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									     BEECC
Judaic Curriculum
                            Year Long Goals

Our Vision

   1. The responsibility to convey Jewish education is a sacred trust, and an
      opportunity to share in the life-affirming, vibrant traditions of our people and our
      G-d. At BEECC, we feel this responsibility profoundly and we work lovingly to
      create the finest preschool experience possible.
   2. Students will develop a love Jewish knowledge and experiences, and a pride in
      being Jewish.
   3. Our students will begin to develop a deep appreciation for participation in the life
      of a Jewish community.

Our Students

The greatest success in Jewish education and experience is accomplished through a
strong partnership with each child’s family. With your help, we will begin to instill the
finest Jewish values and knowledge in our students.

They will:
    Begin to develop a strong Jewish identity
    Start their journey into Jewish knowledge and discovery.
    Enjoy the process of Jewish learning.

Our Educational Goals

Our students will begin to develop a deep appreciation for and commitment to full
participation in the life in a Jewish Community. There are six areas of emphasis within
our school:
    1. Prayer: The children will learn the Shema, blessings before eating, Shabbat
        blessings as well as blessing used for holidays.
    2. Torah: The children will learn about the Torah and will hear many Torah stories
        during the school year.
    3. Shabbat and Festivals: Both ritual and history will be taught in an age-
        appropriate and developmentally appropriate way.
    4. Mitzvot: We instill a love of learning and living Jewish commandments in a
        relevant way.
    5. Hebrew: Children in our four-year-old program receive Hebrew instruction.
    6. Israel: We teach the children about Israel and encourage a strong connection
        between Israel and ourselves.
Values:
Our teacher’s model the values that they wish children to learn. Research and experience
have shown that modeling values is at least as important as discussing and performing
valued behaviors and probably more so. The following values are considered essential
for all (Jewish) children.

Mitzvot:                      Doing things to value and respect our traditions, God,
                              ourselves and others.

Derech Eretz:                 Behaving in a sensitive and careful manner so that we do
                              not hurt others' feelings.

Bikur Cholim:                 Reaching out to the sick.

Hahnasat Orchim:              Extending hospitality.

Talmud Torah:                 Studying as a lifetime commitment.

Gemilut Chasadim:             Doing good deeds for others.

Tzedakah:                     Sharing with others as a regular ongoing responsibility.

Bal Tash'heet:                Caring for the environment.

Tzar Ba'alei Chaim:           Caring for animals




                         Chugim: Activities
The creative arts are an important part of all learning and BEECC includes them as a vital
part of the children’s Jewish education. We offer a music class each week which
integrates Jewish lessons and themes. We also provide specialists throughout the year to
enhance particular aspects of the curriculum, for example a shofar-making workshop in
the fall and matzah-making in the spring.
                          Shabbat at BEECC

Introduction:

Shabbat is celebrated each week at BEECC. Shabbat is a repeated ritual that everyone
looks forward to sharing -- lighting of the candles, grape juice, challah, tzedakah, and
singing songs. At BEECC we call our Shabbat observance “Ta’am Shel Shabbat – A
Taste of Shabbat.” This name comes from a lovely story in the Mishnah (Genesis Raba
11:4) in which a Roman emperor comes to appreciate “Ta’am Shel Shabbat” after
comparing his dinners at Rabbi Yehuda’s home on Shabbat and on a weekday. Ta’am
Shel Shabbat includes a weekly school-wide “Shabbat Sing” in the sanctuary and
“Shabbat child of the week” in every class.

Core Jewish Values:

Tzedakah                      Sharing with Others as a regular and ongoing activity
Hachnasat Orchim              Extending Hospitality
Gemilut Chasadim              Acts of Kindness

Themes:
 Holiness                                          The distinctiveness of the coming in
 Shabbat comes every week                           and going out of Shabbat
 A different kind of day                           A day for sharing with others
 Importance of God in our lives                     through Tzedakah and Hachnasat
 Appreciation of nature and all of                  Orchim (hospitality)
   God's creations                                  Blessing the children
 A time of rest and stopping of                    Importance of family and community
   weekday activities                                togetherness
 A time to stop, take stock, reevaluate            Reading the Torah every Shabbat.
   and smell the roses
 A day of joy

Learning Goals
   1. Shabbat comes every week
   2. Shabbat is the 7th day of the week
   3. Creation
   4. We light Shabbat candles and say a blessing
   5. We drink wine and eat Challah and say blessings
   6. We say, Shabbat Shalom
   7. We learn about the beginning and end of Shabbat (Havdallah)
   8. We celebrate Shabbat with songs and prayers
Symbols:
Shabbat candlesticks                        Challah cover
Shabbat candles                             Havdallah candle
Kiddush cup                                 Spice box
Challah                                     Synagogue
Wine/grape juice                            Tzedakah box
Prayer book

Classroom Environment for Shabbat
Shabbat storybooks and music                Nature walk
Science table with Shabbat and              Bake Challah
Havdallah types of candles / spices         Tzedakah box display and count

Sample of Multiple Intelligence Grid:

