General Studies 

Building reading and writing skills

The development of reading and writing skills is prominent in first grade. Our students move from “pre-reading” skills to mastering the fundamental reading, spelling and writing skills that will set them up for success. We cultivate successful readers and critical thinkers by encouraging and guiding students to ask questions such as “Who are the characters in the story?” “Where does the story take place?” “What happens in the beginning, middle and end of the story?”  Click here for more suggestions from Mrs. Wolder.

Mastering Math Skills

Our first graders are excited about math!  They become very familiar with number concepts, they learn addition and subtraction facts, and how to tell time. They count coins and identify patterns in numbers and objects, and they apply all of this learning in their daily lives.

Assuming responsibility and routines

In first grade our students assume more responsibility for their learning through homework and classroom chores, which they take great pride in doing. We foster independence and cooperation by implementing daily routines that students can follow independently. They become aware of the important role that each of them play in creating a safe and fun classroom learning environment.

First graders at The Hebrew Academy:

  • Read directions off the board;

  • Write words with letter combination patterns such as words with the silent "e" like make;

  • Read and write high-frequency words such as where and every;

  • Write complete sentences with correct capitalization and punctuation;

  • Read aloud first-grade books with accuracy and understanding;

  • Count change;

  • Tell time to the hour and half-hour;

  • Quickly answer addition and subtraction facts for sums up to 20; and

  • Complete two-digit addition and subtraction problems on paper

  • Click here to learn about key 1st grade reading skills.

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

We incorporate Social Emotional Learning into students academic lives cultivating self regulation, self awareness, flexibility, and the ability to consider other perspectives.  Magic Circle is a very special time in First Grade. Students count on this daily routine to be able to express themselves heartfully and to be listened to. In this setting students learn to listen deeply, appreciate differences, understand that others feel similar things as they themselves do, and that they can support one another powerfully.

First Graders typically possess these physical and social skills:

  • They are able to sit, listen and pay attention for 15 minutes at a time

  • They work independently at their desk

  • They listen to and follow longer sets of directions

  • They complete homework and turn it in the next day

  • They stay seated for a longer period of time

  • They are able to see things from another person’s point of view so you can reason with her and teach her empathy

  • They relate experiences in greater detail and in a logical way

  • They problem-solve when disagreements arise

  • They may crave affection from parents and teachers 

  • They experience minor difficulties with friends and working out problems with peers

  • They are able to plan ahead


Judaic Studies 

Responsibility is a strong focus in the second grade classroom. Children are taught and encouraged to develop a sense of responsibility for their classroom and their work. I am very excited to be in second grade learning and growing with your child. My primary objective as a teacher is to create a happy environment where the students are confident and comfortable to learn and grow as they develop a strong Jewish pride and Jewish values.


Students in our first grade will become proficient in Hebrew Reading. We incorporate and integrate various reading programs, which give our students the perfect blend, for them to acquire the necessary skills, to become masterful  Hebrew readers.

Hebrew reading is tailored to the needs of each individual student and many supplemental activities are added to the reading program to ensure that learning comes alive and that students are engaged and positively motivated.


Students in first grade will become proficient in writing Hebrew script. They will master the skill of transposing from Hebrew block letters to Hebrew script. Many supplemental activities are included to the writing program to ensure that learning comes alive and that students are positively motivated


Students begin to Daven (pray), using a Siddur (prayer book),  for their morning prayers. In First Grade basic prayers are introduced to our students. The aim of Tefilla is for our students to gain an appreciation and strong connection with the beautiful Prayers in the Jewish prayer book.


The Weekly Torah Portion comes alive and becomes very relevant, as our students learn and reenact the main Parsha themes of the week. Our students are very proud to share their extensive knowledge with family and friends around the Shabbat dinner table. There is a summary review sheet with questions and answers which comes home every Friday.


Our  Jewish  Holidays , traditions come alive with energy and  spirit ,as our students see, hear and feel first  hand from their teachers, who are living examples of  Judaism at its finest.

Students of the Hebrew Academy receive a complete and comprehensive awareness and full understanding of Judaic culture and the timeless messages that are relevant today. Hebrew Academy students will learn and know the traditions and how to participate in Jewish rituals ,ceremony and celebrations 


The Months of the Jewish calendar are replete with joyous Holidays and special occasions. Our students check in daily to get a first-hand look to see what’s new and exciting in the Jewish calendar. Every holiday has its special message and unique theme. Our first grade students learn their Jewish Holidays and traditions while crafting, singing, playing   and having lots of fun.


The acquisition of conversational modern Hebrew (Ivrit) is a main theme at the Hebrew Academy. Our aim is for our students to develop a love of Israel through the use of Hebrew language and identification with their holidays. In Ivrit, students develop their Hebrew oral skills. As they advance in their knowledge of and fluency in Hebrew, they become confident in their communication abilities. Lessons are based upon our recently adopted Migdal Ohr series. Each page is beautifully illustrated, thereby engaging the students' interest and stimulating their curiosity to learn more.

First grade emphasizes simple sentence structure, using familiar contexts such as the  home or school, shopping at the store or supermarket and playing outside at the same time that students build their Hebrew vocabulary, strong Jewish Values are highly emphasized throughout the Ivrit and Jewish studies curriculum.