זכור ימות עולם בינו שנות דור ודור
.שאל אביך ויגדך, זקניך ויאמרו לך
Working with the start of the 303 most common words found in ספר בראשית, children will develop mastery in order to best be able to open their first Chumash and learn successfully. Beginning with פ’ בראשית children will learn through פרשת ויחי with focus on Midos Tovos throughout. Children will begin מפרשים with רש”י script and then move to a deeper exploration of רש”י. Children will practice פסוקים to gain a more broad knowledge of the words of Torah.
As a continuation of our work in the Primary Division, children will master the 303 words that are most common throughout ספר בראשית. Children will work toward reviewing the פרשת השבוע twice weekly in practicing קריאה as well as work on completion of ספר תהילים. Prefixes and suffixes as well as past, present and future will be studied in depth with concrete materials to best work towards mastery.
At this developmental stage; from six to nine years, children are in a sensitive period for socialization and social awareness. Working with this, the Morah and Rebbe create ongoing situations for children to develop their self-respect and respect of others in the room. A strong and positive focus on middos tovos run straight throughout the day; in learning, davening, playing and working. Classroom meetings help to build these skills and leave space for children to share and explore about their experiences and feelings. Children will use their ‘avodas hayom’ books to create a personal schedule each day. They will use this list at the end of each day to ensure they are keeping to their personal goals as well as their Morah’s and Rebbe’s goals.
Children will work through the timeline materials to best understand the development of themselves within their place in Hashem’s world. Understanding the פרשיות through learning the History of the Jewish Nation offers the children a strong and clear understanding of our development throughout the years. Children will learn the פרשת השבוע weekly and work to build a d’var Torah to present both at school and at home. These presentations will include skills on comprehension, note-taking, translating, and public speaking. Using this children will further develop their inner-motivation, self-discipline and desire to learn with confidence.
“Education between the ages of six to twelve is not a direct continuation of that which has gone before, though it is built upon that basis. Psychologically there is a decided change in personality, and we recognize that nature has made this a period for the acquisition of culture, just as the former was for the absorption of the environment.” -Dr. Maria Montessori
The Language Area is a fully equipped area of the room built to develop the oral and written language of the child. The language area includes a comprehensive spelling curriculum, word study (including antonyms, synonyms, homonyms, and compounds, as well as the parts of speech), creative writing, and research skills. Reading of every kind is highly encouraged, as children are introduced to poetry, folk tales, non-fiction, and classic literature. Children are also given many opportunities to read out loud – giving a presentation they have written, or dramatizing the work of another author.
Our concrete math area develops the skills and tools necessary for current and future mathematical study. Children continue their sensorial experience from Primary as they research and develop mathematical equations. As the child progresses through the materials they move through more abstract math concepts including problem solving, fractions, borrowing, carrying, charting and graphing, measurement, long division and algebraic equations.
“The elementary child has reached a new level of development. Before he was interested in things: working with his hands, learning their names. Now he is interested mainly in the how and why…the problem of cause and effect.” -Dr. Maria Montessori
Using ששת ימי הבראשית as the root of the development of our planet, children will further their studies throughout the Science area of the room. Children will work on life science lessons; botany, zoology, biology, physical science and earth science. Reasoning, hypothesizing and researching skills are further developed throughout the children’s explorations.