Shabbat Activities
                 Make a       Read Shabbat Explore         Challah    Make
Linguistic       Shabbat      stories      creation        recipes    symbol
                 diary                                                stencils
                 Weigh        Watch yeast   Volume         Experiment Make
Mathematical     different    rise          experiments    with       Candle
Logical          Kiddush                    with various   candles    sticks
                 cups                       Kiddush
                                            cups
                 Bake         Practice      Wash           Flannel      Make
Bodily-          Challah      braiding      pennies in     board        candles
kinesthetic                                 vinegar
                 Memory       Dye           Shabbat        Family       Make
Spatial Visual   games        carnations    bingo          photos       place mats
                 Learn new    Listen to CDs Play           Trope        Make an
Musical          songs                      instruments    (torah       instrument
                                                           chanting)    for
                                                                        Shabbat
                 Shabbat      Shabbat       Dry fruit      Make juice   Wish one
Interpersonal    prop box     charades      peels for      from         another a
                                            spices         grapes       Shabbat
                                                                        Shalom
                 Shabbat      Shabbat       Shabbat        Personal     Shabbat
Intrapersonal    bags for     journal       meditation     prayers      walk
                 home         writing
Sample Shabbat Units - "Creation" and "My Synagogue"

Major Focus Points for "Creation"
      The story of creation is the            God and the people of Israel are
       beginning of the world                   bound together
      Creation is the first story in the      Torah is an important guide for a
       Torah                                    good life
      God created Adam and Eve.               Learning is a continuous process
      Adam and Eve lived in the                that never ends
       Garden of Eden                          Joyfulness
      Creation teaches us to listen to        Hachnasat Orchim (hospitality)
       God                                     Tzedakah
      God gave us the Torah



Major Focus Points for" My Synagogue"

      The Synagogue is a house of
       worship
      We read from the a special
       prayer book called a Siddur in
       the Synagogue
      The Torah is kept in an Ark in
       the Synagogue
      The Rabbi is a spiritual leader at
       the Synagogue
      People come to a Synagogue for
       many reasons: preschool,
       religious school, prayer, Israeli
       dancing, socializing, etc
         Judaic Family Programs at BEECC

BEECC is not only for its children, it is for its families, too. We have many school-wide
and congregational events throughout the year focusing on families.

Annual Programs

      Monthly series entitled, “A Good Question! Exploring questions about Jewish
       traditions, holidays and values.” Lead by the BEECC director with input from the
       Rabbi.
      High Holiday workshops and services
      Monthly Tot and Family services
      Sukkot family dinner and services
      Simchat Torah service with dancing
      Tu B’ Shevat family seder
      Purim Carnival and plays
      Passover Model Seder and Exodus Experience




                              Torah for Tots

Torah Tots is designed around Shabbat and other major Jewish Holidays. Using age-
appropriate puppets and flannel board storied, Shabbat blessings and the symbols of these
holidays will be introduced, as well as: Hebrew words for the family, counting, days of
the week, songs and simple prayers. Torah for Tots is held monthly.
                     Holidays at BEECC

                             Rosh Hashanah
This is a very exciting time of year for Jews around the world. The month of Tishrei on
the Jewish calendar marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. It is a
time of joy and reflection and we will be learning about the customs and rituals of Rosh
Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

Themes
 Jewish New Year                                 Calendars
 Remembering                                     Birthday of the world
 Feasting                                        Giving thanks to God
 The importance of prayer                        New fruits
 New Beginnings                                  Shofars/musical instruments

Learning Goals
1. Rosh Hashanah marks the Jewish New Year
2. On Rosh Hashanah we eat apples and honey for a sweet year
3. We send New Year’s Cards to friends and family
4. The Shofar is blown
5. We ask our friends for forgiveness
6. We make resolutions
7. We go to the Synagogue on Rosh Hashanah

Symbols:
    Rosh Hashanah                                    New Fruits
    2 Candlesticks with Candles                      New Year's Greeting Cards
    Kiddush Cup                                      New Clothes
    Wine                                             Synagogue
    Round Challah                                    Machzor - High Holiday prayer
    Shofar                                            books
    Honey                                            The use of the color white in
    Apples                                            clothing and home accessories
    Pomegranate


Environment:

   Rosh Hashanah songs and music,                Rosh Hashanah books and puzzles
    blessings with Shehechiyanu
   New fruit to taste (Shehechiyanu
    blessing)
   Examine a variety of apples
   Add symbols to housekeeping tables
   Science table: display of unusual
    fruits, different kinds of honey, seeds
    from pomegranate to estimate and
    count
   Toy telephones for calling friends
    and family with Rosh Hashanah
    greetings
   Art Center: materials to make
    greeting cards
   Tour of the sanctuary
   Sounding the shofar
   Tzedakah
Sample Activities

                  Practice       Read RH          Write RH       Learn RH       Write a
Linguistic        saying         stories          poems          prayers        holiday
                  L’Shana                                                       story
                  Tova
Mathematical      Growing        Sprouting        Graph          Milestones     Examine
Logical           Herbs          Seeds            height         chart          apples
Bodily-           Movement -     Cooking:         Tour the       Taste new      RH
kinesthetic       Growing        Applesauce       sanctuary      fruit          charades
                                 Honey Cake
                                 Round
                                 Challah

