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Curriculum

Homeschooling is not very common in Israel, and homeschooling in Hebrew is even more rare. For this reason there is no homeschooling curriculum in Hebrew.
The local school book store has been very supportive in helping us to order the books and teachers guides, cd:s etc that we need, things that normally only schools buy.

We make up a lot of material on our own, for all the different subjects, and take a lot from the internet. But in many subjects we also use existing school books, and sometimes also teacher’s guides.

HEBREW

For 1st grade we use a curriculum called “Lomdim Bli Sodot” (“Learning Without Secrets”) This material is based on a TV Show from the Israeli Educational Television, named Bli Sodot. The show is from 1983-1986, but the schoolbooks are newer. Almost 40% of the Israeli schools still use this material for 1st grade.(wikipedia)
It contains 9 workbooks and a dictionary for the student to fill in throughout the year.

For 2nd grade we are using Simanim baDerech (signs on the way), Eshkolit ב and ב-ג and Tsaad Tsaad א and ב. Simanim baDerech is covering a lot of the needs in itself. Eshkolit is divided into different subjects and is an excellent complement. Tsaad Tsaad is a bunch of booklets. The kids can either use them as read alouds or do the exercises that come in a separate workbook for every booklet.
This is a little bit too much for one year, but we figure it is better to have too much than too little. Whatever there is no time for we can save for summer school or beginning of third grade.

MATH

In math we use “Ksherim uHeksherim beMatematika” (“Skills and connections in Mathematics”) for 1st and 2nd grade. The reason we chose this one is that our son used it in first grade in public school. We like it and we can’t see any reason why we should switch to something else.

TORAH

In Torah we use a book named Chalon el Bereshit (Window to Genesis). This book is systematically going through Genesis. The three main parts are 1. The Creation and Gan Eden, 2. The patriarchs, 3. Joseph. It is teaching some of the difficult words in order to make the kids familiar with Biblical Hebrew. There is a lot of art and crafts included in this one too.
The book is originally meant for second grade. We use it for 1st and 2nd grade.

SCIENCE

In science we are going through two different books in one year. There are two separate series, and we’re using the 1st grade-book from one of the series, and the 2nd grade book from the other. The one for 1st grade is called “Mada be-idan Technologi”. The book for second grade is called “Mada veTechnologia” Hopefully we will find out throughout the year which one we like the best, in order to know what to stick with next year.

ENGLISH

In English we use Click 1. This is meant for 3d grade but we use it for 1st and 2nd grade in a slower pace. They learn English from scratch.

SWEDISH

In Swedish we decide from time to time what to do. I get ideas from old Swedish schoolbooks from the 60’s and 70’s. The kids are already fluent in Swedish so this is about learning to read and write.

BIBLE

In Bible class we are dedicating the first third of the year to go through the general history of the Biblical time, and the “big picture” of the plan of salvation that can be seen from Genesis to Revelation. We are using “The Big Picture Story Bible”  for this. Then we will also learn the general structure of the Bible. During the second and third third we will study the book of Judges.

NEW TESTAMENT

In New Testament class we are focusing on the Life of Yeshua this year. The first third of the year we will learn Yeshua’s deeds and miracles from birth until just before the last supper. The second third will be focused on the parables, and the third third will be about his death and resurrection and the ascension.

PARASHAT HASHAVUA

We haven’t started with this subject yet. I decided to wait with it until after Simchat Torah, when the Parashot starts anew from Genesis.

HEBREW LITTERATURE

In this subject we use the book series “Derech haMilim” (The Way of the Words). We use both the material for the first and for the second grade. The books are basically a collection of poems and stories, organized by genres. About half of the material is about the holidays, but there’s a lot of other things as well, such as friendships, family, traffic, environment, etc.

SOCIAL SCIENCE

In this subject we use “Lichyot Yachad beYisrael” (“Living Together in Israel”). It deals with friendships and social conduct, different professions, the immediate family, the extended family, chores around the home, the neighborhood and the street and different places in Israel.

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