Chandler Jewish Preschool is very excited to introduce our day school: Tamim Academy of Chandler! We are now enrolling students from kindergarten through 2nd grade. Continue reading to learn more about our first step towards a full Jewish day school program here in Chandler, Arizona.
What is Tamim Academy?
A network of K-8 Jewish day schools partnering with Chabad Houses around the country
Anticipated to join Tamim network next school year. We will be using their curricula and determining if this is a good fit for our school and community. It integrates well with the playful, exploratory Reggio Emilia approach used at CJP, while adding rigorous academics
Tamim Model: learner-centered education, whole-child approach, integrated secular and Jewish curriculum, immersive Hebrew language
What it is: Academic learning that is personalized to each child
What it looks like: Mixed age classes, flexible groupings, students know exactly what they are learning and why it matters, whole group experiences vs. small group/individual lessons
Why it matters: Children take responsibility for their learning, teachers are aware of precisely what skills to target for each child and can design personalized lessons. Everyone learns more!
What it is: Education that values each child’s social-emotional and spiritual growth equally with academic growth
What it looks like: Focus on each child’s growth as a person– how to be a friend, how to handle frustration, how to express emotions. Class meetings and activities, teacher modeling, children learning to reflect on their own feelings and actions.
Why it matters: This is how we help children grow into people with a strong sense of self and authentic kindness to others
Integrated Secular and Jewish Curriculum
What it is: Most subjects–Yahadut, science, social studies, art, etc. are combined in multidisciplinary units
What it looks like: (Example) a unit exploring the parsha of Breishit, scientific study of biomes around the world, artists who use natural mediums
Why it matters: This type of holistic learning solidifies and deepens understanding (used by many highly regarded curriculums, e.g. International Baccalaureate and International Primary Curriculum). Incorporating Jewish learning helps build their self-conception as Jews. Yahadut is not a separate subject but permeates all subjects.
Immersive Hebrew Language
What it is: Modern Hebrew is directly taught, and also integrated throughout the day
What it looks like: Classroom time for Kriah and Ivrit, while also incorporating immersive Hebrew into other times of day, such as recess, science lessons, etc. Eventually, students will spend at least 3 hours a day in an immersive Hebrew environment
Why it matters: Fluency in Modern Hebrew is vital to building connection to Jewish identity, the culture of Israel, and skills in Classical Hebrew
Elementary Curriculum Elements
Ivrit/Kriah: Specialized programs developed by Tamim Academies
Yahadut: Parsha, Chagim, Tefila, Yediot Klaliot, Mitzvot, Shabbat, רוּחָנִיוּת, chavruta learning
Science/Social Studies: Interdisciplinary units based on Next Generation Science Standards and AltSchool Social Studies Standards
English Language Arts: Read Write Inc., a phonics mastery based program
Math: Think! Math, a Singapore Math program
For more information about Tamim Academy of Chandler, head to their website: tamimchandler.org or email email@example.com.