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Our Curriculum & Programs

We have 3 unique curriculums to develop Hebrew Children

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Our Curriculum & Programs

Hebrew Language

Hebrew Language

Hebrew language at Lion’s Whelp is taught in a progressive, levelled system. Students at every age level will learn a basic letters and vocabulary in this course, but the goal is more foundational than vocabulary building. Students will become familiar with the way the language functions—the fact that the alphabet reads right to left, recognition of the letters, how to write the letters, the way vowels points are added to letters to produce different sounds, etc. Students learn new concepts then practice with a variety of written and spoken activities.

Hebrew History

Hebrew History

Hebrew History: Students will learn the social, religious, intellectual, and political experience of the Hebrews that are scattered abroad from the crystallization of us a nation in the biblical period through the end of slavery in America. Students, at each age level will learn the details of the stories and ancestors in the 5 books of the Torah as well as Nevi’im (Prophets) and Ketuvim (Writings) to migration into Africa to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade event and how we transition from biblical stories to Hebrew History. Students will learn history, literary work, migration routes, customs and geography that proves their history.

Hebrew Culture

Hebrew Culture

Hebrew Culture & Identity – Students will learn the importance of Torah Culture in Hebrew Life, as well as values, ethics and theology as they relate to Hebrew tradition. The traditions that are commonly practiced during Shabbat, the Moedim (Feast Days) and Life-Cycle events, including methods of how we worship.

Business/Economics

Business/Economics

Students at every age will walk away understanding of the importance of keeping wealth within the Hebrew community. Additionally, they will learn economic and organizational environments in which modern business operates, group economics, entrepreneurship skills, Hebrew-centered co-ops. Students will be introduced to the functional areas of business-accounting, information systems, research, finance, management, supervision, financial literacy, money management, customer service skills, communication skills, product inventory, marketing strategies, branding, human resources, marketing and how each relate to controlling our own economic narrative as Israelites. 

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

Our curriculum is completely flexible to meet the needs of children in the Hebrew community. Our lessons are designed virtually (e.g. Zoom).  Students can learn remotely through Zoom and our learning management system (Moodle).

We offer four different Hebrew track options. Our lesson plans include activities, discussion questions, a PowerPoint presentation, and resources such as texts, stories, videos, and songs. Our Hebrew track options also include activities such as listening, recording, and other games for students to practice online.

The Lion’s Whelp platform was developed by the Hebrew Academy of Detroit in concert with online educators and curriculum developers. 

Whether you’re homeschooling your child, or to supplement your child’s Hebrew learning experience, the Lion’s Whelp team is here to meet your child’s needs. Our model incorporates:

First-in-class, dynamic, smart resources. PowerPoints, Videos, short stories, and action-based projects keep lessons alive, fun and relevant.

Expertly curated and newly created material. Our curriculum provides a range of content, from Hebrew language, culture, history and business. Each of these tracks offer lessons in each subject matter, with each age group approaching the subject from a different perspective. We provide live sessions with our instructors and ongoing support.

A flexible mix of face-to-face encounters, individualized study and synchronous online classes.

There are 36 total Classes and 9 for each of the 4 tracks. Every age level (5-7, 8-12, 13-17) will have an opportunity to take a total of 9 classes in their age group, 3 classes in each curriculum track. 3 in Language, 3 in History, 3 in Culture and 3 in Business.

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Hebrew Language

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Hebrew language at Lion’s Whelp is taught in a progressive, levelled system. Students at every age level will learn a basic letters and vocabulary in this course, but the goal is more foundational than vocabulary building. Students will become familiar with the way the language functions—the fact that the alphabet reads right to left, recognition of the letters, how to write the letters, the way vowels points are added to letters to produce different sounds, etc. Students learn new concepts then practice with a variety of written and spoken activities.

Language 1, 4, 7

The first level of classes Language classes offers strategies in which each student develops knowledge, language skills, and identity. These classes involve the learners through a gradual process, with a holistic and spiral curriculum. It activates learning in all frames of mind by utilizing a wide range of activities for all modes of communication integrating Hebrew language acquisitions, the development of Hebrew concepts and values, and reading and writing skills. Since emphasis is put on the sentence as a unit of language, students are engaged from the very beginning in creative writing and speech. Basic competence in grammar and comprehensive reading is achieved as well. Communication skills are enhanced by engaging in conversations based on everyday situations, and a variety of cultural topics.

