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The material that will be taught in the Hebrew Language unit called “Chayey Yom Yom” is divided into two main topics: “In the Classroom” and “In the Home”. In the “In the Classroom” unit the students meet and get to know their classmates and they get better acquainted with the students in the virtual class that simulates the real class through first and last name. They welcome two new students: Yehuda, who comes from Israel, and Nurit, who didn’t learn at a Jewish school. The unit’s content is based on encouraging the students to express the knowledge they acquired in iTaLAM 1, and develops independent learning with an appreciation for what was learned. There is an emphasis on memory expression and learning to recall as a life skill by activating the memory notebook.
The unit, “In the Home” deals with the cycle of the day at home, and expands the students’ vocabulary with respect to dressing, washing up, and proper nutrition while emphasizing the Jewish laws and customs associated with everyday Jewish life.
The iTaLAM 2 Chaggim track focuses on preparations for each holiday. By teaching the preparations for the holiday, the symbols associated with the holiday are reviewed and the main concepts and ideas of the holiday which were taught in 1st Grade. The students also learn the Torah source of the main mitzvot that are observed during the holiday, the historical background of the holiday and the connection between the holiday and the land of Israel.
The Shabbat track is based on the view that Shabbat is a central and unifying component of Israel’s heritage. The program is an exciting, fascinating and varied experience. The contents and songs appear in the style of the Sephardic and Ashkenazi communities and enable diversity and identification of all streams and communities.
The program begins with preparations for Shabbat and presents seder Shabbat with seven sections:
The students learn about the uniqueness of Shabbat, its values, holiness, memory, peace, family and more. The Shabbat routine corresponds to the seder hayom section on the Hebrew track and with the six days of creation and Shabbat in Bereshit from the Torah track. The program includes a digital track featuring a performance of the song Seder Yom Shabbat in a spectacular clip, presentations of Lecha Dodi and Havdala poetry, activities, games, songs and creativity.
iTaLAM Torah studies comprise a rich learning experience in which the main goals are as follows:
In the iTaLAM 2 curriculum, we recommend that students study the first half of Chumash Bereshit, Parashot Bereshit to Vayera. The main subjects are:
At the same time, the program is modular, and many schools teach the courses at a different pace, over the span of second and third grades.
The Torah track is coordinated with the other tracks of the iTaLAM 2 program: seder hayom, seder hashavua, the seasons of the year, and likewise enables learning through multiple intelligences and adapted instruction in the process of construction, thus enabling each student to learn, enjoy and love the Torah as a principle of life, and to find meaning and connection to their personal lives. The program includes a digital track with animated videos to illustrate the biblical text, internalizing activities, games, and an invitation to be creative – all this through an innovative experience.
In order to demonstrate the biblical language, each video appears in two ways: the language of the Torah and the language of the classroom. The students can learn the content in the “two languages” or focus on the more important language according to the school’s preferences.
Additionally, for the 2020-21 school year, there will be a new unit added to iTaLAM 2, which includes games and activities from iTaLAM 1 in order to offer a review and strengthening of the content that was learned remotely during the Corona period. (This unit is offered at no additional cost.)