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Judaic Studies

TORAH

The beginning of formal Torah /Chumash text learning is introduced in 2nd grade.

Emphasis is made on students gaining a clear understanding of the fascinating narratives of  Parshat B’reshit and Noach , (the two first Torah readings in the book of Genesis). Students will acquire a strong vocabulary of high frequency words, prefixes, and most common root words. The aim is for our students to become independent Torah scholars. As important as the textual knowledge, is the moral and ethical values as well as the personal association and relevancy that extend from this learning.

Work sheets are teacher generated which are customized to each lesson. and are tailor fitted  to the needs of all learners.

PARSHA

The Weekly Torah Reading /Parsha  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.

TEFILLAH

Students Broaden their knowledge and fluency of the traditional daily prayers from a Siddur (prayerbook), as well as gain an appreciation for the meaning of the prayers they are reciting. Our goal is for our students to be familiar and at home with all the Jewish prayers in any Synagogue setting.

 

Hebrew Language

KERIAH—HEBREW READING

Every day our second graders reinforce their Hebrew Reading skills with the Hemshech (continuation of reading) workbook , along with teacher generated material. Our goals  for our students is  to review and reinforce all the skills necessary for heightened  accuracy and greater fluency in Hebrew Reading

YAHADUS—JEWISH TRADITIONS AND CULTURE

Our  Jewish  Holidays , traditions and culture 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 as  relevant  today. Hebrew Academy Students will learn and know the traditions and how to participate in Jewish rituals, ceremony and celebrations. Guaranteed!

SKILLS

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

In second grade, the emphasis is on grammatical sentence structure elements so that students can carry on a brief conversation in varying contexts, while students continue to build their Hebrew vocabulary. Strong Jewish Values are highly emphasized throughout the Ivrit and Jewish studies curriculum.

 

Language Arts

We’ll be reading stories from our Pearson reader and studying three novels. Students complete comprehension activities connected to the readings. In addition, the students participate in Reader’s Theater to improve fluency. The students are able to perform via video conference with schools around the country. 

In writing, the students will continue with the  Lucy Calkins program, which emphasizes children developing their own stories and carrying themselves through the writing process. In addition, we will write poems, letters, and a basic research paper.

 

Science and Social Studies 

SCIENCE

Body Systems

The children will make life-sized models of the digestive, skeletal, and circulatory systems. We will also study the anatomy of the ear and eye.

Physical and Life Science

We will learn how light and sound travels. The students will also compare the life cycle of plants with the life cycle of insects

SOCIAL STUDIES

Students will explore the lives of people who have made a difference in our lives. They will also complete a biography book report.

 

Math

Our Sadlier-Oxford program provides the foundation for the math exercises. The students will create manipulatives to help them understand math concepts.

Timed Tests

Because the ability to recall basic math facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division is essential to learning higher level concepts in math, second grade students will work towards building mastery of these facts. To pass a timed test, students must correctly answer 90 question in five minutes. We will work with the children to increase their basic mastery.

 

 

 

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