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Hebrew Language/Jewish Studies Curriculum

Grades 1-5

Lehrman’s grade 1-4 curriculum revolves around the well-regarded TaL AM curriculum which integrates Hebrew Language instruction and Jewish studies, carefully building a vocabulary that supports each as students practice the four essential skills of language: listening, speaking, writing and reading. From day one the students hear only Hebrew and as they go through the well-documented phases of second-language acquisition, their use of Hebrew becomes more and more active.

Through use of Hebrew, and with their teachers, they learn about the Jewish year and its special days from the weekly Shabbat, to the festivals, holidays, and historic moments that make each month special from Rosh ha-Shanah and all the festivals in the fall, to Hanukkah, not forgetting Yom ha-Atzma’ut, Israel’s Independence Day and ending with Shavuot, as school ends.

Text Study and Analysis, and History 

In third grade, students receive their own copy of the Chumash, the five books of Moses, and their immersion in the MaToK curriculum which involves deeper reading of text as well as a study of Biblical linguistic construction. Fourth and fifth graders are also exposed to Jewish history as well as Rabbinic literature or Mishnah, through weekly study with local rabbis of different congregations on different topics.

Kitah Aleph/Grade 1

September/October 2020 • Elul 5780/Tishrei/Cheshvan 5781 • אלול תש"פ - תשרי תשפ"א

Shalom 1st Grade Parents,

We are looking forward to a great school year!
During the months of September and October we will introduce our first graders to the main characters of the stories in the iTal-AM program, as well as the basics of classroom routines. The focus of the program will be learning the Alef-Beit and the building blocks of the Hebrew language through the four basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Ariot: reading/writing program:

Students are learning to recognize, read and write seven letters of the Hebrew alphabet: Alef, Shin, Bet, Vet, Gimmel, Dalet, and Hei, as well as vocabulary words beginning with each letter. They also learn the vowel shva, as well as the vowels that produce the ah sound: kah-mahtz, pah-tach and chah-tahf pah-tach and the vowel cheereek, the ee sound. We plan to finish the first Ariot book.
We are incorporating iTaL AM, a new internet-based program. iTaL AM, based on the TaL AM Hebrew curriculum, uses a blended learning model which draws on TaL AM's Hebrew literacy and Jewish Studies integration. while harnessing the benefits of technology.

Daily life program or Shalom Ba-Keetah:
We are working on the following questions:
Mi ba-keetah? Mi lo ba-keetah? Who is in the classroom? Who is not in the classroom?
Mi yeled ba-keetah-? Mi yaldah ba-keetah?
Who is a boy, or who is a girl in the classroom?


The focus in the fall is on the Tishrei holidays: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and
Simchat Torah. While reviewing and learning new historical facts, customs, stories,
prayers, and songs, we will do many activities to help enhance the experiences of the
Jewish holidays in the month of Tishrei. We will talk about how to get ready for each of
the Holidays.During the months of March-May we will learn about the holidays of Purim, Pesach, Yom Ha'atzmaut, and Shavuot.



If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you for your support.

Morah Rachel and Morah Angela