3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette, Illinois 60091 Weekday Services: M-Fri: 7:00am/Sun: 9am; Sun - Thu: 7:30 pm

Our Bet Class

Meet your Bet teacher, Charone Ousley!
CharoneShalom, my name is Charone Ousley and I am thrilled to be the Kitah Heh Jewish studies teacher this year at the BHCBE Academy! I earned my Bachelor of Arts and my Education degree from York University in Toronto, Canada. I have been a teacher for over 15 years and my most important goals as an educator are developing a warm, trusting relationship with my students and their parents and enriching my students’ education through creative and meaningful exploration. I love Jewish education and I aim to impart that love to my students.

Hebrew Curriculum
In Kitah Bet we will be studying Hebrew using the book Aleph Bet Quest. We will start by reviewing the Hebrew letters and progress to using vowels and by the end of the year be able to read whole syllables in Hebrew. In addition to using our Hebrew primer, we will reinforce Hebrew through immersion and movement.

By the end of the year, our goal is for students to be able to:

  • Fluently recognize all Hebrew letters and vowels
  • Write their name in Hebrew
  • Demonstrate a basic Hebrew vocabulary of greetings, classroom objects, and ritual foods/objects (~ 75 words)
  • Say the appropriate blessings to say over Challah and grape juice,
  • Fluently recite the Shema, Modeh Ani, Barchu and blessing for lighting Shabbat Candles
  • Respond to instructions in Hebrew including “to stand,” “to sit,” “to run,” “to jump,” “to stop,” to “speed up,” “to point,” and “to walk.”

Jewish Life Curriculum
Overview:  As each holiday approaches, we’ll learn about its customs and meaning in advance, preparing our students to enjoy the holiday and participate along with their families. Kitah Bet will also use art projects, story books, and games to teach students about stories from the Torah as well as the meaning of each holiday as it is coming up.

By the end of the year, our goal is for students to be able to:

  • Name one special activity we do in honor of each major Jewish Holiday (i.e. blow the shofar on Rosh Hashana)
  • Identify special foods associated with Rosh Hashanah, Hanukkah, Tu B’shvat, Purim, and Passover and the reason we eat them
  • Define what makes someone Jewish
  • Identify biblical characters like Adam, Eve, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah
  • Recognize the Israeli flag and learn how it got its design (it looks like a tallit!)

The Regular Schedule: Every Sunday begins at 9:00 am together in the sanctuary for school-wide tefillot. Parents sit with their children in a row set aside for their child’s grade. We provide a snack of challah and grape juice every Sunday. Class ends at 11:30 am. For those families that have students in older grades that let out at 12:00 pm, there is a free baby-sitting option in room 102. Please let us know in advance if you would like to take advantage of this service.

Bet is the first year that has our students attending twice a week! Class is from 4:15 – 6:15 on Tuesdays. Students are encouraged to bring tzedakah to donate each time they come to class.