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Curriculum and Conferences


2016-2017 ELEMENTARY CURRICULUM INFORMATION (Bet-Hey, 2nd - 5th Grade)

In these young years, when your child is eager to learn, Talmud Torah takes full advantage of this opportunity.  Through inter-active classes, computer lab, music, group assemblies, school-wide celebrations, field trips, and other varieties of experiences, our Elementary program assists our students in creating a meaningful Jewish identity, as well as forging a strong connection to Jewish peers and community.  It also lays the necessary foundation for preparing to become a Bar or Bat Mitzvah.

 

Students develop much pride in being Jewish as they journey through the Elementary curriculum.   They read Hebrew well and understand and speak in short Hebrew sentences.  As they begin to investigate the time line of Jewish history, students discover the narratives and moral lessons found in the texts of the Torah and the Prophets.  They experience Jewish holidays, values and ethics, and integrate the fundamentals of living a Jewish life.  They engage in the study of liturgy in the Siddur (prayer book), and learn the deeper concepts beneath the important prayers. Students explore Israel through its geography, people, and diverse cultures. Individualized and creative projects bring knowledge to life!  

WHAT IS THE CURRICULUM FOR THE  ELEMENTARY SCHOOL?


Students focus on six areas of curriculum:  Hebrew, Israel, Jewish History, Jewish Living, Tanach (Bible) and T’fillah (Prayers).  We use a “spiraling” approach, each year reviewing previously learned content intersected with new learning to make for meaningful, real-world connections.

 

Grade
Curriculum Overview
2nd Grade Bet Overview Grid

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

 

2016-2017 MIDDLE SCHOOL CURRICULUM INFORMATION (Vav-Het, 6th-8th Grade)

Students in our Middle School Program will be celebrating one of the biggest and most defining milestones of their Jewish lives:  they will become B’nai Mitzvah.  As they enter our program in 6th grade (Vav), they have already begun their preparations for this major event.  By the time they graduate from our program in 8th grade (Het), they will all be Jewish “adults,” responsible for their own Jewish lives, actions, and obligations.  During these years, Talmud Torah recognizes the importance of making their learning relevant and helpful in achieving this important milestone, and in transitioning into Jewish “adulthood.”

WHAT IS THE CURRICULUM FOR THE MIDDLE SCHOOL?

In Middle School, students continue to build on the curricular areas introduced in the younger grades, but at a more complex level.  Students develop a deeper connection to Israel through learning about the history, achievements and challenges of modern Israel.  Students better understand the roles of Jews in American History.  They gain deeper insight into our holidays, lifecycle events and the importance of Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World). Prayer study focuses on Shabbat morning prayers and Torah service to enhance congregational participation.  The Hebrew language program exposes students to modern conversational Hebrew and using online resources.  Students engage in learning through meaningful classes, values-based discussions, group assemblies, school-wide celebrations and field trips.

 

Grade

Curriculum Overview

 

6th Grade

Vav Overview Grid

7th Grade
8th Grade

Het Overview Grid


WHEN ARE CLASSES OFFERED?

Elementary students attend classes two times a week (5 hours total):

Students meet Sun/Wed OR Tues/Thurs depending on grade and registration. Classes are two-three hours per session involving a variety of dynamic learning activities with a short break in the middle.

Middle School students attend two days a week. (3-4 hours total):
Het (8th grade) students who choose not to pursue Hebrew language studies have the option of a one day program in the evenings.  Synagogues hold their B'nai Mitzvah educational program on Shabbat mornings, which replaces our Sunday morning classes at Talmud Torah.

WHAT IS THE CURRICULUM FOR HIGH SCHOOL?

Yachad is the communal high school program for Minneapolis Jewish students beginning for the 2015-2016 school year.  For more information on Yachad, please see their website:

www.yachadmn.org.

 
 
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