Spatial Visual    Craft:         Placemat         Explore        Make a         Make
                  Honey dish                      Shofars        Shofar         greeting
                  holder                                                        cards
Musical           Apples and     L’Shana       Happy             Circle         Make new
                  honey on       Tova - Shofar Birthday          game           friends and
                  Rosh                                                          keep the
                  Hashanah                                                      old
Interpersonal     Birthday       Toy              Collect food   Play circle    Deliver
                  Party for      telephones       to             games          Shana
                  the world      for calling      donate/visit                  Tova
                                 families and     homeless                      greeting
                                 friends          shelter                       cards
Intrapersonal     Celebration    My Photo album   Rosh           New            New
                  Book                            Hashanah       Year’s         Year’s
                                                  books and      resolutions    meditation
                                                  puzzles

Suggested supplementary activities:

My Family: Children will explore their family’s traditions for celebrating the high
holidays. Focus on both immediate and extended family.


   Children can illustrate and “write” books about their family celebrations
   Photo Album
   Dramatic Play; Setting table, Dress Up
   Artwork depicting families

Feelings: Sad, happy, angry, excited, surprised, etc… can be related to the High
Holidays. Children’s feelings will be explored and talked about.
New Beginnings: It is the beginning of the school year, the beginning of the Jewish
Year…Let's learn about beginnings.

   Sprout sprouts
   Kitchen herb garden
   Movement activity- growing flowers, creation
   Rules chart


Celebration: We celebrate Rosh Hashanah and learn about celebrations

   Eat Apples and honey
   Make honey holders
   Apple prints
   Make Holiday cards
   Make round Challah
   Practice “Shana Tova”

The Shofar
 Rabbis visit and time to explore the instrument.
 Brainstorm other ways to make big noises.
 Have a musical parade.
 Listen to the Shofar

Happy Birthday Party to the World
 Children can create decorations and hang them in the room.
 Children can help make a honey birthday cake.
 Children can help make apple sauce- cutting, mixing, measuring ingredients
 Children can help prepare a tray of new fruits and sample them. The class can graph
  fruit preferences.
                              Yom Kippur
Core Jewish Values:
Tzedakah                    Sharing with Others as a regular and ongoing activity
Hachnasat Orchim            Extending Hospitality
Gemilut Chasadim            Acts of Kindness
Derech Eretz                Behaving in a sensitive and careful manner so that we do
                            not hurt other’s feelings

Themes:
    A time for reflection and serious              Grown-ups fast
     personal thinking                              Importance of prayer
    A time for forgiveness                         Tzedakah
    Understanding that we make                     A time to remember our
     mistakes and that we can                        ancestors and loved ones who are
     improve                                         no longer with us.
    Synagogue participation

Learning Goals
1. Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement
2. Grown-ups fast on Yom Kippur
3. We go to the Synagogue on Yom Kippur
4. We pray that we may be written in the book of life
5. On Yom Kippur we remember people who have died

Symbols:
White                                         Kittel (white linen robe worn by the
Yahrtzeit candle                              Rabbi and Cantor)
Story of Jonah                                Synagogue
Machzor - High Holiday prayer book            Wearing no animal products
                                              (leather)

Environment:
    White                                          Begin building a Sukkah at the
    White Torah cover                               end of Yom Kippur
    Different items in housekeeping
      area
    Water table with a whale
    Tzedakah
Sample Activities
                 Expressing     Poetry          Read the       Say           Talk about
Linguistic       concern                        story of       prayers       Feelings
                                                Jonah
Mathematical     Count          Sort cans for   Weigh          Collect
Logical          Tzedakah       food drive      Shofars        white
                                                               items in
                                                               classroom
Bodily-          Dress in       Facial          Movement       Yom           Shake
kinesthetic      white          expressions     to High        Kippur        hands with
                                                Holiday        Charades      classmates
                                                music                        and say
                                                                             Good
                                                                             Yontif
Spatial Visual   Look at        View Torahs     Look at        Tour the      Draw a
                 pictures of    in Ark          other          Synagogue     picture of
                 families                       cultures                     your good
                                                celebrations                 and deeds
                                                                             and
                                                                             mistakes
Musical          Sing Holiday   Listen to       Hear the       Hear and      Look and
                 Songs          Holiday         Cantor         play the      listen to a
                                music           chanting       Shofar        variety of
                                                prayers                      “calling”
                                                                             instrument
                                                                             s
Interpersonal    The book of    Dramatic      Practice         Saying        Collect
                 life           play of Jonah expressing       sorry for     and
                 discussion                   concern for      misdeeds      deliver
                 with Rabbi                   others           to family     items to
                                                               and friends   people in
                                                                             need
Intrapersonal    Remember       Draw            Holiday        Write story   Journal
                 people who     pictures of     meditation
                 have died.     feelings
                                                     Sukkot
This month we rejoice in the abundance of the earth and the lessons of the Torah.
We have an annual family dinner in the Sukkah and Sukkot family services.

