Elementary School

The Philip & Shirley Hurwitz Elementary School

The girls enter first grade with their foundational skills in place from their preschool experience. Within a very short time, they are reading lashon hakodesh as well as English. The focus in both languages is on accuracy and fluency. Together with kriah skills in the first grade, the girls learn safa, dikduk, and Hebrew writing. They receive their siddurim mid-year, and after pesach, begin to study chumash. The children’s chumash skills are strengthened from year to year. The goal is to provide them with the tools to figure out and learn a posuk of chumash on their own. Spoken Hebrew skills are taught in the context of their daily studies.

The scope and sequence of the yomim tovim curriculum provide the children with new and additional information about the yomim tovim each year of their elementary school experience. Yahadus units, focusing on specific mitzvos and themes e.g. chessed, shabbos, bikur cholim, etc. are incorporated into the daily lessons throughout the elementary school. Additionally, there is a yearly school-wide program that focuses on a particular midah, characteristic, or theme e.g. zerizus, hashgacha pratis, derech eretz, shmitta, etc.

In addition, in the general studies area, reading instruction is taught through regrouping into homogeneous groups within each grade. Math lessons are in the midst of shifting to differentiated instruction within the regular homeroom class. This is being accomplished in grades 4 and 5 through utilizing technology to compliment the regular lessons. Through this method, the girls have the ability to learn at their own level and at their own pace. Each class has social studies and science units that are designated for their level.

All the grades have weekly library and physical education sessions. The fifth grade also receives group music instruction, learning how to read notes and play the recorder. Computer instruction begins in the middle of 2nd grade and by the time the girls leave the 5th grade, their keyboarding skills have advanced to a proficient level. They master the basics of Microsoft Word, as well as Microsoft Publisher and Microsoft Power Point. Both in limudei kodesh and in general studies, there are visitors and resource people, as well as trips and special activities, which enhance the program.