Our 1-2 community brims with activity. Here students begin to accelerate brain development by learning in two languages in light-filled spaces where two teachers per class work with students on differentiated instruction, students are mesmerized by Biblical stories, and their creative work is displayed throughout.
In Language Arts, students learn strategies to decode challenging words and read with accuracy. They choose topics that interest them as they explore nonfiction and fiction, and they write “small moment” stories that teach them to use description and even dialogue in their writing. The year includes a poetry slam for first graders as vehicles to share their work with an authentic audience. Second graders continue to hone comprehension skills, and publish their own books, complete with a book party at which they receive real-time feedback from peers and parents. Project-based learning begins with a shuk that involves making goods in our MakerSpace and arithmetic, as students set prices and make change, and tzedakah, as they give their proceeds to the charity they have voted on as a class.
In Math, first graders gain understanding of addition and subtraction, place value, linear measurement, and the attributes of geometric shapes. Second grade builds upon this fluency, and adds to it, through the analysis of shapes and units of measurement.
In Judaic Studies, students acquire Hebrew reading and writing skills, and continue to develop a strong Jewish identity through a range of Shabbat and holiday programming, including our legendary First Grade Siddur Party and Second Grade Torah Celebration.
Torah, tefillah, and Zionism are core elements of the curriculum. Students study stories and personalities from Bereshit (Book of Genesis), master many morning prayers, singing always with great intention and spirit, and they expand their knowledge of Israel.