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K-6 Religious School Programming

We are in the process of creating a new Temple Judea Religious School Website! Below is our programming for the 2020-2021 year! Please check in soon for the updated site!

Temple Judea Religious School

Program Description Grades K-6

 

For grades K-6th, Religious School is going to take an entirely new form. Not only what we teach, but how we teach, is going to be different. There will be opportunities for family discussion and learning - as well as a kit of materials for students in K-3rd, and an array of games, activities and challenges for students in grades 4th-6th. We hope parents will get excited about the learning - as there will be opportunities for engaging entire families (what we are calling the family schmooze) in the learning process. Your group will meet (online for 30 minutes or in person for an hour )– 25 times per year, on Sundays or on Tuesday, or if it becomes impossible to meet socially distanced in person because of the virus – groups will meet with their Judaica teacher at the same time as their “At Temple” class and those meetings will be done online (but will be 30 minutes in length).

We will present relevant and compelling content that supports elementary age learners and their families at this unprecedented moment in time! 

 

K-3rd Learning Options

  • All Judaic Studies classes are offered either Sunday mornings or Tuesday afternoons for 1-hour In-Person & 30-minute Online-Only sessions. Class modules will either be by student level or family (8-10 students required for family groups). Total of 25 Sessions. Class will be either Online-Only or In-Person-Only.

4th & 5th Grade Learning Options

  • Judaic Studies: Classes are offered either Sunday mornings or Tuesday afternoons for 1-hour In-Person & 30-minute Online-Only sessions. Class modules will either be by student level or family (8-10 students required for family groups). Total of 25 Sessions. Class will be either Online-Only or In-Person-Only.
  • Hebrew Studies: Classes are offered either Sunday mornings or Weekday afternoons for 30-minute sessions. Class modules will be by student level. Total of 25 Sessions. Class is Online-Only.
Your Judaic Studies and Hebrew Studies classes do not need to take place on the same day (these classes will not be held consecutively like previous years).

 

We have 3 different learning opportunities for Judaic Studies:

Judaic Studies by Grade

This option will be similar to previous learning formats where your child will learn in a class of students, all of the same grade. We will offer and honor friend requests as best as we can. We will have 8-10 students per class.

Judaic Studies by Family (Self-Formed Group)

This year we are offering an option to learn Judaic in a family group. This means that your K-6th grader(s) will learn with their family members and other Religious School families. These Judaic Family Groups must have 8-10 students in either K-6th to occur. In the Self-Formed Group, your family will choose the other families in your learning group. We will inquire on another form, what families you will have in your group. For Online-Only learning, parents are invited to participate in the Judaic Studies lessons.

Judaic Studies by Family (School-Formed Group)

This year we are offering an option to learn Judaic in a family group. This means that your K-6th grader(s) will learn with their family members and other Religious School families. These Judaic Family Groups must have 8-10 students in either K-6th to occur. In the School-Formed Group, the Religious School will choose the other families in your learning group. This option is a great opportunity to meet other families at Temple Judea and make new friends. For Online-Only learning, parents are invited to participate in the Judaic Studies lessons.

In-Person When Possible vs. Online Only Learning

Given the current guidelines from various government and health authorities, we understand that we will not be able to begin our learning face-to-face. Although we hope to transition to in-person learning, we also understand that some families may not feel comfortable coming back to in-person classes. Therefore we are providing two different learning models.
  1. Choosing the in-person when possible learning means that you want to send your student to learn with us in-person when safe and practical.
    Presence on campus will require a number of safety precautions including masks, physical distance, and temperature checks, but will benefit from the energy that comes from learning in physical proximity. Temple Judea understands the import of the decision to open and close, and will make those determinations in accordance with state and local regulations and Temple Judea policy.
    When we make the decision to suspend in-person learning, we will transition to online classes and reassess.
  2. Choosing online-only learning means that your classes will be held over Zoom (or a similar platform) for the entire year 2020-2021.
    ***Please note that some of your class choices might be affected, or that your student may be "Zoomed" into an in-person class.

 

BELOW IS MORE DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRAM

CONTENT:

The curriculum is built on Jewish values that stand on their own, but also complement five caregiving principles that help us recover from the challenges we face emanating from the pandemic. Each module aligns with one Jewish value and one caregiving principle.

o Sukkat Shalom (shelter of peace) - A sense of safety
o Ometz Lev (inner strength) - A sense of calm 
o G’vurah (courage) - Self- and communal-efficacy 
o K’hillah (community) - Social connectedness 
o Hesed (loving kindness) - Hope attained by reaching out to assist others 

The year’s learning is also framed by this text from Pirke Avot: 

  • If am not for myself, who will be for me? 
  • If I am only for myself, what am I?  
  • If not now, when? 

FORMAT:

o There will be five values-based learning modules each offering approximately five weeks of learning (note that the year will begin with an introductory week).  
o The model is both synchronous (will involve a weekly 30 minute online or hour-long class meeting) and asynchronous (hands-on, at-home activities & challenges). Additional in person gatherings will be scheduled as well (when it is safe to do so). 
Family involvement is encouraged with weekly conversation starters (“Family Schmooze”) between siblings of diverse ages and the adults in the home.
o The learning approach is inspired by the principles of problem-based learning and experiential education. 
o The curriculum engages numerous modalities and formats, including both tech-free and online options. 

ENGAGEMENT:

o Lower-elementary age children engage with activity boxes that bring the values to life through exploration and play. 

o Upper-elementary age children tackle weekly challenges with a heavy emphasis on problem-solving and creativity. 

In addition, there will be weekly online t’fillah/song sessions for all students K-6th.

Learning Options: 

Parents will be able to select either online or “in-person” options (assuming they are safe to do), and there will be two different ways groups will be put together:
  • A new type of grouping will be by “family” where your entire family will be put into a group and will be put together with 4 to 6 other families (families who choose to do so can create their own groups or we can create them for you). Each group will have approximately 8-10 students between K-6th grades.
  • For those who prefer, the “traditional” grade level grouping is still an option – where your child will be in class with approximately 8-10 other students from the same grade level.
All students in grades 4th-6th will also have 30 minutes of weekly online Hebrew (with a group no larger than 4 students) whether their Judaic group is meeting in person or online. There will be many opportunities during the week to select your Hebrew time – and we will attempt to accommodate your request for a Hebrew time (assuming space and time is available).