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Explore Our Curriculum

Welcome to Beth Tfiloh Lower School! BT is an environment filled with warmth, an enthusiasm and curiosity for learning, and a strong sense of joy and pride with being both Jewish and American.

Beth Tfiloh’s team of supportive and accomplished teachers and administrators foster a nurturing and stimulating academic atmosphere. Character development is integrated into all we do and skills such as the foundation skills of literacy, numeracy, Hebrew language and citizenship are introduced, developed and mastered. Students are encouraged to be curious about learning and to deepen their emerging understanding of their world through science, art, music, technology, and movement. Our MakerSpace provides an opportunity for developing minds to solve problems, investigate interests and extend learning through hands-on experiences, while also supporting both independent and cooperative learning.

Our love for and attention to each student enables teachers to understand and best support each child’s strengths and needs. Starting with our youngest learners, we screen, identify and assist children who are in need of early academic support. Our classrooms often utilize smaller group learning to provide more individualized attention to students who either need more help or enrichment. At BT, our focus is always to help our students achieve not only academic success but grow their social and emotional intelligence as well.
The Lower School’s stimulating program includes the following curricular areas:

Reading/Language Arts Art Hebrew Language
Mathematics Music Torah
Social Studies Library Studies Prayer
Science & Engineering Physical Education Character Education
Technology   Shabbat & Holidays

THE GENERAL STUDIES PROGRAM

The development of literacy skills – both oral and written – are learned through reading, writing and social studies. Beginning with working on phonemic awareness skills in Kindergarten, our reading and writing instruction becomes more structured and advanced as students learn to decode the alphabet, understand how sounds, letters and syllables form the foundation of language, and then move towards reading fluency. While the development of reading comprehension skills begin as early as Preschool and Kindergarten, as children mature and become more confident, their critical and abstract thinking skills grow. At Beth Tfiloh, students learn to understand what they read, and then develop the self-assurance to analyze what they’ve read and see how that knowledge applies to the world around them.

BT’s math curriculum provides our students a solid understanding of math skills and concepts which then become progressively more challenging as they go through Lower School. Students are encouraged to see math in their real life experiences and challenges making math a meaningful skill and therefore applicable to the world around them.
 

THE JUDAIC STUDIES PROGRAM

Our Judaic Studies Program provides a meaningful, enriching and robust approach to teaching traditional Jewish values and a commitment to Torah and the State of Israel. Children learn to speak, read and write Hebrew, to recite daily prayers and to celebrate various Jewish life cycle events and celebrations. Classes emphasize moral and ethical behavior, character development and respect (derech eretz). Youngsters learn at an early age that they are part of a diverse Jewish family where every voice is heard and respected.

Starting with daily Hebrew instruction in Kindergarten, followed with an introduction to Bible studies in second grade, our students develop textual skills along with an appreciation for the timeless lessons that strengthen Jewish identity and Jewish connections.

TECHNOLOGY

Technology enhances all instruction and learning at Beth Tfiloh and students are taught to navigate it seamlessly so that it enhances what they do. Students use iPads in the classroom to deepen their understanding of subjects such as animals, geography and reading. Coding, green screens, keyboarding, safe internet and email use and even Power Point are taught in a creative and fun way, enhancing students’ understanding of how technology can be used as a tool for learning.

 

BETH TFILOH Dahan Community School
Roz & Marvin H. Weiner Family Campus | 3300 Old Court Road, Baltimore, MD 21208 | 410-486-1905 | mail@bethtfiloh.com