The Lucy Calkin’s Writer’s Workshop program is implemented and sets a strong foundation for a love of writing. Students become authors as they take their ideas and stories through the writing process. Through mini-lessons, students learn how to ‘pre-write’ by using various graphic organizers and learn the importance of conventions such as capitalization, punctuation, and applying spelling patterns.

Grammar lessons, applied to writing, provide students with a command of the English language.


Science and Social Studies 


Our classroom is turned into a science lab as students learn about the world around them. The students learn about life cycles of living things and have opportunities to experiment with the three states of matter.


First graders study their families, neighborhood, and community. We will also study famous people and our nation. 

Lessons, learning celebrations and field trips from across the curriculum will enhance our study in science and social studies.



Sadlier-Oxford is an integrated mathematics program that covers the Common Core standards and provides students with many opportunities for critical thinking in math. Lessons are hands-on, utilizing manipulative, authentic applications, and math.  The topics below are some of those covered throughout the year.

· Addition and subtraction facts through 20, fact families, relationships between numbers

· Classify and describe plane and solid figures by their attributes

· Apply strategies learned to solve word problems

· Gather and interpret data from various types of graphs

· Command of place-value as a foundation for later mathematical concepts such as regrouping in 2nd grade.