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Our Curriculum

The Yavneh program is focused on creating opportunities for kids to explore the Jewish tradition to understand what role Judaism can play in their lives today and in the future.  Every class will spend time connecting to Jewish holidays as they occur.  Students will have opportunities for prayer both with Rabbi Hannah, led by Melissa and our musician in residence, Auntie A, and also in the classroom.  Our program also has a strong community-building element with intentional bonding moments built in throughout the day.  Over the course of their time at Yavneh, students will focus on the following themes:

Preschool - Our youngest learners will delve into the Jewish value Hachnasat Orchim, Welcoming Guests.  They will touch on each Jewish holiday through the lens of this value.  Students will build and explore Hebrew language utilizing Hebrew Through Movement a revolutionary program that helps kids develop a "vocabulary "of Hebrew words before they learn to decode to make learning Hebrew more like learning English.

Kindergarten - Students will delve into the Jewish value V'Ahavta l'reicha c'mocha, Love Your Neighbor As Yourself.  They will touch on each Jewish holiday through the lens of this value.  Students will build and explore Hebrew language utilizing Hebrew Through Movement a revolutionary program that helps kids develop a "vocabulary "of Hebrew words before they learn to decode to make learning Hebrew more like learning English.

First Grade - Our class will use the stories of Genesis and Exodus to think about families and how we treat each other.  Through dramatic retelling and exploration of these stories, students will learn more about how to build healthy relationships.  Students will build and explore Hebrew language utilizing Hebrew Through Movement a revolutionary program that helps kids develop a "vocabulary "of Hebrew words before they learn to decode to make learning Hebrew more like learning English.

Second Grade - Pack your suitcases!  Second grade is taking an imaginary trip to Israel.  They will "visit" important sights, learn about Israel's unique geography, meet Israelis from all walks of life and immerse in Israeli culture.  Students will build and explore Hebrew language utilizing Hebrew Through Movement a revolutionary program that helps kids develop a "vocabulary "of Hebrew words before they learn to decode to make learning Hebrew more like learning English.

Third Grade - Students will experience the Jewish lifecycle by becoming the families to some very special stuffies.  Each family will need to dive into Jewish tradition around each lifecycle event to prepare the appropriate ceremony for their stuffie.  Students will build and explore Hebrew language utilizing Hebrew Through Movement a revolutionary program that helps kids develop a "vocabulary "of Hebrew words before they learn to decode to make learning Hebrew more like learning English.

Fourth Grade - In popular culture, all Jews are Yiddish speaking, white people from New York but our fourth graders will be introduced to Jewish communities around the world and right here at home.  Students will explore their own family's Jewish story and think about what it means to them to be a link in the chain of Jewish history.  Fourth graders begin learning to decode Hebrew through the use of a primer which will introduce them to Hebrew letters.

Fifth Grade - Judaism is a tradition grounded in values.  During this year, fifth grade students will explore biblical stories that exemplify the values of Ometz Lev - Courage, Hachnasat Orchim - Welcoming Guests, Emet - Truth and Emunah - Faith.  For each value, students will create an art piece that will serve as a reminder of that value and how they can express it in their own lives.  In Hebrew, our fifth graders will use their decoding skills to practice core prayers.  For each prayer, they will examine the story behind the prayer to develop a personal connection to the prayer.  Fifth and Sixth Graders are divided into small Hebrew groups that allow students to move through material at an appropriate pace for them.

Sixth Grade - Our sixth grade program has three key components.  Students will begin with Judaism's take on Civil Discourse and the wisdom we can learn from Jewish tradition about how to talk to each other about difficult topics.  Our students will again participate in the Moving Traditions B'nai Mitzvah program, which will continue in seventh grade.  This program prepares kids for the transition to adulthood that begins with their bar or bat mitzvah ceremony.  A key component of this program are three sessions that bring parents and kids together to foster some great conversations as you begin this journey.  The final part of the year is spent studying the Holocaust.  Using the Facing History and Ourselves curriculum, students will focus on inspiring stories of survival, understanding the roots of hatred and devoting themselves to being upstanders.  In Hebrew, our sixth graders will use their decoding skills to practice core prayers.  For each prayer, they will examine the story behind the prayer to develop a personal connection to the prayer.  Fifth and Sixth Graders are divided into small Hebrew groups that allow students to move through material at an appropriate pace for them.

Seventh Grade - Our seventh graders are on the cusp of celebrating their bar or bat mitzvah and will meet for two hours about twice a month with Rabbi Hannah.  The class features the second half of the Moving Traditions curriculum which focuses on using the bar/bat mitzvah ceremony as a lens for exploring what it means to be a teenager and introduces students to the Jewish perspectives on the transition to adulthood.

Hebrew on the Hill - For students who are interested in extra Hebrew learning, we offer private one-on-one virtual tutoring during the week at a time that is convenient for your family.  You can sign up for Hebrew on the Hill when you register for Yavneh and then will be contacted in October to set up your regular session.

Sat, December 4 2021 30 Kislev 5782