Curriculum

the underpinnings of our curriculum

Plato said:

“Education’s first stages determine a person’s future life.”

This means that we, parents and teachers, are affecting eternity. The education we provide our children today affects them forever. What an awesome responsibility we are carrying! 

What constitutes a quality education? Surely, in this age of information, a good education is not only about building knowledge or honing skills (though that is surely important too.) The ever important goal is to build the child’s identity, the child’s sense of self. For it is with our fundamental sense of self that we approach every aspect of our lives. For Jewish children, their sense of self is intrinsically bound to their Jewish identity. It stands to reason: If a child needs a positive self-image, a Jewish child needs a positive Judaic image.

''To transmit the beauty of judaism, connecting the child to their heritage"

Goals of our program

We believe that lessons must incorporate hands-on activities (cooking, crafts, song), discussions, and texts. They must have practical relevance to the student’s lives, with provocations to inspire them to look beyond themselves. We are 100% committed to creating an environment for our students and their families to flourish and to connect. We look forward to a wonderful year together, partnering with you to fashion our children’s Judaic experience.

Kindergarden: Mitzvos I can do

A fun and interactive curriculum geared to engage and teach young children how to perform various Mitzvot using the different parts of their bodies. Each topic is brought to a child’s relatable level complete with songs, stories, art and activities

Genesis

“In the beginning, Gd created the world” and filled it with people. But, oh, the journey was not so smooth. Meet the personalities of the 1st Book of the Torah, the Book of Genesis. Learn their stories and think about the choices we would make in their situation. We make a creative scrapbook to go along.

Exodus

I am a free American kid. Why should I care about the slavery and exodus? Once we explore the full story, I can find myself right in the text! How’d the Jews get to Egypt? What was life like for them? What was the pathway towards freedom, all has what to teach us in our lives today!

My Jewish Home

My Jewish Home is designed to discuss the mitzvot involved in creating a Jewish home, such as Kosher, hospitality, Mezuzah, etc. The students grasp that this is the center of Jewish life - ‘home is where the soul is’.

Jewish Heroes

With engaging activities, projects, and worksheets per hero, the Jewish Heroes curriculum provides students with the opportunity to become Jewish Hero pros as they learn about the many heroes in Jewish history beginning with the first Jew Avraham until the present day.

Jewish Town

This fun course imagines that we are building a Jewish Town. We have a synagogue, a kosher restaurant, a Judaica shop, etc. We then explore the many mitzvot that surround these spaces.


Bar & Bat Mitzvah Training:

This course uses the macrocosmic journey of the Jewish people, from the birth of Abraham and Sarah, until the time when Jews entered the land of Israel, as a paradigm to explore the microcosmic journey of the individual in his or her personal relationship with G-d.

Hebrew

Grade K
Our Kindergarten class is introduced to Hebrew Reading through games, crafts, songs,
and stories. Each letter and vowel takes on a fun ‘personality’ which is used as a means
to help the child remember the letter’s shape and sound. As we slowly integrate letters
and vowels, our students learn the patterns of Hebrew, and how to sound short words.
We use multiple strategies, thereby accommodating all types of learners.


Grades 1-3:
Younger division ALEPH CHAMP
Aleph Champ, modeled after the Karate Martial Arts system of motivational colored
levels, breaks up the Hebrew reading process into bite sized motivational levels which
makes it more kid friendly and exciting.
Students start as a white Aleph Champ learning half of the aleph bet. Each Aleph
Champ level has a color coded book, flashcards, workbooks and a medallion which is
awarded once a level is passed. All of these work together to create the motivation
needed to progress in their own way.


Grades 4-8:
older division ALEPH CHAMP
The older division Aleph Champ is run similarly to the younger division. The students
are learning at their own pace rather than together as an entire grade. The older division
uses workbooks and has a slightly longer period for Aleph champ.

Ivrit (Hebrew Language)
We feel it is important for our students to learn the Hebrew language in addition to their
reading and writing skills. Every class gets a learning period with Morah Aviva

Marcovich (teacher at Donna Klein Jewish Academy) where they get a chance to learn
basic Hebrew language depending on their level.