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OUR ACADEMICS

Judaic Studies 

 

READING

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.

HEBREW WRITING

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

TEFILLAH/PRAYER

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.

WEEKLY TORAH PARSHA

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.

YAHADUS— JEWISH TRADITIONS AND CULTURE

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

 

JEWISH CALENDAR

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.

HEBREW LANGUAGE

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.

 

Our academic goals in General Studies for our First Grade students are as follows:

  • Reading: Students will learn the difference between long and short vowels, how to blend vowels to read and decode word.  They will apply this knowledge to be able to reading comprehension and fluency.


  • Writing: Students will learn the correct use of lowercase letters in words and sentences by using the special curriculum called Handwriting Without Tears.  Student will also be able to write paragraphs that develop a central idea. Students will write compositions that describe and explain familiar objects, events, and experiences


  • Math: Students will be able to solve problems using addition and subtraction, understand place value up to two digits, extend their counting sequence up to 120, express the length of an object as a whole number of length units, and reason with shapes and their attributes.


  • Social and Emotional Learning (SEL): Students will continue to incorporate SEL into their academic lives cultivating self regulation, self awareness, flexibility, and the ability to consider other perspectives.