Unit One: Examining Mitzvot
Children learn about and experience ethical Mitzvot between people.
Unit Two: Reviewing Our Jewish Year
Students continue to deepen their understanding of the rhythm and flow of the year as they learn about the Jewish calendar and experience the Jewish holidays, the cycle of seasons and growing a year older.
Hebrew Language Studies
By the conclusion of second grade, students will be able to name each letter and vowel, as well as know their associated sounds. They will combine letters and vowels to make syllable sounds, and sound out syllables to pronounce words. Students continue to learn vocabulary words and their meanings, as well as how to write Hebrew.
Students review the blessings they have learned in prior years and are also introduced to specific blessings for the holidays of Sukkot, Tu BiShevat and Passover. Grade 2 students will participate in two designated Shabbat morning services during the course of the year.
Grade 2 will support INTRA – Israel National Therapeutic Riding Association. INTRA is a non-profit organization committed to teaching equine skills and horseback riding to people with a wide variety of disabilities. The center is located in an idyllic setting on the Mediterranean coastline in the village of Neurim, North of Tel Aviv.
#1: Doing Mitzvot: Tzedakah and Gemilut Chasadim
Parents are introduced to the overall themes of the Grade 2 mitzvah curriculum, learning the difference between tzedakah (doing righteous acts) and gemilut chasadim (acts of loving kindness) and how and why they are both important.
#2: Tu BiShevat Interactive
Families learn what students have been studied in class about Bal Tashchit and Tu BiShevat, while experiencing a Tu BiShevat seder with the Grade 2 community.
#3: Talmud Torah—getting ready for Hebrew
Parents learn about language acquisition and how they can partner with Temple Shir Tikva to help their child achieve success in learning to read Hebrew.
Grade 2 students are offered the option of participating in the Kef Lanu program. Kef Lanu, translated as “Our Fun,” provides an opportunity for all students to have fun, socialize with friends, and learn more about Judaism in an innovative, experiential manner. The program is offered three times per year, immediately following Sunday classes from 11-12:30.
The fall PJ Party is a social highlight for our Grade 2 students. They spend a Saturday evening at Shir Tikva in their pj’s, where they share Havdalah, enjoy dinner, play games, watch a movie, and socialize.