Language 2, 5, 8

The second level of Hebrew Language classes are centered on themes of interest to students. Each theme is presented in context students relate to and understand. Hebrew language classes about modern Hebrew culture as learning culture enhances the learning of the language. Each unit of study incorporates art, music, prose, poetry, news articles, and Hebrew texts. Students learn how use the Hebrew keyboard and how to expand their language skills using the internet as a tool and a vehicle for learning Hebrew. Competence in the four areas of language (comprehensive reading, creative writing, grammar and speech) is acquired through extensive practice of grammar, reading various Hebrew texts and through writing. Communication skills are enhanced by engaging in conversations based on everyday situations.

Language 3, 6, 9

The third level of Hebrew Language classes will empower students at every age level to read, interpret, decipher and transcribe the Hebrew language through all of its historical phases. These courses include: Pictographic Hebrew, Paleo Hebrew, Aramaic/Modern and Hebrew. These skill sets help to empower the student to become not just a reader of Biblical Hebrew, but a teacher. The tools learned throughout the duration of these courses will provide a very rich and well cultivated environment for ascertaining any truths related to biblical history or culture. We incorporate games, literature, poetry, movement and drama to build vocabulary and provide opportunities for students to speak Hebrew in various settings. Competence in the four areas of language (comprehensive reading, creative writing, grammar, and speech) is acquired through practice of grammar, reading of various Hebrew texts, class discussions, and composition writing. The objectives of this course are twofold: development of language skills and preparing the students to approach Hebrew literature in an analytical and comprehensive manner. Students develop conversational skills by regular participation in class presentations and discussions of current events and cultural issues.


 

Hebrew History

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Hebrew History: Students will learn the social, religious, intellectual, and political experience of the Hebrews that are scattered abroad from the crystallization of us a nation in the biblical period through the end of slavery in America. Students, at each age level will learn the details of the stories and ancestors in the 5 books of the Torah as well as Nevi’im (Prophets) and Ketuvim (Writings) to migration into Africa to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade event and how we transition from biblical stories to Hebrew History. Students will learn history, literary work, migration routes, customs and geography that proves their history.

 

Hebrew History 1, 4, 7

The first level of History classes, at each age level, history of ancient Israel during the Old Testament period, including its culture and religion, in the light of migration routes, linguistics and archaeological discoveries. Students will learn all the captivities of our people (Egypt, Assyrian, Babylonian, Persia, Greek and Roman). Students will develop a meaningful identification with Hebrew past and present through the study of Hebrew history, culture, Hebrew language, liturgy, music, literature, arts, and texts. Students will have been exposed to sections of each book of the Hebrew Bible, studied the critical historical events surrounding these books, and be able to discuss their place within the history of Hebrew People.

Hebrew History 2, 5, 8

The second level of History classes, at each age level, students will be exposed to history of our ancestors from the beginning of the Second Temple period until the end of the Slavery in America. Students will receive pertinent information from reputable sources, scholars, historians, theologians, scientists, archeologists. Students will be equipped with historical information that most African Americans don’t know - that’s their identity. A closer look at archaeological, historical, customs and literary aspects of the scrolls; their place in the development of the Hebrew language and thought will be examined. In these classes’ students will see how the 12 Tribes of Israel got to the West Coast of Africa. They will examine various African tribes with Hebrew origins also how to identify Hebrew tribes in Africa through knowledge of Hebraic temple worship and ritual, which of these tribes were taken into the diaspora via the Trans- Atlantic and Trans- Saharan slave trades and how these tribes are reclaiming and proclaiming their Biblical Destiny today. Through readings, video clips and writing we will examine the special role Yah has for Hebrew people to bring justice and liberating to the nations. 

