The LCLJ Curriculum is designed around helping students to answer the question, “How is Judaism relevant to me in the 21st Century?” This is not only a question that they will answer as they graduate from the LCLJ, but they will visit and revisit it each year of their education. We will weave together ancient texts and ideas with modern understandings and student experiences to help students and families understands what it means to live and act as a Jew in the world today.
Our students will engage with Judaism through Project Based Learning, a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge. In the context of Central, it means that our student will work on projects related to a particular topic over 8-10 weeks in the LCLJ. At the end of the project, families and community members will be invited to engage with the final product.
We are incredibly excited to pioneer this approach at Central. All of the educators have been trained by the Buck Institute for Education, the leading innovators in this approach. We believe that Project Based Learning will allow our students to examine a topic in-depth, while forming a cohesive community with their classmates, finding relevance in Judaism and finding ways large and small to transform their community, Central and the world.
Here is what it means in practical terms:
We invite you to be our partners in Project Based Learning. If you would like to learn more about it, here are some resources we recommend:
If you would like to discuss Project Based Learning or any aspect of our curriculum, please reach out to Rabbi Rosenthal.
It is our goal that every child who attends LCLJ regularly will be able to decode Hebrew (putting together words and sounds fluidly). Our Hebrew curriculum is based around the siddur, meaning that students will be able to decode and chant the prayers and understand the general meaning of the prayer and were it came from. They will also study holiday-specific prayers such as the Hanukkah blessings and the Four Questions. Students will put their learning into action through weekly Tefillah (prayer) and by attending Shabbat Yeladim, our Shabbat programming for kids and families.
Our Hebrew program begins in Kindergarten, with students participating in Hebrew Through Movement, which helps them get used to hearing Hebrew words and associating words with body movements. Beginning in 2nd grade, students learn their letters and the basics of decoding, and in 3rd grade and beyond apply those skills to the siddur. Beginning in 3rd grade, students are divided into small Hebrew groups based on level, including a group for students who have never had Hebrew instruction before. Research shows that the more children are exposed to a language, the easier it is for them to learn, so we encourage you to enroll your students in the LCLJ at an early age to increase their familiarity and fluency with Hebrew.
Director of Youth and Family Education