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What’s happening in our classrooms? A mid-year report on Hebrew and Prayer.

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What’s happening in our classrooms? A mid-year report on Hebrew and Prayer.

Posted on: January 27th, 2016 by Access Computer No Comments
We are now about halfway through our school year, and I want to share some of the developments in Hebrew and Prayer that we have been exploring this year in our classes. We have moved away from Hebrew through Prayer, a concept that has been in use in religious schools for many years, in favor of teaching Hebrew and Prayer as separate entities.
Our students in Pre-K through grade two learn Modern Hebrew through immersion. In addition, they are developing rote prayer skills, learning such prayers as Modeh Ani, Shema, Oseh Shalom, and others by heart. Kindergartners learn letters and key vocabulary, including synagogue vocabulary, and first graders work on pre-reading skills such as simple letter and vowel combinations. Second graders move full-force into a reading primer that introduces Modern Hebrew vocabulary alongside some prayer words.
Beginning in third grade, students are learning to read Hebrew through Modern Hebrew textbooks. Students meet twice per week, for a half hour at a time, in the same leveled reading group. Rather than decoding unfamiliar sounds, they are learning vocabulary and concepts through stories and dialogue. Their reading skills are honed through this experience.
Students begin learning prayer a bit more in depth in second grade, and by third grade are ready to start delving into deeper concepts. We discuss God, why we pray, how we pray, and we practice prayer together as a school and separately in our classrooms. Each grade, through the course of the school year, will tackle the deeper meanings of five to six prayers, while learning to read those prayers as well. We are aiming for depth, not breadth, each year, and we aim to engage students with the art of prayer, not just the words. And our third graders, of course, will receive their first prayerbooks at the end of the school year.

Learning Community Open House

Posted on: April 6th, 2015 by Access Computer No Comments
Kindergarten Roundup, Taste of Preschool, and Shadowing upper grades
Have a child entering Preschool in the fall? 
Children who will be 3 or 4 in September are invited, with a parent or special guest, to join our current preschoolers and their families for a special program on Friendship & Community. Membership is not required, but advance registration is to or 248-626-2153. The program is Sunday, May 3, from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m.
Have a child entering Kindergarten in the fall? 
Children who will enter kindergarten in the fall are invited to join our current and rising kindergartners for a Kindergarten Roundup – Taste of Kindergarten. Children will take part in a typical morning on Sunday, May 3, from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. and learn firsthand what it’s like to be a kindergartner at Adat Shalom! Parents are invited to have coffee and learn about our program while the children are engaged in lots of fun! Membership is not required, but advance registration is to or 248-626-2153.
Have a child entering grades 1-7 in the Fall? 
Have an older child? Interested in having him or her shadow for a morning? Children begin in our Learning Community in many grades. While some have attended other programs, for many this is their entry point into formal Jewish education. We will happily make arrangements for your child to check out our program while you have your questions answered! Contact or call 248-626-2153.