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Sixth and Seventh Grade Curriculum

Our goals for the sixth and seventh grade class are to advance their study through more intensive learning of Torah, Hebrew, prayer and Jewish ritual in preparation for their Bar/Bat mitzvah. Students will learn through a variety of activities that include text and media study, song, art, cooking and educational games.

Each class will consist of intensive Hebrew/prayer study through the Mitkadem program (scroll down for more information), as well as an experiential activity to engage students in learning about the subject of the day (Mitzvot, shabbat, holiday, etc).

Expectations for Sixth grade group:

  • master the Shabbat and service prayers
  • master fluency of Hebrew reading
  • familiarity with basic oral and written modern Hebrew
  • engage in Chevruta style (analytical) study of Torah 
  • master the Birkat Hamazon and Hatikvah 
  • discuss and explore the experience, identity and responsibilities of growing up in a small Jewish community
  • learn about the history/culture of Southern Jewry in particular

Expectations for Seventh grade group:

  • continue to develop mastery of Hebrew reading and understanding of the Shabbat and service prayers
  • engage in Chevruta style (analytical) study of Torah 
  • familiarity with basic oral and written modern Hebrew
  • discuss and explore the experience, identity and responsibilities of growing up in a small Jewish community
  • learn and discuss Jewish values as they relate to their community 
  • discuss the experience of major Jewish life cycle events, especially the Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Mitkadem: Our New Hebrew Language and Prayer Curriculum

We are excited to implement a new Hebrew and prayer program to our curriculum called Mitkadem.

Mitkadem is a self-paced Hebrew prayer and ritual program designed to empower every child to learn Hebrew. The Mitkadem program consists of 23 levels that introduce grammar, vocabulary and reading. Students who prefer to work alone may do so, while others might be more interested in practicing reading with a partner. Students complete each packet individually or in small groups. 

Different from traditional textbooks, every ramah includes several booklets with five categories of activities:

  1. Hakdamah – Introductory activities that set the stage for the theme of each prayer and related activities. These serve as an “advanced organizer” for the unit and must be completed before moving to the remaining activities.
  1. K’riah – Reading activities that drill decoding skills, fluent reading of the prayer, and if appropriate, chanting of the prayer.
  1. Otzar Milim – Vocabulary activities drill key words and important phrases found within the prayer.
  1. Dikduk – Grammar activities teach and have students use roots, prefixes, and suffixes found within the prayer.
  1. Divrei T’filah – Activities emphasize concepts and critical thinking skills. In this section, students delve into the theological and philosophical ideology expressed in Jewish liturgy.


Meet Our 6th-7th Grade Teacher!

Colin Silverman

I am so excited for the upcoming Chavaya year! I am from Chicago, Illinois and I am an accounting major at the University of Florida. From Blue Star Camp, to Diller Teen Fellows, to BBYO, my love for Judaism comes from the many Judaic experiences I have had throughout my life. Before coming to the University of Florida, I took a gap year where I served as the International President of BBYO. I decided to be a part of the Chavaya team because I believe Hebrew School education helps secure the next generation of Jewish people. Especially in a unique community like Gainesville, I think Chavaya allows the kids to get a meaningful Jewish education.