Hebrew History 3, 6, 9

The third level of History classes, at each age level, students will have comprehensive survey of the history of Hebrews (Bantus Negroes) from slavery in America to the present; political, economic, and social developments; analyses of current issues and problems, within the community and at its interface with other communities and cultures, Students will get an proper understanding of what is the “Great Awakening”.

Hebrew Culture

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Hebrew Culture & Identity – Students will learn the importance of Torah Culture in Hebrew Life, as well as values, ethics and theology as they relate to Hebrew tradition. The traditions that are commonly practiced during Shabbat, the Moedim (Feast Days) and Life-Cycle events, including methods of how we worship.

Culture 1, 4, 7

TaNaKh (Torah, Prophets, and Writings)

Through the first level of Hebrew Culture classes, students will recognize that Hebrew education is a lifelong endeavor, one that involves a critical and inquiring approach, whereby the process of questioning is as valued and important as the quest for answers. Students will learn the importance of the Tanakh and will be able to identify allegories, parables, types, symbols, personifications, hyperboles, similes, metaphors, ironies, metonymies, synecdoche’s in the Bible.

Culture 2, 5, 8

Mitzvot (Yah’s Laws) & Moedim

The second level of Hebrew Culture curriculum provides students with a chance to view mitzvot-both ritual and ethical-as opportunities to build a relationship with Yah and humanity. This course Classes 2, 5 and 8 will give students a proper understanding of Ceremonial Laws, Moral Law, Dietary Laws, Students will familiarize themselves with the Sabbath, Yah’s 7 Commanded Feast Days (Passover, Unleavened Bread, Shavuot, Yom Teruah, Yom Kippur, Tabernacles) that are celebrated throughout the Hebrew Calendar.

Culture 3, 6, 9

Hebrew Lifecycle Events

The spiraled curriculum allows students to mark the passages of time and seasons through Hebrew lifecycle ceremonies using the symbols, rituals, prayers and traditions of their heritage. In Hebrew Culture classes 3, 6, and 9 students will learn a Hebraic way to undergo pregnancy, celebrate birth, take our youth through coming of age ceremonies based on scripture, the steps to a Hebraic engagement and wedding, Torah based funeral and mourning practices and where these customs are preserved in Africa and the diaspora.

Business/Economics

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Students at every age will walk away understanding of the importance of keeping wealth within the Hebrew community. Additionally, they will learn economic and organizational environments in which modern business operates, group economics, entrepreneurship skills, Hebrew-centered co-ops. Students will be introduced to the functional areas of business-accounting, information systems, research, finance, management, supervision, financial literacy, money management, customer service skills, communication skills, product inventory, marketing strategies, branding, human resources, marketing and how each relate to controlling our own economic narrative as Israelites. 

We are committed to teaching our children business, entrepreneurial skills and becoming a trusted and valued resource that will help them prepare for their futures.

Business is not taught in school among Hebrew children but is the most relevant subject to the future of Israel. Teaching children about business at a young age is important for the future of the Hebrew economy.

Why is Teaching Youth Business Relevant:

  • Business Economics is a part of Torah Culture
  • Every child will either work in a business or buy from a business
  • Business is not taught in school but is the most relevant subject
  • Life skills learned to prepare for business will contribute to success in daily life
  • Business can be a positive activity and great influence on kids
  • Developing kids with business skills will lead to entrepreneurship
  • Engaging kids in business will change the economy of people of color through educated influence
  • Business changes lives

Business 1, 4, 7

The first level of business/economic classes, at each level, teaches students the importance of business, commerce and economics in the scriptures. Students will also learn the importance of financial planning, banking, budgeting and money management skills. Students will learn economic and business terminology used to be successful on international scale.

Business 2, 5, 8

The second level of business/economic classes, at each age level, students will learn the importance of uniting as a people to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly owned and democratically controlled enterprise. Students will be introduced to successful business models that give us the capacity to gain significant control of the economics of our communities, and to help free us from the current state of economic domination and exploitation by multiple forces in the world.  

Business 3, 6, 9

The third level of business/economic classes, at each age level, teaches students the importance of business Identity, customer Service Skills, Business Plan Development, Operating Agreement/Constitution, Business Structure and Marketing/Branding.

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