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Curriculum

Curriculum

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We're impressed with our curriculum, now it's your turn! We hope to engage your child's sense of identity by capturing his/her imagination and attention. We therefore put a lot of effort into providing our students with substantive lessons and a positive atmosphere.

The lessons are multi-sensory and hands-on, ensuring that the students truly experience what they are being taught. The lessons are structured with discussion-starters to create a lively, interactive classroom experience. The information truly becomes the student's own.

HEBREW READING AND WRITING

Depending on reading ability, children learn to read using the CAP IT or Aleph Champ curriculums.

CAP IT
Chabad Hebrew School uses the highly motivational CAP IT to teach Hebrew reading. We are confident that your child will enjoy every minute of it, and learn to read in record time. Our programs are multi-sensory, and based on the latest research on reading and child development.

The CAP IT curriculum has many components.The CAP IT workbook as well as the Progress Chart will stay in the classroom, as your child progresses through the 44 lessons of the program. Our program teaches how to read through toys which we call Tactile Visual Mnemonics. These toys serve as memory aids, helping the student retain the sound. Your child will be handed these toys in the beginning of every lesson, and will bring these toys home one lesson at a time. A set of Flash-Cards are used at home for daily review and reinforcement of learned material.

 

Aleph Champ
Chabad Hebrew Schools are changing the course of Hebrew reading forever with a new innovative, cutting edge reading system. Based on the martial arts motivational philosophy of color coded levels and testing, the Aleph Champion Program provides motivation and inspiration for Chabad Hebrew School students around the world.

Easily attainable levels and professional materials, make Aleph Champ an incredible success. The students start out as "White Aleph Champs", working their way up the colors of the rainbow to be a "Black Aleph Champ" like their teachers.

Parents and teachers alike are amazed by the results. Students are motivated and have clear goals defined for them. Twice a year, Aleph Champ Award Ceremonies offer more motivation and recognition for student achievement. Learning to read Hebrew has never been so much fun!

 

Aleph Champ Levels 

White: Master first 18 letters of Aleph Bet

Red: Master all 32 letters of Aleph Bet

Orange: Master first 3 vowels with their letter combinations

Yellow: Master first 6 vowels with their letter combinations

Green: Master first 9 vowels with their letter combinations

Blue: Master all vowels and exceptions

Purple: Master basic prayers

Brown: Master reading higher level prayers

Grey: Master reading from the siddur in timed fashion

Black: Master reading 100 words per minute correctly

 

JEWISH TRADITION

In order for children to be able to develop a sense of pride for their Jewish heritage, they need to  learn about their traditions. It is our goal to have them understand as many traditions and concepts as possible, in a manner that allows them to see the beauty and meaning of Jewish tradition.

HISTORY OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE

Students will study the incredible, rich history of our people from the very beginning, by studying the book of Genesis (Bereishit), continuing to the Book of Exodus, and journeying through the Jewish timeline.

Our younger students will be using the excellent and innovative Beraishit and Shemot curriculum, which brings the lessons of the first two books of the Torah down to the students in a fun, hands-on and creative way. The children will experience the Torah stories as if they were there! Students create their very own history scrapbook, allowing them to internalize what they have learned and to express their creativity and imagination.

JEWISH HOLIDAYS

As each holiday of the Jewish calendar approaches, we will spend a great deal of time learning about the history, customs and traditions of the holiday. Expect your children to learn in depth about the following holidays; Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Chanuka, Purim, Pesach, Lag B’omer, and Shavuot.

Our holiday curriculum is also spiced up with games, projects, songs, performances and projects. Quite often as we approach the last few days before a major holiday, other subjects such as history are suspended to allow enough time to properly teach about the holidays.

We encourage you to ask your children to share with you the many things they are learning about each holiday. This will help reinforce what they are learning in the classroom and will add meaning to your family holiday celebrations. We also encourage you to join our community holiday celebrations and services; they are all offered at no cost and require no membership.

PRAYER

Our younger students will be taught basic prayers including “Modeh Ani”, “Shema” and more, using a beautifully designed Siddur. The stunning pictures provide the students with a clear understanding of the words they are reciting, as they clap and sing along with the accompanying CD, enabling them to master the prayers through music and song.

Our older students are introduced to more advanced prayers such as the Amidah, using a Siddur that was specially designed for Hebrew Schools. The Siddur includes simple, clear introductions to each prayer, English translations so the students can better understand what they are saying, extra large Hebrew letters for easier reading, and key words highlighted for further study.

ISRAEL

Our students will attain an appreciation, understanding and affection for our homeland Israel.


JEWISH VALUES

Beginning with the origins of the Mitzvot, stressing practical applications in our daily lives, our students will explore a personal Jewishness.

At Chabad Hebrew School, we believe that Judaism is a holistic experience, involving the whole child, at all times. We therefore include in our curriculum special activities and "Mitzvah Missions,"  which allow our students to bring home the concepts they are learning in Hebrew School and to experience them fully.

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