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The kindergarten curriculum is based on helping each child explore the world around him using a comprehensive curriculum which hones all senses and skills vital to their development.
The World of… Yiddishkeit:
The children learn Brachos, Parsha, all about the Yomim Tovim, Midos Tovos, Aleph Beis, and the phonetic sounds of the Aleph Beis.
The World of… Shapes:
The name of the shapes with many activities on each shape. The children also learn how shapes apply in their everyday life.
The World of… Colors:
The colors, the art of mixing colors and many crafts which build their appreciation to the world of colors.
The World of… Kinesthetics:
Nothing quite helps a child learn like exploring the world with their own two hands. Painting, planting, baking and cutting engages a child to truly feel the world around them.
As preparation to first grade and to life, the curriculum is based on the three pillars of Yiddishkeit: Torah, Avodah and Gemilas
An overview of the curriculum:
Torah: Kriah, Parshas Hashavua, Yamim Tovim and Jewish Calendar, and pertinent Halachos.
Avodah: Tefillah, Birchas Hamazon, Bircas Hanehenin
Gemilas Chasadim: Midos Bein Adam L’Chaveiro and Derech Eretz
The letters and phonetic sounds of the Aleph-Bais with many hints to remember them.
The names and phonetic sounds of the Nekidos.
Combining Nekidos with Aleph Bais and pronouncing them correctly.
Building their skills until they can read words and move on to Tehillim and reading from a Siddur.
Parshas Hashavua/Yom Tov and the Jewish Calendar:
All of the above is taught in story form with many morals and midos incorporated in the lessons. In addition, the pertinent mitzvos, mussar, hashkafah and halachos are taught on age level.
The kids also gain much general knowledge for example: math and calculations pertaining to the Parshah and Yiddish Calendar.
The kids learn all halachos pertaining to their age-bracket.
Davening, Brachos and Bentching:
The children start out slowly and much focus is put on pronouncing the words properly since this is likely the way they’ll say it the rest of their lives. Slowly, we add on until they master all of it.
The children learn and internalize so much on Yiras Shamayim and Shivisi Hasehm.
V’ahavta L’reacha Kamocha:
It’s a big klal in the Torah and a huge klal in the classroom. There’s a strong, no-tolerance approach to any sort of mistreatment, fighting and bullying in and out of the classroom. Through social skills building and midos learning, the children learn and grow in this aspect.
The children learn the alphabet and the phonetic sounds of the letters. They also start putting together simple words.
The children learn to recognize numbers, shapes and colors.
One of the main goals of the year in 1st grade is for the talmidim to gain a feel for a pasuk of chumash in such a way that even when reading an unfamiliar pasuk, the children can use their knowledge of certain familiar keywords to piece together the meaning of the unfamiliar pasuk. While Chumash and parsha are the core focus, the students learn to recognize shorashim and shimushim. Aseres Hadibros is learned as well with a heavy concentration on kriah. Parsha is learned in depth, going through not just the stories, but deriving the halachos from the parsha as well. The halachos are brought to life with inspiring stories. Hilchos brachos is also covered, and the talmidim sing nigunim with geshmak.
The building blocks to enable students to have strong writing and communication skills are instilled in the 1st grade. The Students learn phonics and writing. They also learn about numbers and basic addition. The boys get a sense for how society is organized by learning about government. In science, students learn about plants and animals, and their lifecycles, gaining an appreciation for the processes of discovery and how the world around them works from the simple to the complex. The boys’ innate curiosity is cultivated by having the students explore and understand their environment. Show and tell, an exciting reward, goes to best behaved student each week and relates to students’ weekly learning.
The talmidim learn chumash with Yiddish teitch and practice with worksheets. They learn new words focusing on shorashim. They also do chazarah at home on these words. They often play a matching game that helps the students learn by matching the shoresh word to the teitch. The rebbe carefully explains the difference between similar sounding words with different spelling, teaching them to recognize these differences by paying close attention to the letters . They also cover shimushim and dikduk with the various tenses. Over the course of the year, they cover parshas Chaya Sarah – Miketz. Upon the completion of each parsha there is a siyum and farher. After pesach, most talmidim are able to teitch 90 percent of the words of a pasuk. They are also rewarded with the opportunity to play rebbe for a day, instructing the class in a day’s lesson and boosting their self-esteem.
