Jewish Living and Learning—Peulot 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 Peulot 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 peulot points a year. Click here for more information.
Students will review the books of Beresheet and Shemot, then study the book of Vayikra focusing on the theme of what it means to be holy. Kitah Gimmel will explore these guiding questions: How can I be holy? How can a community or space be holy? Students will explore and experience mitzvot (laws) and middot (values) in the book of Vayikra, including the power of our words, living on Jewish time, and caring for the earth.
Chagim/Holidays and Shabbat:
Experiencing the Jewish Holidays
Through engaging, experiential, and age-appropriate activities, students will explore the meaning of the Jewish holidays, including their rituals, mitzvot, and the way they're celebrated in Israel. Students' holiday experiences outside of class will enrich their understanding of and personal connection to each holiday.
Spirituality and Tefillah/Prayer:
Kitah Gimmel participates in Tefillah with the whole school on Sunday mornings and practices singing Friday night and Shabbat morning tefillot on Wednesdays. Students will personalize the covers of their own new Siddurim, which they will receive on 3/30/14 during our 3rd Graders & Parents B'yachad (Together) program.
3rd graders are encouraged to participate in our Junior Congregation program from 11am-noon on Shabbat mornings to connect with our BAS community and put into practice the tefillot they are learning.
Click here to listen to Shabbat and holiday prayers and songs.
Students will strengthen their Hebrew skills when participating in tefillot, singing Hebrew songs, using modern Hebrew phrases in class, and through the Hineni 1 Hebrew program. This program builds the students' Hebrew reading and tefillah skills.
The Great Israel Scavenger Hunt
Kitah Gimmel will learn about the major cities and sites of Israel, the diversity of Israel’s people and cultures, our modern and biblical ties to the Jewish homeland, and the geography of Israel. In the process the students are introduced to simple Hebrew vocabulary and the mitzvah of love of Israel, ahavat Tzion. Israel is also integrated throughout the curriculum in their Torah, holidays, and tefillah studies. Morah Ziva shares her own experiences in Israel with the children.
Students will build connections with their Kitah Vav chaverim (buddies) throughout the year. We gather together for whole-school holiday celebrations, as well as for grade level family programs on Shabbat and Sundays during school.
Shirah (Music) and Omanut (Art):
Kitah Gimmel will participate in Shirah (music) 1-2x/month on Wednesdays with Kitah Bet. The music curriculum includes holiday songs, Israeli songs, and traditional Jewish songs. Kitah Gimmel will participate in 2 Omanut (art) workshops.
Gemilut Chasadim/Acts of Loving Kindness:
As part of our school wide Gemilut Chasadim program, Kitah Gimmel will learn about and complete a social action project on the Jewish value of Kibud Z’kaynim, honoring the elderly. The study of this value will be integrated into their Torah study, as they explore how to behave in a holy way.