Children in our once-a-week “Tikvah Learning” program are actively engaged in learning tailored to their own talents, interests, and abilities. With teacher guidance, children become artists, writers, detectives, reporters, and producers of their own theme-based projects.
The Tikvah Learning program was developed by Education Director David Blocker and Rabbi Randy Kafka, who gratefully acknowledge the support of Combined Jewish Philanthropies’ Commission on Jewish Life & Learning. Each school year is divided into two semesters, with each semester having a Jewish Studies theme. Themes in the past have included Coming to America; Jews and Sports: How to be a Mensch; and Judaism and the Environment. Each year, the themes and projects are different! Children and parents participate in brainstorming sessions to develop the project ideas, and then the staff develop the curriculum. The goal each semester is to create something that will be of use to others. With this goal, student engagement and enthusiasm is high.
Children also gain basic prayerbook literacy with an emphasis on spirituality.
In addition, children receive individualized bat/bar mitzvah instruction.
At Kol Tikvah, we strive to be an inclusive learning community. Our teacher training and attention to individual needs have made Tikvah Learning a place where children with learning challenges can be successful.
From the semester “Judaism and the Environment,” a slide show of our Environmental Artists’ collages.
See the drop-down menu for other semester projects.