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Religious School Curriculum

All students from age 3 through grade 7 begin our Sunday Morning program from 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. with complimentary bagels and juice in our Religious School lobby,

Students each bring a tzedakah donation to contribute to our school tzedakah collection for the year.

 

 

♪ Religious School/Sunday School music
On Wednesdays and Sundays, Cantor Kathy teaches Shabbat prayers and fun Hebrew and secular songs to the religious school. The students learn the prayers that are sung every Shabbat, as well as holiday and festival songs that relate to the curriculum. The 6th and 7th graders also learn prayers in preparation for their upcoming bar or bat mitzvah service.

 

Katonton (Age 3)
Sundays 9:30 a.m. - noon
Katonton kids join their teacher for a fun-filled morning exploring Judaism through stories, art, music, and play with friends. The focus of the curriculum is on Jewish Holiday exploration, Torah stories, and connecting our children to the Jewish values that help us make good choices.

Pre-K & Kindergarten
Sundays 9:30 a.m. – noon
Through an engaging, hands-on curriculum, our Pre-K and Kindergarten students explore Hebrew, Holiday, Mitzvot/ Middot (Jewish commandments and values), and Torah.

Each week the students explore one or two Hebrew letters and Jewish Heritage words that guide the children through our Jewish year.

Grades 1 & 2
Sundays 9:30 a.m. – noon
Our students in grades 1 & 2 incorporate Jewish values in their exploration of Jewish Holidays. This class offers more intensive focus on the Hebrew language so that students develop a heritage vocabulary and can identify the sounds and names of most of the letters of the Hebrew alphabet.

Students explore the Hebrew language through a variety of creative modes, including the renowned Hebrew through Movement curriculum.

Grades 3 & 4
Sundays 9:30 a.m. – noon
Wednesdays 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Students study Hebrew each session with the support of local Hebrew experts. We use the Mitkadem program
for our students to learn in small groups and individually at their own pace.

Students also participate in activities, programs, and experiences that explore the rhythm of Jewish time and our responsibility of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world.

Grade 5
Sundays 9:30 a.m. – noon
Wednesdays 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Fifth graders continue through our Mitkadem program, which provides in-depth Hebrew study at each students’ own
pace individually and also in small groups. Students work with teachers and tutors to read and comprehend prayer Hebrew in preparation to lead our congregation in prayer services. Fifth graders spend one period on Sundays and all Wednesday sessions to meet their fullest Hebrew reading and comprehension potential.

Additionally, fifth grade students spend half the year learning Torah with the 3rd & 4th graders to serve as positive role models to their younger counterparts. Toward the Spring, fifth graders begin to work with the middle school cohort on their study of Torah and other activities.

 

Grades 6 & 7
Sundays 9:30 a.m. – noon
Wednesdays 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Sixth & seventh graders prepare for their debut as Jewish adults in our community. We support their growth and development through support in the following areas:

  • Tefillah (prayer) skills workshops
  • Public speaking workshops and opportunities
  • D’var Torah research and writing support
  • tikkun olam project guidance and help
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