Reading and writing opens up children to brave new worlds…
Hebrew Academy believes that a strong reading program is essential in building an everlasting educational foundation in all core subject areas. Our kindergarten and first grade students participate in the Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Program®- (LiPS®)*. LiPS®* provides students with the necessary skills for decoding, spelling, letter blends and diagraphs to help build a student’s concept of whole language that will follow them into adulthood as they continue to decipher and add new vocabulary to their reading repertoire.
Our language arts program combines phonemic awareness, writing, grammar, spelling, and language development, and prepares students to read and appreciate literature, while learning to express themselves with creativity and clarity. At every grade level, varieties of instructional techniques are used to explore both written and oral language. Through individual, paired, and small group instruction, students learn the strategies they will need for analysis and comprehension of increasingly more difficult written passages. In addition, students write their own books, poems, and speeches which may be published or highlighted in special programs, as well as a variety of local, regional, and nationwide contests. The common thread throughout the school is the teaching of effective communication skills and critical thinking. The curriculum aims to inspire students to think creatively and to develop articulation of thought in both the spoken and written word.
*Hebrew Academy of Tidewater and Strelitz Early Childhood Center are not affiliated with, certified, licensed, or sponsored by Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes, Nanci Bell, Phyllis Lindamood or Pat Lindamood. Lindamood-Bell Learning Process in no way guarantees the quality of the materials or services that might be supplied by the Hebrew Academy of Tidewater and Strelitz Early Childhood Center.
The world is their oyster…
Hebrew Academy of Tidewater’s social studies curriculum challenges students to be information gatherers, critical thinkers, and problem solvers. History, geography, economics, and civics are woven together to form the basis of our social studies program. The social studies curriculum takes our students on a sequential journey, exposing them to diverse cultures along the way. The journey begins with the importance of groups, incorporating families and friends, and then expands to communities, cities, states, and countries ranging from the earliest civilizations to the present. Students practice acquiring, organizing, using, and interpreting information. There is a natural integration between the language arts and social studies programs. The primary grades integrate social studies and literature through storytelling. Literature is used to enhance the social studies curriculum in the intermediate grades. Field trips coordinate with areas of the social studies curriculum and enhance study by helping our students make connections to the world around them. The curriculum aims to imbue students with knowledge, thinking skills, and respect for democratic ideals so that they can internalize the conviction that personal actions make a difference.
It all adds up to their success…
A math program that not only concentrates on competency, but also stresses problem solving, is found here at Hebrew Academy. The mathematic curriculum is a spiraling program and is key to reinforcement and ultimate mastery. Our students learn fundamental concepts using manipulatives and hands-on activities and are given opportunities to think for themselves. They work independently, with partners, in small groups and large groups to develop confidence in their ability to investigate their choice in a safe environment. The curriculum provides a comprehensive range of reasoning, number sense, computation, and estimation skills. Measurement, interpretation of data, and patterns are studied at every grade level. Calculators and computers are utilized to enhance the learning process in a meaningful way. Repeated exposure to concepts and skills is important for reinforcement and ultimate mastery. Students learn how to use mathematical thinking in an atmosphere that promotes creativity and individuality. Our program is committed to promoting math as a useful tool and aims to help students make connections to everyday life.
Their theories matter…
Our junior scientists are very curious and busy with their many research projects and investigations. The science program at the Hebrew Academy of Tidewater is planned as a series of hands on experiences that expose students to important areas of life, earth, and physical sciences. Students engage in scientific discovery by asking questions, making observations and conducting experiments. Students learn to observe, interact with, and understand the living and non-living world around them. In addition, since communicating scientific findings is so important, students frequently work on projects involving writing: depending on the grade level, they record data and notes in journals, create informative brochures on a given topic, write articles and reports, compose letters, and/or sum up their experiments with detailed lab reports.
The school laboratory is fully equipped with modern technology as well as sufficient space to allow students to participate in experiments that reinforce the scientific method, from the study of mold growth to the study of seeds, bugs, and hurricanes. Students compare and contrast things by smell, taste, and feel. They graph data, measure mass and length, and form conclusions based upon the testing of hypotheses. At our yearly science fair, NASA scientists are invited to be judges for our fourth and fifth graders’ experiments and presentations. They are constantly amazed at the quality and implementation of the scientific method by our students. We firmly believe that a good science program lays the foundation for the development of critical thinking skills and stimulates children’s curiosity.