Increasing reading fluency and comprehension is a main focus in 2nd grade. The students learn to read short stories and to comprehend them. By learning literary techniques, recognizing sight words, increasing spelling accuracy, and practicing creative writing, students learn to communicate with accuracy, clarity, and impact. Building upon addition and subtraction skills, the students amass the core abilities in math necessary for growth and success. Learning place values, denominations of money, and how to tell time on analog clocks are some of the skills learned in the 2nd grade. Students are enthusiastic about learning about the seasons, weather and different kinds of animals. Reading maps and learning about the 7 continents, the oceans, the 50 states, and their capitals are some of the skills the students will master. Especially exciting to the boys are their hands-on projects which they present with inordinate pride.
With great havana, 3rd grade studies parshas hashavua with midrashei chazal. They start out with learning 20 pesukim each week in depth identifying specific words. Shorashim and shimushim learning is complimented with the notebook “Lashon HaTorah.” The essential learning is focused on Rashi, and the talmidim learn 25 lines of Rashi from the parsha including: how to identify the kasha and teirutz; how to translate; and how to gain a true kinyan of the Rashis. The learning of Mishnayos Brachos starts on tu b’shvat. An understanding of the connection between the written and oral Torahs is instilled in the boys as well as the halachos of daily living from the shulchan aruch and all the relevant halachos before each yom tov. The stories from sifrei chazal of great tzadikkim are a student favorite. With these stories, the talmidim gain a better understanding and practical picture of middos tovos and the ideals of mussar. The talmidim also learn the basics of Yiddish vowelization, and they gain fluency in writing.
Students continue to develop their written communication skills by working on long and short vowels with spelling games helping them with proficiency and vocabulary. Sound-letter relationships, visual memory, and meanings are the 3 strategies used in the instruction. Short stories are read with concentration on comprehension and an introduction to literature analysis. The early development of grammar rules is instilled in the boys with application in their writings. Writing journals, as well as writing about the seasons, reinforces sentence structure lessons. Students also work on cursive handwriting. The boys learn about sound and sound waves. They also learn about the natural world and how it functions. U.S. history is studied on grade level. In math, the students learn place values, estimation, rounding and money. This year the students will master their addition and subtraction skills using 3 and 4 digit numbers and are introduced to multiplication.
Great emphasis is placed on proper pronunciation and enunciation of the words in 4th grade. The rebbe pays close attention to each student so that he correctly says the words of the tefilah and tehilim.Understanding the meaning is also important, and the boys learn the meaning of all the brachos of the shmoneh esrei, taiching each word.The halachos of daily living from the shulchan aruch are imparted.While they cover the entire parsha in chumash each week, the first two to three aliyos are studied in depth with Rashi.In mishnayos, the students learn Yuma and Sukkah.The talmidim are thrilled to be performing a special play at the end of learning Yuma where they act out the service of the Kohen Gadol with costumes and live props. With the completion of Sukkah, the students will each be building their own dioramas of their special chosen sukkah.As a treat, the student of the week is privileged to play the rebbe of the class and instructs the class as to the day’s learning and how it will take shape.This is incredibly rewarding for the students and they are all eager to have their turn as the leader of the classroom.
During this year, students expand on their skills and knowledge they acquired in previous years. They learn the basics of essay writing and how to write proper paragraphs with introductions, bodies and conclusions. These skills are reinforced and strengthened by weekly writing assignments. Learning about sentence structure, fragments, run-ons, and conjunctions and how to properly edit their own work gives the students pride in their own creative writing! Additionally, daily cursive writing is a student favorite. Moreover, to increase the effectiveness of their own communication skills students are reading short stories, engaging in discussions on the stories and undertaking skills worksheets. Basic algebra skills, understanding variables, long multiplication, division, and mental calculations are important math abilities acquired this year. Students learn the properties of matter, scientific measurements, the properties of sound, and the properties of electricity. Furthermore, the boys learn United States history with prodigious enthusiasm.
