By third grade students are taught in skill-based groups for Hebrew classes. Vocabulary expands from the immediate surrounding of the students to their city, country, Israel and the world. In grammar we introduce past tense, prepositions, possessive and more. In reading we introduce readings from the weekly portion every week. Hebrew vocabulary from Torah classes, Holiday classes and Tefillah are added to the leveled Hebrew classes every day.
In Torah our students delve into the Torah text using Mikraot Gedolot (a compendium of Biblical Commentaries). In third grade students explore parashiyot (the portions) Chayei Sara, Toldot, VaYetze, VaYishlach, VaYeshev, and MiKetz. In fourth grade subjects will include slavery in Egypt, the ten plagues, and the Exodus from Egypt. In fifth grade our students will focus on the books of Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.
Through this journey, students will become familiar with the Biblical commentators. They will research biographies of different commentators, learn the Rashi script, and read their perushim (commentaries) as they study the text. Our students will become independent readers of the Biblical text in Hebrew, they will develop love of Torah study
Third through fifth grade students have shacharit (morning services) daily. In addition to learning how to recite the prayers, student will discuss general concepts and ideas in the prayers and will be introduced to new tunes for the prayers. Our yearly programs will focus on the Rosh Chodesh service, Maariv service, and Shabbat service.
Prayers at each program will be followed by special plays about our sages traveling through the ages, for example, Light in Hanukkah, and in many cultures and the Mask of Purim.