Third and Fourth Grade
This class combines the students of third and fourth grade. The Jewish calendar is taught in greater detail: Jewish months, lunar vs. solar year, leap year, and the difference between the secular and Jewish calendars. Holiday celebration through more mature eyes will take place in the order that the holidays occur.
A connection to the land of Israel will continue to shape up as the students learn about the language, history, geography, and culture throughout the year.
The third grade marks a more comprehensive approach to the Hebrew language. Students will learn all the letters and vowels in block style, as they appear in our prayer books. The students in this age group will participate in Consecration, the ceremony marking the “formal” beginning of their Jewish education.
The third grade students will acquire the necessary skills to phonetically read the Hebrew language accurately and with fluency. The entire Friday night and Havdalah services will be taught during the weekly T’filah services, and the Four Questions will be reviewed around Passover.
By fourth grade, our students will begin to read the following prayers: Bar'chu, Sh’ma, V’ahavtah. They will become proficient in reading fluency, blessing recitation, and Hebrew prayer vocabulary. They will be introduced to the Chatzi Kaddish (Readers’ Kaddish) and will review all holiday blessings.