Religious School Vision & Curriculum
Vision for KM Religious School
Our KM Religious School understands the needs of today’s children and families. We offer an experiential Religious School program that meets the expectations of different types of learners. Our vision is to expand the mind and open the soul, endowing each child with a passion for lifelong learning, and a fundamental appreciation of what it means to be Jewish today. Our school values family education and bridging the gap between school, home, and community.
Our Religious School will provide a safe place for kids and a sense of belonging and community through innovative learning styles including curriculum that synthesizes the arts, affective and cognitive ideas, as well as informal and formal experiences. Our school philosophy is to get the students up and out of their seats. If you were to walk into one of our classrooms you would see learning centers, debates, games, singing, movement, film, art, and other interactive learning modalities. Each student will grow to understand and appreciate his or her Jewish identity, culture, religion, heritage and sense of self within a larger Jewish community.
We believe that students should begin their Jewish education with our Toddler Program and remain in school through Confirmation and Hebrew High School. Becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah does not mark the conclusion of one’s studies, rather it indicates acceptance of the adult responsibility and privilege of continued study. We encourage our students to continue their education with our “Westside Chai” – High School program at KM.
Our progressive school curriculum is guided by timeless Jewish values. Our spiral curriculum (selected core topics) is reintroduced at deeper cognitive levels as students advance to higher grades. These topics focus on God, Torah and Israel. They also include: Hebrew literacy and basic conversational Hebrew, Jewish text study, Jewish history, Mitzvot and holidays. Our textbooks are carefully selected each year to enhance our curriculum and to engage our students. Our teachers use both modern and time-tested techniques in classroom management and curriculum presentation.
Students will be taught the richness and beauty of their diverse Jewish heritage, traditions, and Hebrew language through prayer and basic conversational Hebrew. We integrate informal learning with formal education at all grade levels, including music, Israeli dance, drama, art, family educational programs, Shabbatot, and a Camp Ramah experience.
For more details about our programs, click HERE.
All parents are encouraged to get involved in family education because we believe that through cooperation, family supporting school and school supporting family, we can teach our children that Jewish living is an important part of their lives. Because we care about our families, we will try to be sensitive to your needs and desires by encouraging parent involvement, support and feedback. We offer a variety of family holiday programs, Ohr L’Olam, Shabbat programming for all ages, Shabbat dinners, Shabbat lunches and Havdalah nights, 3 part B’nai Mitzvah Series for families and special programming including a family beach day for Lag Ba’Omer and Havdalah on the beach. These informal educational experiences engage the entire family in lifelong learning.
Ohr L’Olam, a Light to the World
Ohr L’Olam, or being a light to the world, is a fundamental concept in Judaism. Our students are involved in many Ohr L’Olam projects throughout the year. Each Grade will participate in an enriching Ohr L’Olam Program both at KM and in the Greater community.
2nd-3rd Grades: Expresses V’ahavta L’rayacha Kamocha (Love Your Neighbor as Yourself) by heading up an all school winter needs and toy collection drive during the winter holiday season.
4th-5th Grades: Focuses on the Mitzvah of Bal Tashchit (Unnecessary destruction) andTzar Ba’alei Chayim (Compassion for Animals), integrating the geography and people of Israel into their Israel curriculum.
6th-7th Grade: Explores the Mitzvah: Lo Tahmod (do not stand by), as part of their Holocaust and Values curriculum by identifying current issues and taking action.
School-Wide: Includes Shalach Manot on Purim, the community JWW Walk to end Genocide, Mitzvah Day, Israel Fair, and singing for the elderly at the Barnard Park Villa in Venice.
All students in grades 2 – 7 will have an opportunity to study with three wonderful professional teachers, each of who specialize in a particular subject area.
Pod core subjects include:
A) HEBREW/ ISRAEL
Reading, writing, reading prayers, vocabulary, study of ancient and modern Israel
B) HISTORY / TORAH STUDY / JEWISH VALUES
Parashat Hashuvua, Biblical Narratives, Jewish Heroes, Kashrut, Ten Commandments, Jewish Values, Jewish Life Cycle, Jewish Ethics, God, Ancient and Modern Jewish History
C) TEFILLA (PRAYER) / HEBREW SONGS / HOLIDAYS / BRACHOT (BLESSINGS) / MITZVOT
Holiday celebrations, Jewish customs and rituals, Shabbat morning service, Torah service, Friday evening service, prayers/blessings for meals and holidays, Hebrew songs