Core Jewish Values:
Tzedakah                                      Sharing with others as a regular and ongoing activity
Hachnasat Orchim                              Extending Hospitality
Gemilut Chasadim                              Acts of Kindness

Themes:
    Harvest                                                           Tzedakah
    Nature                                                            Autumn
    Wandering in the desert                                           Enjoyment and appreciation of our homes, family,
                                                                        the environment
    Building and living in a Sukkah                                   Extending Hachnasat Orchim
    Being thankful for God's                                           (hospitality)
     creations

Learning Goals:
1. Sukkot is a fun/festive holiday
2. We experience the Etrog and Lulav
3. We spend time in the Sukkah
4. We decorate the Sukkah
5. We explore the Lulav and the Etrog
6. We learn the blessings in the Sukkah
7. Sukkot is a fun, Jewish holiday
8. The Sukkah needs to be decorated
9. During Sukkot Jewish people spend time in a Sukkah
10. We need to invite people to our Sukkah
11. Sukkot is a time to thank God for all the good things we have in our life.
12. Sukkot and Thanksgiving are both holidays about being grateful.
13. We look at the growth cycle of plants

Symbols:
Sukkah decoration                                               Etrog
Schach (branches for the top of the Sukkah)                     New Fruits
Lulav                                                           Sukkah

Environment:
    Paint fall colors                                                 New fruits in the "housekeeping"
    Classroom becomes a Sukkah                                         corner
    Build a small Sukkah in the                                       Sukkot books, music, puzzles
      classroom                                                        Sukkot museum with Sukkot
                                                                        symbols
   Eat and rest in the Sukkah
   Practice Hachnasat Orchim by
    inviting guests, or another class,
    to classroom Sukkah for a snack
   Visit synagogue's Sukkah
   Plant vegetables
   Tzedakah: Collect and donate
    harvest foods (canned, dried, or
    fresh fruits)
   Sukkot books
   Natural objects safe to touch and
    mouth (splinter free wood, big
    shells etc)
   Harvest Foods- pumpkins,
    gourds, corn, nuts
   Etrog
   Lulav
   Branches
   Fruit skin
Activities
                 Read books   Read stories      Talk about    Read
Linguistic       about        about those       the Sukkah    Nature
                 Sukkot       biblical guests                 Poems
Mathematical     Looking at   Playing with      Looking at    Categorize   Build a
Logical          plant        water/Exploring   where food    fruits and   Sukkah
                 growth       water/steam/ice   comes         vegetables
                 cycle-                         from-
                 planting                       wheat into
                 seeds                          bread or
                                                milk into
                                                ice cream

Bodily-          Help to      Have time with    Class hike    Shaking a    Touching
kinesthetic      decorate     the Lulav and                   Lulav        the Lulav
                 the Sukkah   Etrog
Spatial Visual   Looking at   Smelling the      Playing       Self
                 growing      Etrog             with water    Portraits
                 things
                 (Biblical
                 garden)
Musical          Practice     Sing Sukkot       Listen to     Life with    Listen to
                 Sukkot       songs             birds and     no sound     the sounds
                 prayers                        nature                     of building
                                                                           a Sukkah
Interpersonal    Family       Visits to the     Make a        Dramatic     Make up a
                 luncheon     Sukkah            fruit salad   play of      Lulav
                 under the                                    Harvesting   dance
                 Sukkah
                             Simchat Torah
Simchat Torah celebrates the completion of reading the final book in the Torah and
beginning again. Simchat Torah celebrates the Torah and the never ending cycle of our
Jewish lives.

Core Jewish Values:
Tzedakah                     Sharing with others as a regular and ongoing activity
Hachnasat Orchim             Extending Hospitality
Gemilut Chasadim             Acts of Kindness

Learning Goals:
1. Exploring the Torah
2. Dancing with (or without) a Torah
3. Exploring Flags
4. Sofer /special job
5. Hebrew language

Symbols:
Torah                                          Torah ornaments: Rimmonim (Mantles),
Synagogue                                      (Breastplate cover), Yad (pointer)
Flags with Jewish symbols                      Crown
Hebrew language                                Hebrew letters from Torah

Environment:
    Toy Torahs
    Flags
    Marching Music
    Hebrew Books
    Dance Music (Klezmer, Israeli
      Folk)
    Read the end and beginning of
      the Torah
    Hakkafot (parading with the
      Torah)
    Holiday books, music, puzzles
    Parchment Paper
    Hebrew Letters
    Flags
    Klezmer music and Israeli folk
      music
Activities
                 Reading        Writing on     Tracing or            Looking at
Linguistic       Simchat        parchment      Stenciling            the parts of
                 Torah                         Hebrew                a story
                 Board                         letters
                 Books
Mathematical     Compare        Unroll a       Measure               Count the
Logical          and gather     Torah to see   items on the          Books of
                 different      it's length    Bima                  the Torah
                 types of
                 paper,
                 parchment
Bodily-          Playing        Kissing the    Marching              Dancing to
kinesthetic      with flags     Torah          with flags            Klezmer
                 and toy                       and dancing           and Israeli
                 Torahs                        with Torahs           folk music
Spatial Visual   Helping        Time with      Looking at            Participate
                 make a         the Rabbi      Hebrew                in the
                 class flag     helping to     letters               parade
                                dress and
                                undress the
                                Torah
Musical          Listening to   Singing        Sing Songs            Play
                 Klezmer        prayers        for the               instruments
                 and Israeli                   holiday               in the
                 folk music                                          parade
Interpersonal    Visit          Listening to   Talking about rules   Group
                                               in the Torah
                 sanctuary      simple Torah                         Artwork
                 and go up      stories                              depicting a
                 on the Bima                                         Torah story
                 to look at
                 the Ark
Intrapersonal    Collect        Making Flags Look at                 Practice
                 books or       or a Torah   picture book            dressing
                 pads of                     of flags                and
                 paper to                                            undressing
                 donate                                              the Torah

