Kitah Vav - Grade 6

Teacher: Moreh Danny Ori

Jewish Living and Learning—Pe'ulot Point Program
At Bet Am Shalom, we recognize that some of the most powerful Jewish learning takes place outside of the classroom, often while we are together as a family. Jewish learning happens while attending services, delivering Purim baskets, welcoming neighbors, celebrating Shabbat at home, and reading a book on a Jewish topic. To encourage this kind of learning and to accommodate families' busy schedules, we have created a system in which our families can customize the learning for our children.
The Pe'ulot Point program (peulot means "activities") allows us to choose activities and services that most interest our families.
Each student in grades 3-6 is required to earn 18 pe'ulot points a year. Click here for more information.

Curriculum

Tanakh: Prophets
The Prophets: Speaking Out for Justice curriculum explores the lives of specific prophets and the Jewish values they exemplify with connections to modern day teens and adults who walk in the prophets’ footsteps.  Students will strengthen their Hebrew reading skills as they read verses from Torah and Prophets.  In addition they will learn verses of Torah to read in our Youth Service twice a year.

Chagim/Holidays and Shabbat:
The Kitah Vav holiday curriculum actively engages the students in text study, hands-on experiences, thought-provoking questions that foster discussions about how they can enrich their lives Jewishly.  

Spirituality and Tefillah/Prayer:
6th graders study, practice, and find personal connections to the Kabbalat Shabbat and Shabbat morning service, including the Torah service and blessings.  

6th graders are encouraged to attend Youth Services from 11am-noon on Shabbat mornings as well as to attend the main service to increase their comfort with the Shabbat morning service before their Bar/Bat Mitzvah year.

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

Ivrit/Hebrew:
Students will strengthen their Hebrew skills when participating in tefillot, singing Hebrew songs, using modern Hebrew phrases in class, and through the Hineni 3 Hebrew program. This program builds the students' Hebrew reading and tefillah skills.
 
Israel:
Experience Modern Israel
Through this curriculum with online components, students are immersed in a variety of aspects of Israel today: technological innovation, diverse population, politics, security, the environment, food, the arts, and sports. Kitah Vav will learn about modern Israel, as well as Israeli history, music videos, photos, art projects, primary source documents, and more which will bring their learning to life.                                                                     

Shirah (Music) and Omanut (Art):
Kitah Vav will participate in Shirah (music) with Kitah Hay 1-2 times a month. The music curriculum includes holiday songs, Israeli songs, and traditional Jewish songs. Kitah Vav will participate in 2 Omanut (Art) workshops that are integrated into the curriculum.  In the fall they will create artwork to sell at their Tzedakah Fundraiser.

Gemilut Chasadim/Acts of Loving Kindness:
Kitah Vav will explore the value of Tzedakah, including how to make decisions about where to donate tzedakah based on Jewish values.  They will organize a fundraiser for a tzedakah organization that the class chooses. 

Building community:
Our Chaverim (buddies) program gives Kitah Vav the opportunities to get to know Kitah Gimmel students, to strengthen our community across age groups. The fall Kitah Vav family program will include time for the parents of the Chaverim in grades 3 & 6 to meet. We gather together for whole-school holiday celebrations, as well as for grade level family programs on Shabbat and Sundays during school.

Youth Events:
Click here to see the many opportunities 6th graders have to participate in youth programs, including youth events, Bet Amateurs (Youth Theater), and band. Our 6th graders are invited to attend the spring retreat at Camp JRF with youth from several Reconstructionist synagogues.

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