CURRICULUM

Hebrew - Beginning with letter recognition for our youngest children, this program leads students through phonetic decoding, reading comprehension and writing. Age appropriate textbooks and workbooks will be completed throughout the year. We also implement the successful and effective Aleph Champ Program (see below).

Torah (Bible) and Jewish History - The children are introduced to the characters and stories of the Torah. They are given an overview of Jewish history starting with creation to the giving of the Torah to modern day Israel.

Holidays - Each grade examines the holiday from a totally different perspective, making each year's learning a new and exciting holiday adventure. Hands-on lessons on each Jewish holiday will fill the calendar as we proceed from Rosh Hashanah and the High Holidays through the holiday of Shavuot. The students will have a deeper understanding of each holiday, its traditions and customs. We will also host holiday celebrations for students and their families.

Jewish Values and Ethics - We cover different aspects of our Jewish values and ethics through a wide range of learning medium and experiences, making the lessons learned relevant and practically incorporated in the child's life.

 

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. They work their way through the different “belts” until they become a black Aleph Champ with the ability to read fluently from the Siddur (prayerbook).

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.

Reading groups are divided by color instead of age group, thereby allowing conscientious students to surpass the pace of their class and advance in reading on their own. This program ensures that students do not go on to a new level until they have truly mastered all that their current level expects them to know. This avoids the common problem of children learning to read without fully mastering a letter, vowel or concept in reading.

Each level is divided into three stripes. As the children progress within their reading primer, they are awarded a stripe. Stripes keep students motivated in the long haul from one level to the next. The excitement of receiving a stripe keeps up the Aleph Champ momentum.

    Aleph Champ Levels:
  • White Aleph Champion – Master the first 18 letters of the Aleph Bet.
  • Red Aleph Champion – Master all 32 letters of the Aleph Bet.
  • Orange Aleph Champion – Master the first 3 vowels with letter combinations.
  • Yellow Aleph Champion – Master the first 6 vowels with letter combinations.
  • Green Aleph Champion – Master the first 9 vowels with letter combinations.
  • Blue Aleph Champion – Master all the vowels and exceptions to the rules.
  • Purple Aleph Champion – Master reading basic prayers.
  • Brown Aleph Champion – Master reading higher level Tefillot.
  • Grey Aleph Champion – Master reading from the Siddur in a timed fashion.
  • Black Aleph Champion – Master reading over 100 words in a minute.