Our teachers create the foundation for a love of Jewish learning in our youngest students.
Our teachers create the foundation for a love of Jewish learning in our little ones. For toddlers, Judaism comes to life in the classroom through Breishit’s stories. Chagim are celebrated with exciting art projects. Children marvel at the world around them through daily recited brachot and tefilot.
Our Pre-K students delve into spoken Hebrew through the Chalav u’Devash language immersion program, laying the groundwork for fluency. They explore the stories of Shemot, and the rich traditions of Shabbat and chagim.
Kindergarteners take tefila to the next level, praying from the Artscroll Youth Siddur. They deepen their understanding of Parshat Hashavua, which culminates in a Breishit celebration. Students graduate kindergarten with the ability to formulate simple Hebrew sentences.
Our first graders make impressive strides in the world of Jewish literacy. Using the holistic TaL Am Hebrew program, which teaches Hebrew through music, games, visual aids, and textbook study, children learn Hebrew print and script and become confident Hebrew readers. They also achieve confidence in tefila, and receive the Koren Youth Siddur during the Siddur Celebration. They deepen their Torah knowledge, closely studying the parshiyot.
Second graders dive into Chumash, studying Breishit through Vayera in the original text with modern Hebrew translation. Their Hebrew vocabulary expands, and they become proficient in the present tense. Students learn about the halachot and minhagim of the Chagim. During the year, students recite the first 18 brachot of the Amida each morning during tefila and discover its meaning. At the Chagigat HaChumash, the community celebrates their impressive Torah learning.
Our third graders study Torah from their own Chumashim, covering parshayiot through Vayishlach and reciting pesukim and their meanings. They learn how to read Rashi script and explain his commentary. Our students also expand their knowledge of tefila, studying the second half of the Amida. Students join Ivrit b’Ivrit or Heblish classes, and become adept in basic conversation. In our annual celebration, students explore their family trees and celebrate their culture.
In the fourth grade, our students deepen their understanding of tefila and Torah, studying the parshiyot, Vayeshev through Vayechi, as well as Navi, beginning with the book of Yehoshua. Students continue studying Ivrit through TaL Am’s multisensory curriculum. To commemorate Yom Yerushalayim and Yom HaShoah, they present individual projects.
Our fifth graders dive into Sefer Shemot in Chumash, Sefer Shoftim in Navi, and several chapters of the Mishnah. Their studies culminate with Chagigat HaMishnah, a celebration where students daven with their parents and teach them selections from the Mishnah.
Our Middle School students study Gemara and Rishonim, Tanach, Navi, and Dinim, applying a strong focus on both pshat and commentary. Students also explore ancient and modern Jewish History, including Zionism. Through Ivrit b’Ivrit instruction and the study of Hebrew literature, students build on their Hebrew fluency. A twinning program pairs NSHA eighth graders with Israeli peers for Hebrew conversations over Skype.
In preparation for becoming Bnai Mitzvah, boys deepen their knowledge of tefila, and eventually lead both tefila and keriya. In sixth grade, with the support of Bnai Akiva shlichot, girls participate in their own spirited tefila group, strengthening their understanding of the prayers and their connection to them. In seventh and eighth grades, girls participate in tefila discussion groups and deliver Divrei Torah.
Co-curricular enrichment programs and celebrations deepen students’ understanding and relationships to the chagim. These include: tzizit and challah making, Mishmar, a megillah reading training course, a Tu B’Shevat seder, and a Sukkot chagiga. Students also take part in the Names, Not Numbers Holocaust curriculum, in which they study the history of the Holocaust and then record an interview with a survivor about his/her experiences.
A large emphasis is placed on chesed activities in the middle school. Students volunteer with developmentally disabled children, at a soup kitchen, and at a geriatric center.