KITAH GIMEL (GRADE 3)
Kitah Gimel begins formal Hebrew study using a primer text. Students learn to read Hebrew, begin to study prayers, and are introduced to everyday Hebrew words and phrases. They deepen their understanding of Jewish holidays, emphasizing how and why they are observed, and special holiday vocabulary. They also dive into classic Bible stories from Creation to the Exodus from Egypt. The stories are told with an emphasis on Jewish values. Students also learn about the major cities and life of modern Israel. Classroom study is supplemented with hands-on projects and family learning.
The year culminates with the Consecration Service when students are honored for their successful completion of nearly a year of formal Hebrew instruction and receive the prayerbook Mishkan Tefillah. On the Sunday following Consecration, families (children and parents) have their Family Education day with the CHAI Educator.
Books & Materials: Shalom Uvrachah Print Edition with CD & Family Companion, The Jewish Holiday Treasure Trail, The Explorer’s Bible I, Kid’s Cartoon Bible, The Great Israel Scavenger Hunt
KITAH DALET (GRADE 4)
Students begin the formal study of prayer, focusing mainly on the Friday night service. Prayers are read for proficiency and meaning. Students learn prayer-based vocabulary and blessings associated with each holiday. They discuss Jewish concepts of God and how they are reflected in our prayers and daily lives. They study Jewish values through “mensch” (good person) behavior. They also study Israel and begin their study of Jewish lifecycles with birth, bris and baby naming. A highlight of the year is the Kitah Dalet Shabbat dinner and Family Service, when students lead the service, teaching about the prayers they have learned. On the Sunday following their Family Service, families (children and parents) create a ceramic Kiddush cup for their Family Education day with the CHAI Educator.
Books & materials: The Explorer’s Bible II, Back-to-School Hebrew Reading Refresher, Hineni 1 supplemented with Sefatai Tiftach 1 (“ד”), Family Companion, Passport to Israel, The Whole School Curriculum Holidays IV, Jewish Holiday Copy Pak, A Kid’s Mensch Handbook
Prayers Mastered (page numbers in parenthesis are in Mishkan Tefillah, our prayerbook): Candle blessing (120), Kiddush (123), Sh’ma (152), Motzi (606), Basic blessing structure, V’Ahavta (154), Barchu (146), 4 Questions (for Passover), Havdallah (612-614) and Shehecheyanu (384).
KITAH HEY (GRADE 5)
Learning this year revolves around Jewish heroes. Students continue the study of prayer, focusing on the Amidah (the central section of Jewish prayer) and the Shabbat morning liturgy. Prayers are read for proficiency, comprehension, and meaning. Students explore heroes and heroic virtues as themes of Jewish prayer. They learn about Israel, holidays and values through the heroes who embody Jewish virtues. They explore the Jewish lifecycle of marriage. There are several highlights of the year, including a mock wedding, and two field trips, one to Mayyim Hayyim, a mikveh (Jewish ritual immersion center) in Newton which we hope parents will be able to attend, and Exploring Our Merrimack Valley Jewish Roots family field trip in the fall. Kitah Hey students lead the Kitah Hey Family Service, preceded by a delicious Shabbat dinner. On the Sunday following their Family Service, families (children and parents) create a ceramic seder plate for their Family Education day with the CHAI Educator. Finally, the culmination of the year is the Biography Project, when students choose a Jewish hero and give an oral presentation on their choice.
Books & materials: Sefatai Tiftach 2 (“ה”) and workbook, supplemented with Hineni 2, Family Companion, Journey through the Haggadah, Experience Modern Israel, Manga Midrash, Eizehu Gibor
Prayers Mastered (page numbers in parenthesis are in Mishkan Tefillah, our prayerbook): Avot v’Imahot (244), G’vurot (246), Eliyahu Hanavi (616). Some of these prayers can be accessed here.