Sample Unit – Noah’s Ark – Read several variations of story

Major Focus Points for teaching Noah’s Ark:

      Noah lived a long time ago
      Noah trusted in God
      Noah built an ark
    The animals came on the ark two-by-two.
    God made a great flood
    It rained for 40 days and nights
    A rainbow is a sign of peace between god and man.
A dove brought back an olive branch that proved there was dry land.
                                   Chanukah
Chanukah is celebrated for 8 days reminding us of the miracle of a little bit of oil burning
for 8 days. Chanukah tells the story of Jewish heroism in the face of enormous challenge.

Core Jewish Values:
Tzedakah                      Sharing with others as a regular and ongoing activity
Hachnasat Orchim              Extending Hospitality
Gemilut Chasadim              Acts of Kindness

Themes:
 Chanukah is the festival of lights                 Standing up for one's beliefs
 Chanukah is celebrated for eight                   Importance of the Temple, a place
   days                                               for prayer
 We play the game Dreidle during                    Joyfulness
   Chanukah                                          Rejoice with gift giving, singing, and
 Introduce the symbols of Chanukah                   playing games
 Introduce the blessings for lighting               Hachnasat Orchim
   the Chanukiah                                     Tzedakah
 Introduce the historical story and
   significance of Chanukah
 Freedom of worship

Learning Goals:
   1. Taste Chanukah treats
   2. Chanukah is a celebration
   3. Tell the story of Chanukah
   4. Explore light
   5. We cook Chanukah treats
   6. Explore oil
   7. Play with Chanukah Judaica
   8. Learn the story of Chanukah
   9. Put on a Chanukah dramatic play
   10. Learn Chanukah songs
   11. Learn Chanukah blessings
   12. Explore with blocks the building and destruction of the Temple
   13. Explore candles
   14. There are eight days of Chanukah
   15. We use the Shamash to light the candles
   16. Learn and play dreidle
   17. Learn about the Maccabees
   18. Talk about miracles
   19. Begin to recognize some Hebrew letters
   20. Chanukah is a celebration
Symbols:
Oil                                             Lights
Candles                                         Chanukiah (8 branch plus Shamash)
Menorah (7 branch)                              Dreidle (Sivivon)
Latkes (levivot)                                Sufganiot (Jelly donuts)

Environment:
    Museum area: Chanukiot,                             Blocks for rebuilding and
      candles, Dreidles                                   cleaning the Temple
    Add Chanukiah, candles, and                         Science: Oil and water
      Dreidles to housekeeping corner                     experiments, different kinds of
    Light the Chanukah candles each                      lights, wax
      day during the holiday                             Tzedakah: Donate batteries,
    Invite guests to share in the                        flashlights, and candles
      lighting of candles and enjoying
      Chanukah goodies

Activities
                 Read stories        Tell the            Write and act
Linguistic       about the night     Chanukah            out
                 sky                 story               Chanukah
                                                         stories
Mathematical     Compare/contrast    Oil Science         Watch           Measure
Logical          different candles   experiments         candles burn    and mix the
                 and graph data      and in the                          ingredients
                                     sensory table                       for latkes
Bodily-          Play with           Play with           Bake            Light
kinesthetic      Chanukiot           Dreidles            Chanukah        scavenger
                                                         cookies         hunt
Spatial Visual   Watch a new         Play with           Glow in the     Colored oil
                 candle burn each    flashlights.        dark stickers   on foil
                 day                 Make and
                                     trace shadows
Musical          Party!              Sing          Make up new           Dreidle
                 (movement,          Chanukah      verses to “I          dances
                 music,              songs         have a little
                 noisemakers)                      Dreidle”
Interpersonal    Discussion of       Compare/contr Talk about            Class jobs
                 why we use the      ast Chanukiot other Torah           (with job
                 Shamash             and Menorahs miracles               board)
Intrapersonal    Taste latkes,       Personalize   Play with             Paint with
                 donuts,             Dreidles with edible dough          oil and
                 applesauce, and     first Hebrew                        water
                 sour cream          letter of
                                     child’s name
Other possible activities:
 Oil in the water table
 Chanukah books, felt boards, finger plays
 Light candles and say blessings
 Play with flashlights
 Exploring candles
 Playing with beeswax
 Make applesauce in the room
 Make candles
 Count candles
 Sort candles
 Blow out candles
   Movement- candles flickering and melting
   Tour synagogue lights
   Play with flashlights
   Books about light, sun, and moon
   Books about winter
   Shadow puppets
   Cooking with oil
   Make oil lamps
   Sequence burnt candles
   Play Follow the Leader
   Make latkes and sufganiot for school
   Play Dreidle
   Talk about freedom
   Miracle discussion
   Hebrew letter Bingo
   Hebrew “name of the day”
   Hebrew “letter of the day”
                                Tu' B Shevat
Tu B' Shevat is the birthday of trees. We have many activities to identify, explore, and
experience everything related to trees, fruits, nuts, and caring for the earth.

