Tal Am: Curriculum for Learning Hebrew and Heritage
This curriculum is based on the principles of communicative-heritage language acquisition. It activates learning in all frames of mind by utilizing a wide range of activities for all modes of communication and integrates Hebrew language acquisition, the development of Jewish concepts and values, and reading and writing skills.
The goal of Tal Am is expressed in the acronym LYMUD (learning).
LeFateach: to develop
Yeled Yehudi: a Jewish child
Maskil: who is literate
Umasur Bechol: committed and
Drachav: skilled to live Jewishly
Tal Am is organized along four inter-related tracks:
1. Shalom (Daily life in class, at home and outdoors)
2. Shabbat Shalom (Shabbat and weekly Torah reading)
3. Chag Sameach (Jewish and Israeli holidays)
4. Ariot Kore Ve Kotev (Development of Hebrew reading, writing, and language skills)
Every day, first grade at Hillel begins with a tefillah experience. In the context of the school’s core value “Ve-Ahavta”—a personal relationship with G-d—students master the key elements of the daily morning service, and begin to make personal meaning from the prayers, a process that will continue throughout their Hillel years. Their achievements are consolidated and celebrated at the annual Siddur Party, a milestone first grade event.
Using primarily the Tal-Am materials students explore the stories and personalities of Braisheet and Shmot, the first two books of the Torah. At the weekly Kabbalat Shabbat experience on Fridays, themes from the weekly Torah portion are explored through music and stories.
Books, workbooks, audio discs, flash cards, games, smart board, mini library, and computers.
The Siddur Party
Holiday Program (Chanukah, Purim)
In addition to other programs and studies which are infused with Zionism and Israel, Hillel first-eighth graders experience an eight year sequence of Israel lessons and activities, developed specifically for Diaspora Jewish Day Schools by our partners at the Lookstein Center at Bar-Ilan University. This provides the students the opportunity to become familiar with many great personalities, places and events central to the story of Israel.
As your children grow up in the 21st century, we need to provide a strong academic program for them, as well as to encourage and teach them to become communicators, collaborators, problem solvers, and critical thinkers. At Hillel, we will build a strong foundation for these skills in first grade.