An exciting new chapter in the development of the talmidim begins this year. With the start of gemara learning, the students are building their skills and sharpening their minds to delve into the yam hatalmud. These essential skills will help them grow into future talmidei chachamim. Learning how to approach a sugya, recognizing the kashas of the gemara and asking themselves how they would personally approach the same topic are skills being instilled into the boys. The relevance of gemara and topics even in today’s modern world is further discussed. Emphasis on basic reading skills without nekudos or punctuation marks helps the students gain independence in their learning. In halacha, the students cover the laws of brachos in order to properly say brachos according to the shulchan aruch.
Readying themselves to daven with a minyan, they build up to davening the complete tefilah throughout the year. Eventually they are able to daven a full davening including korbanos, kaveh and shir’ shel yom. They also continue to deepen their learning of chumash with Rashi, strengthening their skills and increasing havana.
In math, students work on mastering multiplication and division. Understanding the concept of decimals and fractions including adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing are studied under a common core rubric. Students take EPS standardized vocabulary tests at NYS grade level preparing them for future academic success. Reading and analyzing literature enhances the boys’ writing abilities. Students learn to compose business letters with proper grammar, sentence and paragraph structure. Additionally, interdisciplinary writing assignments strengthen knowledge gained in Language Arts, History and Science. American history is being taught this year with a focus on geography and maps. The different cultures in North and South America are also studied. Students learn about organisms from single cell to complex animal life. They learn the different classification systems and how to organize scientific data. The boys always look forward to their science fair where they present on scientific experiments they have completed.
A geshmak davening starts the day bright and early at 7:30a.m. The boys learn an amuud of gemara every single week. They cover perik lulav hagazul, where they gain a solid understanding of the material. Being able to identify the questions of the gemara and determine what the gemara is asking and why. They learn to distinguish between kasha, shaila, teirutz, and ukimta. They delve into Rashi on the amuud with an emphasis on understanding exactly what the teirutz of the gemara is coming to answer. In halacha, the talmudim learn all of the laws pertaining to tefilah and seudas shabbos, as well as hilchos shabbos in kitzur shulchan aruuch. With fresh new eyes, they explore deep into the parshaas hashavua and develop new appreciation and understandings.
Pre-algebra, including writing algebraic expressions, is taught in math. Candy Tuesday, a favorite, reinforces NYS sixth grade level standards with fun contests and games. Reading, analyzing literature, and weekly writings consisting of a variety of thought provoking essays and business communications concentrating on improving grammar, sentence, and paragraph structure reinforce proper language arts skills. Interdisciplinary writing assignments further fortify material learned in Language Arts, History and Science. Jewish history is enthralling for the boys. Lapping up knowledge of organisms from single cell to complex animal life, the different classification systems and how to organize scientific data, the boys are enthusiastic about science and their science fair.
Becoming bar-mitzvah is an extremely exciting time for the talmidiim! Deepening their understanding of the gemara to a much higher level, the talmidiim are learning to appreciate the teirutzim of the gemara. They are learning why the gemara chose a specific answer to the exclusion of others. Completing almost an entire blatt each week, they are learning tosafos with an emphasis on trying to understand the particular approach of what each tosafos is trying to accomplish. In halacha, they are mastering the simanim of halachos in all areas of daily living and furthering their learning of chumash on a more mature level.