Core Jewish Values:
Tzedakah                      Sharing with Others as a regular and ongoing activity
Hachnasat Orchim              Extending Hospitality
Gemilut Chasadim              Acts of Kindness

Introduce Bal Tash’heet - caring for the environment

Themes:
    Trees                                              Israel
    Plants                                             Seder (order)
    Fruit                                              Festive meals
    Seeds

Learning Goals:
   1. See and explore trees and planting
   2. Sing about trees and planting
   3. Experience and explore fruits, seeds and nuts
   4. Listen to stories about trees
   5. See the flag of Israel and listen to Hatikvah (Israel's national anthem)
   6. Celebrate trees birthdays
   7. Take care of the earth
   8. Thank God for fruit by saying blessings
   9. Sing about Israel
   10. Trees help people and people help trees
   11. Tikkun Olam (Healing the earth)
   12. Seasons
   13. Israel is the Jewish homeland
   14. Planting trees is a mitzvah
   15. We are God's partners in taking care of the Earth




Symbols:
Trees: Leaves, branches                          Water
Map of Israel                                    Recycling Bin
Globe
Trash Can
Seeds
Environment:
    Seeds
    Plants
    Fruits
    Nuts
                                       Purim
Did you know that it is a mitzvah to laugh? On Purim, more than any other Jewish
holiday, we are encouraged to rejoice and have fun. Kids (and kids at heart), rule at
Purim! Carnivals, costumes, parades and parties are all part of the holiday and will be
incorporated into our school. Megilat Esther is also a wonderful device for talking with
family and friends about topics such as faith, courage and the value of the Jewish people.

Core Jewish Values:
Tzedakah                      Sharing with Others as a regular and ongoing activity
Hachnasat Orchim              Extending Hospitality
Gemilut Chasadim              Acts of Kindness
Bikur Cholim                  Reaching out to the sick
Matanot La'Evyonim            Gifts to those in need

Themes:
   Purim is a joyous holiday                           It is customary to make baskets
   On Purim we go to the Temple                         of fruit and cookies called
     and read the Megillah                               Mishloach Manot to give to
   Children dress up for Purim                          friends and family for Purim
   Queen Esther and Mordechai                          Loyalty
     saved the Jews from the king                       Courage
   Haman is the “bad guy” in the                       Royalty
     story of Purim                                     Heroes and heroines (Giborim)
   We make noise when we hear the                      The power of God
     word Haman                                         Sharing food and joy with friends
   We eat triangle-shaped cookies                       (Hachnasat Orchim)
     called hamantashen                                 Tzedakah
                                                        Survival

Learning Goals:
   1. Purim is a fun holiday
   2. We listen to the story of Esther
   3. We shake a grogger
   4. We eat hamantashen
   5. We learn the Purim story
   6. We sing Purim songs
   7. We learn the blessings for Purim
   8. Appreciate the bravery of Mordechai and Esther
   9. Start looking at heroes
   10. Share joy of the holiday with others
   11. Purim is celebrated in Israel
Symbols:
Mishloach Manot (gifts to friends and   Fasting
the poor)                               Hamantashen
Rashanim (groggers/noisemakers)         Feasts
Book of Esther                          Megillah
Masachyot (Masks)                       Palace
Purple and gold - royal colors          Costumes


Environment:
    Project with lots of color,              Playing games
      sequins, and glitter                    Exchange Mishloach Manot with
    Various costumes/castle in                another class
      housekeeping corner                     Tzedakah: Food drives in
    Purim songs, books, puzzles               classroom or create decorations
    Museum: variety of groggers,              to send to local Jewish seniors in
      megilot, masks                           nursing homes.
    Festive room decorations
Activities:
                 Read Purim   Tell the story     Work on         Purim
Linguistic       picture      with felt          individual      Poetry
                 books        board or           “Megilot”
                              puppets
Mathematical     Start to     Grow               Make and        Experiment
Logical          explore      flowers in the     taste           with
                 building and classroom          hamantashen     making
                 architecture                    with            different
                 (castles)                       different       kinds of
                 through                         fillings (we  noisemakers
                 books,                          may graph
                 pictures,                       our findings)
                 and
                 manipulatio
                 n
Bodily-          Sample       Play with          Dress up in     Make
kinesthetic      hamantashen hamantashen         costumes        different
                              dough                              facial
                                                                 expressions
Spatial Visual   Look at the    Color/finger-    Look at         Have a
                 Megillah       paint cards      costumes        Purim
                                for baskets                      Parade
Musical          Make and       Listen and       Listen to the   Draw/paint
                 Shake          sing Purim       chanting of     to music
                 noisemakers    songs            Megillah
                                                 Esther
Interpersonal    Dress up (in   Participate in   Act out the     Make a
                 front of a     the Purim        story of        Sandcastle
                 mirror)        parade           Purim
Intrapersonal    We learn to    Journal about    Explore         Make and
                 recognize      the “masks”      feelings        deliver
                 the            you wear in      through         Mishloach
                 characters’    your life        role-play       Manot
                 feelings in                     and             baskets
                 the Purim                       expressive
                 story                           arts
                          Pesach - Passover
On Pesach, we celebrate the exodus of the Israelite people from slavery in Egypt to the
freedom to serve God and be Jewish. Pesach is all about preparation and transformation.
We can relate to these concepts at a place where we are always changing and learning for
the future. Our Passover studies culminate a model seder and Exodus experience.