Christopher Wohl, Ph.D., Research Surface Scientist, NASA – 2014 HAT’s Annual Science Fair
As always we were blown away by the hard work, creativity, and scientific merit in each student’s projects. It is very clear that Tanya Conley, science teacher, is changing the lives of students, and we think doing an extraordinary job to help inspire complex thinking and scientific development in each of these children.
Technology helps backup their true learning…
The philosophical basis of Hebrew Academy’s technology program is a commitment to promote technology as a useful tool that connects the outcomes and activities of all content areas. In practice and implementation, the technology program acts as a tool that facilitates and enhances instruction. However, technologies are not an end in themselves; they are the tools students use to access and analyze information, create knowledge, promote critical thinking, problem solve and learn to work collaboratively, as well as develop effective oral and written communication.
Technology is an integral part of both the Judaic and general studies curriculum. It is used in the presentation of information and the reinforcement of concepts taught. Computers are available in individual classrooms, the library, and in our computer lab. Every classroom is equipped with either an Activboard, a Smart-board, or Epson BrightLink projectors which enables interactive learning. In addition, computer classes are held in the computer lab with a specialist once a week. During this period, directed learning takes place. Without a doubt, the benefits of technology best emerge when integrated into interactive reinforcement, enrichment activities, and project-based curricular activities in which students are the gatherers, problem solvers, and communicators of information. Our teachers have embraced technology as a fundamental aspect of creating 21st Century learners.
They sing out strong…
At Hebrew Academy, music is both an academic pursuit and an art form. Through music we are able to celebrate and preserve our individual and collective heritages, express our feelings and emotions, and explore our creativity and imagination. Students are exposed at an early age to recorders, Suzuki violins and other string instruments with plenty of performance opportunities throughout the year. They learn about music history, musicians, various musical styles, and the overall value of music in our lives. Teachers integrate the use of performing arts and Judaic studies through programs such as the annual Hannukah De-Lights, Siddur and Chumash presentations. We believe participation in a balanced, comprehensive, and sequential music program allows students to build self-esteem and positive self-image. Through exposure to a broad variety of musical experiences our students will be led to appreciate a diverse society.
Fitness for their minds, bodies, and spirits…
At Hebrew Academy of Tidewater we focus on developing a love for physical activity in physical education. This is achieved by developing gross motor skills, coordination, desirable social skills, and safety skills in an enjoyable manner. Students benefit from a variety of physical activities from organized games and relays to gymnastics and fitness routines. The school is fortunate to augment the physical education program with a nine week swim program for our kindergarten classes. As students move up through the grade levels, they are introduced to individual sports such as soccer, basketball, and volleyball with skills further enhanced in our fourth and fifth grade intramural program. They learn the rules and strategies of the games while developing strong muscles and cardiovascular fitness at the same time. Hebrew Academy students become proficient in several movement forms and are able to apply them in game situations. They understand the value of teamwork, leading a healthy, physically active life, and are able to be personally and socially responsible in physical activity situations.
They draw upon their experiences…
Hebrew Academy’s art curriculum is committed to providing a rich experience in the visual arts for all students. The curriculum is designed to be cumulative through the identification of essential concepts, content, and skills which progress in complexity from kindergarten through fifth grade. Art lessons are centered on drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, surface design and printing, clay, and paper crafts. The presentation and expectations reflect the knowledge and concepts required to meet the cognitive and psychomotor needs of the students at each grade level. Through art production, students express ideas and feelings in two-dimensional and three-dimensional art form. Visual arts develop students’ skills of observation and their ability to describe, interpret, evaluate, and respond to their own art work. In addition, students are introduced to the works and styles of artists throughout history.
Our annual art display showcases the amazing talents of all our students. Students have the opportunity to submit artwork including the Water Awareness Calendar Contest sponsored by the City of Virginia Beach’s Public Utilities department, and Israeli poster contests, resulting with yearly winners. Visual arts provides students with multiple means of expression and communication, fosters the development of self-expression, and encourages lifelong appreciation of the arts.