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Integration Deepens Learning

Integration of the curriculum deepens learning and provides opportunities for students to make authentic connections, not only across school subjects but also in their own lives and the world around them. Yavneh integrates learning because we recognize the complexity of the whole child. Students are whole individuals, multi-faceted, and need to draw from the totality of their learning experiences to address new questions or situations. This integration prepares students for comfortable and informed participation in a pluralistic society.

Exploring Multiple Subjects

By exploring content areas through multiple subjects, modalities and interest areas, learning becomes more relevant and accessible to each child. When students can utilize their language skills in math or their scientific skills of observation in text study, they are able to make deeper connections and learn from the similarities and contrasts.

Integrating Jewish Studies Enriches all Subjects

Jewish Studies is not a separate strand of learning, rather it is part of how we look at the world. Integrating or blending Jewish studies throughout the curriculum allows students to see the natural curricular connections thus enriching the meanings of all subjects as well as finding more relevance to Jewish learning.

Integrated Learning Snapshots

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Sukkot STEAM ChallengeMiddle school dove into the Torah and rabbinic literature about sukkot and created blueprints and prototypes of sukkot in various situations.
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Noah’s ArkSecond grade traveled back in time to become Noah. Using their emerging mathematical knowledge of measurement and Torah study skills, they interpreted the commandment to build an ark utilizing design thinking.
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Designing a StageIn the Torah,Trek, and Teva elective, students learned how nature is connected to Judaism. Students were challenged to create something to enhance our school’s experience and enrich their connection to self, spirituality, teva/nature, and Jewishness. After interviewing students, they built an outdoor stage.
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Babe the Gallant PigFourth grade students read Wonder and Babe the Gallant Pig, analyzing them using Jewish sources and exploring what these books teach us about each other and ourselves.
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Mathematical Self-portraitsUtilizing math, art and Jewish studies, students explored the Pirkei Avot teaching - Who is Wise? One who learns from all people. Using a photo as a reference, students created grids to achieve proper proportions and then created their portraits. They displayed the “wall of faces” to depict their diverse learning environment.
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Cooking, Math and HebrewFirst graders practiced math and Hebrew skills by halving and doubling a recipe while cooking with matzah for Passover