Core Jewish Values:
Tzedakah                     Sharing with Others as a regular and ongoing activity
Hachnasat Orchim             Extending Hospitality
Gemilut Chasadim             Acts of Kindness

Themes:
    During Passover we eat Matzah                    Miracles: the importance of
    We do not eat leavened bread                      God's presence in saving the
     during Passover                                   Jews
    Passover is celebrated for eight                 Freedom/slavery
     days                                             Kindness/oppression
    We eat a Passover Seder                          Luxury/poverty
    During the Passover Seder we                     Telling the Pesach story
     read from the Haggadah                           Springtime
    Passover is the story of the Jews                Cleaning
     being freed from slavery                         Starting anew
    The Jews wondered in the desert                  Inviting a stranger to the Seder
     for 40 years before reaching                      (Hachnasat Orchim)
     Israel                                           Maot Chittim: Money for wheat
    We set a cup for Elijah on our                    (matzah) collect and give to the
     Passover table                                    poor
    We look for the Afikomen during                  Tzedakah
     the Seder                                        Nutrition

Learning Goals:
   1. Pesach is a holiday to be with family.
   2. We start to learn the characters in the Passover story
   3. We experience the symbols of Passover
   4. We learn about the Seder
   5. We are introduced to the Haggadah
   6. We learn songs about Passover
   7. We start to distinguish Passover foods from regular foods
   8. Pesach is the beginning of Spring
   9. We learn the Hebrew words and their meanings associated with Passover
   10. We learn about slavery
   11. We start to explore the concepts of justice and freedom
   12. We learn about God’s power
   13. We learn the rituals and the meanings of the rituals in the Seder
   14. We learn about Elijah and what it means to be a prophet
   15. We explore issues of injustice in our world around

Symbols:
Haggadah                                         4 sons
Seder plate                                      Matzah
Elijah's cup                                     Matzah cover
10 plagues                                       Seder plate items
Seder                                            Miriam's cup
4 cups of wine                                   Afikomen cover
4 questions                                      Wine

Environment:
    B'dikat Chametz: looking for                      Holiday songs, books puzzles
      chametz with candle and feather                  Science: Experimenting with
    Model seder                                        yeast
    Prepare and eat Pesach foods                      Tzedakah: Collecting unopened
    Clean for Pesach with water and                    boxed of chametz
      sponge
    Change dishes in housekeeping
      area/museum table
Activities:
                 Ask our       Learn the       Read the      Passover
Linguistic       own           Four            Passover      poems
                 questions     Questions       stories
                 about
                 Passover
Mathematical     Classifying   We measure      Create our    Count
Logical          classroom     and mix our     own           objects into
                 materials     own Charoset    Passover      groups of 4
                               and Matzah      recipes
Bodily-          Feeling all   Taking          Play with     We listen
kinesthetic      the symbols   Spring walks    Matzah and    to the story
                                               Charoset      of Moses
                                                             and act it
                                                             out with
                                                             Puppets
                                                             and our
                                                             bodies
Spatial Visual   Play with     Sew our own     Paint with    Make brick
                 felt board    special         leaves,       out of mud
                 Seder plate   Passover        flowers,
                               pillow (for     Matzah and
                               reclining at    Passover
                               the Seder)      shapes
Musical          Play          Listen to the   Dance to      Sing Mah
                 Passover      chanting of     Passover      Nishtana
                 music         the Seder       music

Interpersonal    Passover      Clean our       Do Seder      Do a
                 puppetry      classroom to    dramatic      Chametz
                               prepare for     play          hunt
                               Passover
Intrapersonal    Taste         Look at         Draw about    Visual
                 Matzah and    Picture books   the holiday   meditation
                 Charoset      of Spring                     on Spring
                           Yom Ha Atzmaut

Yom Ha Atzmaut is Israel’s Independence Day. The history of Israel and its people is a
vital piece of Jewish learning. Throughout the year we talk about our Jewish Homeland
and especially now we go into greater depth of this Holy Land - its people, places and
history. At BEECC our study of Yom Ha Atzmaut culminates in an imaginary “trip to
Israel” where we transform the social hall in the land of Israel.

