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OUR ACADEMICS 

 

Judaic Studies

 

TEFILLA/PRAYER

Students broaden their knowledge and fluency of the traditional daily prayers from a Siddur (prayer book), as well as gain an appreciation for the meaning of the prayers they are reciting. Our goal is for our students to become familiar with the Jewish prayers in the Siddur and to enjoy and connect with their prayer experience.

“Power of Prayer” is a very beautiful scrapbooking project, exclusive to the Hebrew Academy, which follows our students from 3rd to 5th grade. Power of prayer is a fun and exciting way of giving our students an in depth look at the deeper meaning of the prayers beyond the literal translation of the words.  With Power of Prayer, our students have an opportunity, in art form, to express what the prayers mean to them on a personal level.

HEBREW LANGUAGE—IVRIT

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. In Ivrit, students develop their Hebrew oral skills. As they advance in their knowledge   and accuracy of Hebrew, they become confident in their communication abilities. Lessons are built around and are based in our recently adopted Hamikrah Migdalohr workbook series.  Ivrit classes include fun projects, exciting games and the use of smart board and internet technology.

In 4th grade, the emphasis is on advanced sentence structure related to the human body, family relationships, and school and neighborhood environment.  Strong Jewish Values are highly emphasized throughout the Ivrit curriculum.

 

HEBREW LANGUAGE

TORAH

The Study of formal Torah /Chumash text learning is a main subject in our Judaic class. Emphasis is placed  on students gaining a clear understanding of the fascinating narratives of Parshiyot/sections: Vayeshev,Mikeitz,Vayigash and Vayechi, (in the book of  B’reishit - Genesis). Students will continue to build their Torah vocabulary base of high frequency words, prefixes, and suffixes and most common root words. The aim is for our students to become independent Torah scholars.

Part II- Volume Two of the Loshon Hatorah skill builder series, is introduced in this grade level, to ensure reinforcement and mastery of these important skills. Work sheets are teacher generated which are customized to each lesson and are tailor made to suit the needs of all learners. 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. The in depth textual study of Rashi’s script and commentary, is introduced to our students in 4th grade. The motivational and exciting Artscroll  Rashi script workbook is incorporated to reinforce  student’s Rashi skills. The aim of Rashi learning is to better clarify the Torah verses with more in depth insight and analysis .This learning will stretch, expand and strengthen our students higher order thinking skills. Instruction is done in a variety of ways including, teacher led instruction, Groupings , differentiated instruction and independent discovery learning.

WEEKLY 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 take personal notes of their favorite Parsha themes  and  are very proud to share their extensive knowledge with family and friends  around the Shabbat dinner table.

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 Morahs ,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 as ever. Hebrew Academy Students will learn and know what is expected and how to participate in Jewish rituals, ceremony and celebrations. Guaranteed!

 

 

Our academic goals in General Studies for our Fourth Grade students are:

  • Reading: Students will be able to analyze the books they read and evaluate the plot and information given in a text.  They will apply this knowledge to analyze themes/main ideas in a text and how it relates to their own lives. Students will  also compare and contrast texts, while make connections both within one text and across multiple texts.

  • Writing: Students will be able to write multiple paragraphs, quote and paraphrase sources, and demonstrate basic keyboarding skills.

  • Math: Students will be be able to use the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems, use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic, understand decimal notation for fractions, and compare decimal fractions, solve problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements from a larger unit to a smaller unit, represent and interpret data, and use lines and angles to classify 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.