OUR ACADEMICS

 

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.

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

  • Reading: Students will build upon and expand literacy skills.  They will apply this new skill set to read more complex words, read for longer periods of time and enhance their reading comprehension and fluency.

  • Writing: Students will learn how to combine handwriting with punctuation and paragraph writing skills using a curriculum called Handwriting Without Tears.  Students will also learn the different purposes of writing and how to use more detail in writing.  

  • Math: Students will be able to use addition and subtraction within 100 to solve one- and two-step word problems, understand place value up to three digits, measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools, and recognize and draw different shapes.

  • 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.