Core Jewish Values:
Tzedakah                     Sharing with Others as a regular and ongoing activity
Hachnasat Orchim             Extending Hospitality
Gemilut Chasadim             Acts of Kindness
Bikor Cholim                 Reaching out to the sick
Matanot La'Evyonim           Gifts to those in need

Themes:
      Israel is the homeland for                         There are many places to
        Jews                                               visit in Israel
      In Israel, many people speak                       Celebrating the independence
        Hebrew instead of English                          of the Jewish people
      Israel has both desert                             Establishment of the modern
        landscape and ocean                                state of Israel
        coastlines                                        People live in cities, towns,
      The weather in Israel is                            farms, and kibbutzim
        different depending on where                      Israel as the homeland for all
        you live                                           Jewish people
      Many buildings in Israel are                       Many different people and
        made of stone                                      religions live in Israel
      A Kibbutz is a community
        living environment in Israel

Learning Goals:

Symbols:
Israeli flag
Kotel (Western Wall)
Fruits and vegetables grown in Israel
Middle Eastern foods (falafel, humus, pita)
Menorah (Seven branch)
Hebrew language/letters
Environment:
    Pictures of Israel and Israelis
    Invite guests to describe trips to
      Israel or growing up in Israel
    Tasting party with foods from
      Israel
    Display of Israeli objects and
      artifacts (clothing, games,
      Judaica, beach shells, sand)
    Israeli music
    Israeli pen pal relationships
    Tzedakah: Collect canned
     olives, pickles, and dried
     fruit.
      Jewish Israelis and American
       Jews have similarities and
       differences.
Sample Activities:
                 Sing songs     Read stories    Write poems     Hear
Linguistic       about Israel   in Hebrew       about Israel    stories
                                                                about Israel
Mathematical     Look at        Make a          Compare         Learn
Logical          maps of        Kibbutz         maps of         about
                 Israel         Diorama         America and     Israel’s
                                                Israel          agriculture
Bodily-          Pretend to     Go on a Hike    Cook and        Wear Blue
kinesthetic      live on a                      Taste Israeli   and White
                 Kibbutz                        foods           and have
                                                                Maccabbea
                                                                Games
Spatial Visual   Watch a        Look at         See pictures    Look at
                 slide show     Israeli coins   and             Flags from
                 of Israeli                     postcards       around the
                 flowers                        from Israel     world
                 Israeli        Invite a        Listen to       Sing
Musical          Dancing        Klezmer         Israeli         Hatikvah
                                Band to         Music
                                perform
                 Plan a         Israeli         Invite          Turn your
Interpersonal    group trip     Dancing         Israelis to     class into a
                 to Israel                      visit your      Kibbutz
                                                class
                 Israeli        Read news of    Paint the       Write a
Intrapersonal    meditation     Israel and      landscape of    poem or
                                journal your    Israel          story about
                                reactions                       life as an
                                                                Israeli
                                                                soldier
                               Lag B' Omer
Lag B’Omer comes late in the year but it is an important holiday to share with our
students. It signifies the importance of learning and teaching. BEECC culminates the Lag
B’Omer experience with a school-wide picnic.

Core Jewish Values
Tzedakah                     Sharing with Others as a regular and ongoing activity
Hachnasat Orchim             Extending Hospitality
Gemilut Chasadim             Acts of Kindness
Talmud Torah                 Lifelong study

Themes
    Scholars Day                                     Fooling the Romans by hiding in
    Value of study and learning                       the woods and studying Torah
    Great importance of Torah study                  Importance of freedom
    Tzedakah


Symbols:
Torah
Campfires
Bow and arrow
Cave
Sample Multiple Intelligence activities:
                Write a
Linguistic      story about
                the
                outdoors
Mathematical Archery
Logical
Bodily-         Outdoor
kinesthetic     games like
                archery and
                hiking
Spatial Visual Examining
                the Torah:
                no pictures,
                scroll,
                cover,
                Hebrew no
                vowels
Musical         Say the
                Shema as
                quietly as
                you can
Interpersonal Picnic
                                     Shavuot
Shavuot is the 3rd of the three pilgrimage holidays: Sukkot and Passover are the first two.
Shavuot’s focus is of the accepting of the 10 Commandments and the importance of
Jewish law and Torah in our lives.

Core Jewish Values:
Tzedakah                      Sharing with others as a regular and ongoing activity
Hachnasat Orchim              Extending Hospitality
Gemilut Chasadim              Acts of Kindness

Themes:
    The story of the Jewish people                     First fruits
     receiving the Ten                                  Harvest
     Commandments                                       Enjoyment and appreciation of
    Torah's importance to the Jewish                    God's bounty
     people                                             Land of milk and honey
    Appreciation for rules                             Tzedakah
    Understanding right and wrong                      Loyalty to family and community

Symbols:
Torah
Fruits
Synagogue
Vegetables
Flowers and branches
Dairy food

Environment:
    Dairy food containers
    “Museum table” Torah and
      Torah ornaments
    Books on Shavuot, the Torah and
      synagogue
    Classroom rules
    Visit grocery store or market
    Use blocks to build Mount Sinai
    Tzedakah: Collect grain products
Sample Activities:
                 Read the 10
Linguistic       commandm
                 ents
Mathematical Learn about
Logical          Jewish
                 numerology
                 (what
                 letters equal
                 what
                 number)
Bodily-          10
kinesthetic      Command-
                 ments
                 Charades
Spatial Visual Look at
                 artwork
                 depicting
                 the 10
                 Command-
                 ments
Musical          Listen to
                 Debbie
                 Friedman’s
                 “613
                 Command
                 ments”
Interpersonal Write your
                 class’s 10
                 command-
                 ments
Intrapersonal Write your
                 own 10
                 Command-
                 ments

								
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