Torah Lataf - Kindergarten

Teacher: Julie Staple

Torah Lataf means Torah for Young Children


Torah Lataf explores stories in Beresheet/Genesis 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.  After learning the story of Abraham and Sarah welcoming guests, the students make welcome cards we send to new members of Bet Am Shalom.

Chagim/Holidays and Shabbat:
Torah Lataf focuses on key, age-appropriate concepts with each holiday.  The class makes connections between what they are learning and experiencing in class about each holiday with how they live the holiday with their Bet Am Shalom community and at homes of family and friends. The students make challah for one of the BAS Family Shabbat Service & Dinner programs.
Spirituality and Tefillah/Prayer:
Torah Lataf explores the syngagogue and what makes it a special place.  During snack time, the students say motzi before eating challah.  Students sing, understand the meaning of, and make a personal connection to the following prayers: Modeh Ani, Mah Tovu, Shema, Oseh Shalom.  They begin to learn the Chanukah candle blessings and the 4 Questions, as well as identify the concepts of mitzvot and tzedakah and how they apply to students’ lives.

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

Students build their Hebrew vocabulary during their study of tefillah, Torah, holidays, music, synagogue, as well as through the organic use of modern Hebrew in class.  By hearing, speaking, and seeing Hebrew, students will gain reading readiness skills to start to learn the alef bet in Kitah Alef.

Building community:
Through our Chaverim (Buddies) program, students have many opportunities to build connections with students in Kitah Alef (1st grade) and Kitah Dallet (4th grade).  Parents are invited for a B'yachad (Together) program in the fall, during which they meet parents in their child's class as well as the parents of their children's chaverim.

Torah Lataf students regularly joins Kitah Alef and Kitah Bet (1st and 2nd grade) for music. The music curriculum includes Shabbat morning tefillot, holiday songs, Israeli songs, and traditional Jewish songs.

We create personal connections to the land of Israel throughout the year, including during our study of tefillah, holidays, and music.


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