Kitah Alef - Grade 1

Teacher: Morah Marisa Jackson


Students will explore selected stories in the book of Beresheet/Genesis, building on what was learned in Torah Lataf.  The class is guided by these questions: Who are the members of our Torah family?  What do we learn from our Torah family about how to treat each other and the world?  The Torah curriculum includes connections to Hebrew, prayers, holidays, mitzvot (sacred acts), and middot (values).  Torah is learned and experienced through children's literature, art, music, drama, and social action activities. 

Chagim/Holidays and Shabbat:   
We use BJL Beginnings pamphlets with family learning components.
Through engaging, experiential, and age-appropriate activities, students will explore the meaning of the Jewish holidays, including their rituals, mitzvot and the way they are celebrated in Israel.  Students will share how their families celebrate Jewish holidays to enrich the classroom learning.  The students make the challah for one of the BAS Family Shabbat Service & Dinner programs.

Spirituality and Tefillah/Prayer:
Kitah Alef will explore the synagogue and what makes it a special place. During snack time, the students will practice reciting blessings over different foods. Students will sing, understand the meaning of, and make a personal connection to the following prayers: Modeh Ani, Mah Tovu, Shema, Mi Chamocha, and Oseh Shalom. They will practice the Chanukah candle blessings and the Four Questions, as well as identify the concepts of mitzvot and tzedakah and how they apply to students’ lives.

Click here to listen to Shabbat and holiday prayers and songs.

Students will learn to identify some of the Hebrew letters and learn Hebrew words in connection with their study of tefillah, Torah, holidays, and music. Hebrew letters are taught with a multi-sensory approach—speaking, singing, writing, kinesthetic activities such as alef-bet yoga, stories about the letters, and art projects.

Building community:
Through our Chaverim (Buddies) program, students will have many opportunities to build connections with students in Torah Lataf (Kindergarten) and Kitah Dallet (4th grade).

Kitah Alef students will join the Kindergarteners for music. The music curriculum includes Shabbat morning tefillot, holiday songs, Israeli songs, and traditional Jewish songs.

Israel is incorported into the Kitah Alef Torah and holidays curriculum. They also explore aspects of Israel through activities led by their 4th grade chaverim (buddies).

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