Our first grade proudly celebrates their “Siddur Party” in January and “Chumash Party” in May with the acquisition of their very first sefarim (Judaic books). These students are also introduced to the Tal Am Hebrew Language program. Designed for students in first, second, and third grades, Tal Am is a comprehensive, cutting-edge Hebrew Language curriculum that employs different modalities to help students learn to speak and understand Hebrew in a fun and informative way.
Beginning with first grade and continuing through elementary school, we teach and reinforce the Chumash text skills that will enable our students to become lifelong Torah learners. Our teachers emphasize word attack skills, and a true understanding of the material is a primary objective at the elementary level. Teachers bring to life the ethical lessons and midot tovot (good character traits) from our Avot (patriarchs) and Imahot (matriarchs) and help students develop their inner moral compass through the messages of the Torah. We introduce Rashi’s commentary in third grade and the study of Navi (prophets) commences in fourth grade.
The study of Mishnah begins in fourth grade and continues through Middle School. Students are taught about Eretz Yisrael and its critical role in the ancient and modern world through creative programming and map study skills. Hebrew Language is woven into the students’ daily routine through formal lessons, classroom directions, lively displays, and “Hebrew only” class trips.
Language Arts: Our comprehensive balanced literacy program consists of a sophisticated reading, writing, spelling, and grammar curriculum. Using the most current reading strategies, we strengthen our students’ comprehension skills by having them question, visualize and make connections to the text they read. Reading comes alive in every classroom as our students participate in literature circles and receive formal reading instruction in guided reading groups.Writing is a critical component of our literacy program. “The Writing Process” is introduced in the early elementary years and these skills are refined throughout every grade. We place emphasis on mastering all requisite writing, spelling and grammar skills needed to complete all written work correctly. We celebrate our students’ writing annually on “Author’s Night.” This highlight of the year celebrates our students as accomplished authors.
Math: Our math curriculum is both comprehensive and challenging. Emphasis is placed on mastering fundamental basic facts and concepts. We encourage students to use their critical thinking ability when solving higher level mathematical problems. Relating math to everyday life is a key component of our program.
Social Studies: Our outstanding social studies program is comprised of units on the world in which we live, geography concepts, map skills, and current events. We strive to develop our students’ analytical thinking skills when discussing pertinent world issues.
Science: Our elementary science program provides students with in-depth
knowledge of the curriculum using an interactive approach. Our students perform
experiments which allow them to make observations, record data, and predict
outcomes. Our kindergarten through third grade students work cooperatively in
the classroom while investigating numerous scientific topics. Life science,
chemical, environmental, and physical units are covered in fourth and fifth
grades. Students learn to use computers and iPads as tools to develop science
skills as they conduct research for projects, graph data, document their
findings, and demonstrate results through multimedia presentations. Our
students are also active participants in the Politz Science Fair and Science
Matters Day. The knowledge students acquire during these formative elementary
years prepares them well for our Middle School science curriculum.