Being taught 7th grade Algebra, the students are mastering mathematical equations. Solving for variables using square roots, solving advanced exponential equations, working with upper level scientific notation, using advanced fractions with variables, and solving advanced equations using scientific calculators the boys are conquering math. Converting factions to decimals, decimals to fractions, and other practical applications of algebra are being imparted. They are up to the 7th grade NY state level on new vocabulary. While they are improving their spelling and vocabulary skills, they are reading and analyzing literature and short stories. The boys understand how important good communication skills are for success and strive to incorporate classroom knowledge by eagerly learning to compose business letters with proper grammar, sentence and paragraph structure. Topography, geography and human activity including the distributions of populations and resources, land use, and industries will be studied this year. Special emphasis will be on archaeology and written records concentrating on the history of the exploration and discovery of the Americas by the western world and the feudal systems of Europe as it relates to Jewish History. Interdisciplinary written projects applying knowledge gleamed in Language Arts and History are planned.
Upon entering 8th grade, the talmidim have a solid foundation in learning gemara, and they are developing true independence in their learning. Beginning to gain a real grasp of tosafos and many other meforshim, they are preparing themselves for entry into the top mesivtas in the tri- state area. Taking pride in their leadership roles as the oldest grade, they are sterling examples of Yiddishe Kinder. Their refinement in middos and derech eretz is something special the younger talmidiim look to emulate. Serving the Eibeshter with passion and geshmak, they are paving the way for a lifetime of avodas Hashem with deveikus and yiraas shamayim. They are learning all the relevant halachos of a bar mitzvah bochur such as tefilin, tefilah b’tzibur, etc. At this point they are learning chumash with great depth and completing almost the entire parsha each week.
Being taught 8th grade Algebra, the students are mastering mathematical equations. Solving for variables using square roots, solving advanced exponential equations, working with upper level scientific notation, using advanced fractions with variables, and solving advanced equations using scientific calculators the boys are conquering math. Converting factions to decimals, decimals to fractions, and other practical applications of algebra are being imparted. Students have made great strides in Language Arts! Working very hard, they are up to the 8th grade NY state level on new vocabulary: they are taking ETS vocabulary tests preparing them for high school and beyond. These tests are the precursor of the PSATs and SATS. While, they are improving their spelling and vocabulary skills, they are reading and analyzing literature and short stories. The boys understand how important good communication skills are for success and strive to incorporate classroom knowledge by eagerly learning to compose business letters with proper grammar, sentence and paragraph structure. Topography, geography and human activity including the distributions of populations and resources, land use, and industries will be studied this year. Special emphasis will be on archaeology and written records concentrating on the history of the exploration and discovery of the Americas by the western world and the feudal systems of Europe as it relates to Jewish History. Interdisciplinary written projects applying knowledge gleamed in Language Arts and History are planned.
The benefits of physical activity can never be underestimated. A healthy physical outlet can transform a child and give him the feeling of success in a non-academic setting. With their minds being exerted all day, it’s vital to exert energy in a healthy environment.
Professional instruction is available at our state-of-art gym every day. High ceilings and ample space provides the perfect airiness to get those muscles working. Our professional coaches work with every class daily, with age-appropriate instruction. Some examples are soccer, basketball, volleyball and football.
We offer a variety of activities to enhance school spirit and and bring lessons into the real world, including:
Shabbos and Yom Tov
- Instilling a simcha in yiddishkeit is vital in today’s generation. Therefore, it’s the number one priority to impart lots of knowledge – as well as meaning – into the beauty of Shabbos and Yom Tov with a host of extracurricular activities.
- The younger grades have an engaging Oneg Shabbos each Friday. Every week, they learn a new song and the beauty behind the song. Then, each class has a separate raffle with an age-appropriate prize. On a rotation system, a melamed regales the boys with a Shabbos story which is printed in their weekly newsletter to enable sharing with the family at the Shabbos table.
- Every Friday, the older grades get tested by Rabbanim and Torah personalities from all over the country. Each one leaves the building astounded at the knowledge these young children display, and the children gain tremendously from these weekly tests. In addition, during the school year, the talmidim have the honor of visiting many Rabbanim from Lakewood, Brooklyn, and Monsey.
- In anticipation of Yom Tov, the children cover all pertinent halachos, which is printed in a booklet.
- Practical questions are then answered on worksheets, and the kids are tested orally before the chag.
- They then enjoy an assembly where they listen to famous speakers speak about the meaning of Yom Tov.