Elementary Halacha Curriculum

In elementary school, the halacha curriculum focuses on the laws pertaining to Yom Tov, Shabbos, brachos, and the basic halachos of the Jewish lifecycle. Each year also adds a unit on a specific halachic topic. To avoid repetition and to maximize the time available, the scope and sequence of the Halacha program is built in a spiral, with an emphasis on different topics each year. Certain units are integrated with other subjects, while other items are covered within the scope of the Chumash or Yahadus curriculum. The middos portion of the curriculum focuses on the halachos of Bain Adam L’Chaveiro.

 

In middle school, students will begin to learn halacha from the primary source text. An important focus is given to developing textual skills in the Shulchan Aruch and Mishna Berura.

First Grade

Students will learn the concepts, laws, and customs of each Yom Tov, with age appropriate songs, stories, art projects, and activities. There are separate units on brachos, mitzvos, and Shabbos.

Second Grade

Students will learn the concepts, laws, and customs of each Yom Tov with appropriate activities, stories, art projects, and worksheets. There are units on the Jewish calendar, counting using gematria, brachos, and kashrus. Halachos bain adam l’chaveiro are taught via the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation’s Konei Olam curriculum

Third Grade

Students will learn the concepts, laws, and customs of each Yom Tov with appropriate activities, stories, art projects, and worksheets. They will also begin to learn the Halachos of Tefillah and will continue with the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation’s Konei Olam curriculum

Fourth Grade

Students will learn the concepts, laws, and customs of each Yom Tov. They will also learn basic halachos of Shabbos - Kavod Shabbos, Oneg Shabbos, Muktzah, and an introduction to the 39 Melachos.  They will continue with the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation’s Konei Olam curriculum.

Fifth Grade

Students will learn the concepts, laws, and customs of each Yom Tov. They will continue to learn the halachos of Tefillah, brachos, tzedakah, and Shabbos. They will begin the study of shemiras halashon via the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation’s Shomrei Lashon program.

Sixth Grade

Students will learn the concepts, laws, and customs of each Yom Tov. They will learn the halachos of chol hamoed, hashovas aveidah, and spend significant time on the laws of Pesach, including formulating their own divrei Torah. They will continue the study of shemiras halashon via the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation’s Shomrei Lashon program.