Lookstein 'Israel Throughout the Year' Elementary Curriculum Launched


Source: Israel Throughout the Year


Planned, researched, written and edited by Lookstein Center educators and experienced consultants, the comprehensive and user-friendly "Israel Throughout the Year" curriculum is now ready for your classroom. Students will learn in a fun and engaging way all about Israeli history, geography, culture, tradition, democracy, leaders—and more! Curriculum includes four comprehensive lessons centered around each of the dates of Asara BeTevet, Tu BiShvat, Yom Ha’Atzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim.  

Courage, creativity and resourcefulness were hallmarks of Israel as it emerged and grew into a thriving nation. Great leaders such as David Ben Gurion, Golda Meir and Menachem Begin captured the respect of the world. The blooming of the desert, the draining of the swamps, the revival of the Hebrew language, the courageous soldiers of the IDF, were a source of admiration for Jews worldwide.  

Today, this natural affinity is being challenged. When Jewish children hear about Israel in the press, they often receive negative images of an uncompromising oppressor and a violator of human rights. 

Many Jewish schools now realize that they have the responsibility to teach Zionism, to understand its challenges, and to discover the beauty that is Israel.  

Yet, how can a school find the time in an already overcrowded curriculum?

"Israel Throughout the Year", a new and innovative curriculum developed by The Lookstein Center, responds to these needs. Structured around the themes of Asara BeTevet, Tu BiShvat, Yom Ha'Atzmaut, and Yom Yerushalayim, it provides four comprehensive lessons for each of these dates for students in grades 1-8. Together they bring the miracle of Israel to life in a manner that fits comfortably in any Jewish school program. The lessons feature diaries, simulations, time-machines, moral dilemmas and debates, all presented in attractively colored booklets.  

With "Israel Throughout the Year" students can share the visions of Herzl, Ben-Yehuda, and Rav Kook, feel the determination of the Chalutzim, take pride in the heroism of the IDF, and experience the rebirth of a people in its ancient homeland.  

For more details contact Yonah Fuld.

Updated: Sep. 03, 2012