1st Grade Curriculum and Teacher Bios
Cecelia Weinheimer is a long time Temple Micah member and has been involved in Micah's religious school for many years. She has been privileged to work with several religious school directors and learn from many children. She previously worked for a law firm in Washington. She and her husband have one son, a graduate of Micah's religious school. She believes that religious school should be fun, informative and interesting for your children and for me, the teacher!
Anna is a senior psychology major at the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to beginning her studies at the University of Maryland, she studied Hebrew and Judaic studies at Machon Gold, a seminary in Jerusalem. Anna believes strongly in the importance of a Jewish education and enjoys the time she spends at Machon Micah.
Let's Discover the Alef Bet
Students learn the names and sounds of the 22 letters of the alef bet (the Hebrew alphabet) in this entertaining and exciting set of twenty-four 4-page folders. Presented in the order of the alef bet, each folder introduces one letter and includes:
- A key Hebrew word--with an accompanying English explanation--to teach the new letter
- Inventive activities to reinforce the shape and sound of each letter
- Additional Hebrew vocabulary words beginning with the new letter
- Playful exercises to engage the child's artistic and creative interests
- "In School or At Home"--an activity to be used in the classroom or sent home to encourage family participation
- Clever riddles to entertain students
As they learn the letters of the alef bet, students develop a basic Jewish vocabulary. Bayit teaches bet, shofar teaches shin. Important cultural concepts are also explained. What is kept inside the aron kodesh? What are ritual objects we use to make havdalah?
Children will enjoy marking their progress on the alef bet chart and using the Hebrew picture dictionary to reinforce letter recognition. By the time students receive the beautiful certificate of completion, they will have had a delightful time learning the alef bet.
Let's Explore Being Jewish
In Let’s Explore Being Jewish, Students delve into the key concepts of Jewish life in this set of seven 16-page full-color magazines. Each magazine addresses one major area of Jewish identity, utilizing photos and art, activities, stories and vocabulary. The playful integration of text, art, and activities offers an interactive introduction to Jewish living.
Temple Micah first-graders are discovering the full range of Jewish life, including “What happens at a Jewish wedding?” “How do we dress a Torah?” “Why must we be kind to animals?” “Who are the people in the synagogue?”
- The Bible
- Israel: People and Places
- Israel: A City Tour
- The Synagogue
- Jewish Symbols
- The Life Cycle
Let's Discover the Holidays
Introduce young children to the holidays with this series of sixteen 4-page folders. The folders feature photographs, artwork, playful activities, and clear text students can understand, even if they can't yet read.Machon Micah 5770 (2009-2010) 1st (Asher) Curriculum and Teacher Biographies
Large, contemporary photographs and whimsical illustrations bring the holidays to life. The simple retelling of each holiday story, the introduction of key holiday objects, rituals, and vocabulary, and delightful activities reinforce new concepts and engage the young child.
Set 1: Let's Discover the Fall Holidays
- Rosh Hashanah
- Yom Kippur
- Simhat Torah
- Shabbat: The Creation of the World
- Shabbat: A Day of Rest
- The Story of Hanukkah
- Celebrating Hanukkah
Set 2: Let's Discover the Spring Holidays
- Tu B'Shevat
- The Story of Purim
- Celebrating Purim
- The Story of Passover
- Celebrating Passover
- Yom Ha'atzma'ut
- Shavuot: The Ten Commandments
- Celebrating Shavuot