Bet (2nd-grade) Curriculum Overview

Updated: Oct 22, 2021


BET 1

Sun/Wed In-Person Learning


Dear Kitah Bet (2nd grade) Parents,


Kitah Bet students will be learning a large amount of new material. While learning to read Hebrew is our main focus, they will be sampling a wide variety of Judaic topics.


Learning Hebrew consists of working in their textbooks, doing reinforcement activities in class, and learning the conversational Hebrew material that is stressed in the textbook. Students also begin learning blessings and prayers, concentrating on selected morning blessings and the blessings for Kabbalat Shabbat.


Our Hebrew textbook is Z’man Likro. The process of learning to read is usually slow at the beginning, as students adjust to the new symbols, with the vowels under the letters, etc. A solid start is very important, since if the students get behind at the start of the year, it is hard for them to catch up.


Since the students are attending classes two sessions a week, they will be learning more quickly. Luckily, students enjoy doing the workbook pages in the textbook. The reinforcement of these pages facilitates the mastery of the material: learning letters, vowels and special rules for how to combine them to form words. It is important that the students spend a few minutes working on Hebrew reading homework each week. An extra session at home between classes gives students’ memories a boost and makes the process much easier for the students.


Parents often ask what they can do to support their students. Even if you do not read Hebrew, ask your student to read to you. Students generally want to show you what they have learned. You can check RenWeb/FACTS online to find out what we are doing in class, including homework. Please remind your students to have supplies and their textbook with them for every class.


In the Judaic units, students will study a wide variety of topics: Mitzvot, Jewish symbols, Jewish Life Cycle, Synagogue, Bible, and Israel. For most of these topics, the students will use the special magazines they received at the start of the year. Students will also study the Jewish holidays, including Shabbat, during this part of the school day. This is a time of planting seeds, to make it easier to delve deeper in the coming years. These lessons are enjoyed by the students. Every lesson has an activity that reinforces the material as they add to the enjoyment of learning.


Community is always a value of our classes. Students take part in assemblies (Mifgash) weekly. Here they enjoy learning about a variety of subjects as a school and participate in Havdalah.


Please feel free to reach out via email with any questions you might have.

B’Shalom,

HaMorah Etta Bernstein

ebernstein@talmudtorahmpls.org



BET 2

Sun/Wed Distance Learning


Kitah Bet 2 (2nd grade) 2021-2022 Curriculum Overview


Dear Kitah Bet 2 (2nd grade) Parents,


Kitah Bet 2 students will be learning a large amount of new material. While learning to read Hebrew is our main focus, they will be sampling a wide variety of Judaic topics. Kitah Bet 2 students are learning virtually with HaMorah Bunah.


Learning Hebrew consists of working in their textbooks, doing reinforcement activities in class, and learning the conversational Hebrew material that is stressed in the textbook. Students also begin learning blessings and prayers, concentrating on selected morning blessings and the blessings for Kabbalat Shabbat.


Our Hebrew textbook is Z’man Likro. The process of learning to read is usually slow at the beginning, as students adjust to the new symbols, with the vowels under the letters, etc. A solid start is very important, since if the students get behind at the start of the year, it is hard for them to catch up.


Since the students are attending classes virtually two sessions a week, they will be learning fairly quickly. Also, students enjoy doing the workbook pages in the textbook. The reinforcement of these pages facilitates the mastery of the material: learning letters, vowels and special rules for how to combine them to form words. It is important that the students spend a few minutes working on Hebrew reading homework each week. An extra session at home between classes gives students’ memories a boost and makes the process much easier for the students.


Parents often ask what they can do to support their students. Even if you do not read Hebrew, ask your student to read to you. Students generally want to show you what they have learned. You can check RenWeb/FACTS online to find out what we are doing in class, including homework. Please remind your students to have supplies and their textbook at the start of each lesson.


In the Judaic units, students will study a wide variety of topics: Mitzvot, Jewish symbols, Jewish Life Cycle, Synagogue, Bible, and Israel. For most of these topics, the students will use the special magazines they received at the start of the year. Students will also study the Jewish holidays, including Shabbat, during this part of the school day. This is a time of planting seeds, to make it easier to delve deeper in the coming years. These lessons are enjoyed by the students. Every lesson has an activity that reinforces the material as they add to the enjoyment of learning.


Community is always a value of our classes. The students who study virtually also form a community as the year progresses.


Please feel free to reach out via email with any questions you might have.


B’Shalom,

HaMorah Etta Bernstein

ebernstein@talmudtorahmpls.org

HaMorah Bunah (Bonny Wexler)

rwexfam@aol.com



BET/GIMEL 3

Tues/Thurs

Kitah Bet/Gimel 3 (3rd grade) 2021-2022 Curriculum Overview


Dear Kitah Bet/Gimel 3 (2nd and 3rd grade grade combined) Parents,

Kitah Bet/Gimel students will be learning a large amount of new material.Our class is divided between Hebrew skills and ETGAR Yesodi units.


Learning Hebrew consists of working in their reading textbooks (Z’man Likro), learning and reviewing letters and vowels and improving their reading skills by doing reinforcement activities in class, learning the conversational Hebrew material that is stressed in the textbook. Since this is a fairly small class, students are working at their own individualized pace. They are also working in another textbook, The New Siddur Program #1, that teaches vocabulary, blessings, and a bit of grammar.


Since the students are attending classes two sessions a week, they will be learning quickly. Luckily, students enjoy doing the workbook pages in the textbooks. The reinforcement of these pages facilitates the mastery of the material: learning letters, vowels and special rules for how to combine them to form words. It is important that the students spend a few minutes working on Hebrew reading homework each week. An extra session at home between classes gives students’ memories a boost and makes the process much easier for the students.


Parents often ask what they can do to support their students. Even if you do not read Hebrew, ask your student to read to you. Students generally want to show you what they have learned. You can check RenWeb/FACTS online to find out what we are doing in class, including homework. Please remind your students to have supplies and their textbook with them for every class.


In the ETGAR units, students will study holidays, Rosh Chodesh, and Shabbat. This is an excellent program that allows the students to take a deep dive into the holidays, learning the material in new and interesting ways.


Community is always a value of our classes. Students take part in assemblies (Mifgash) weekly. Here they enjoy learning about a variety of subjects as a school and participate in Havdalah.


Please feel free to reach out via email with any questions you might have.

B’Shalom,

HaMorah Etta Bernstein

ebernstein@talmudtorahmpls.org


Thank you to all who joined us on the first day of school Bet picnic!




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