One of my greatest challenges as a homeschooler is finding the right Judaic curriculum for my children.
In fact, I’m often asked by people who are interested in homeschooling what “curriculum” we use — and the truth is we aren’t using any official curriculum. We’re pulling together bits and pieces, consulting with Jewish educators that we know and respect, and hoping for the best!
What makes limudei kodesh particularly challenging is that on top of an already packed schedule, I don’t really have the skills or background to teach it well once my kids are past about 2nd or 3rd grade. So that means we have to rely on tutors to help our kids to learn the material they need to know.
That’s why I’m so excited about the growing number of online resources for Jewish studies — they are perfect for homeschoolers, after-schoolers and anyone who needs a bit more reinforcement with their school-age children.
One of those resources is the Jewish Online School, which offers online classrooms where students get together a few times a week with phenomenal teachers to learn and create Jewish friends from all over the world.
There are four different schools under one “roof” at the Jewish Online School.
#1. The Day School
Students have the option to attend school twice a week or four times a week. Classes run throughout the day and evening for the convenience of all families everywhere. The students learn Kriah, Chumash, Navi, Parshah, Dvar Torah, Ivrit, Yediot Kloliot and Yomim Tovim.
#2. The Hebrew School
Students attend school once a week to learn about their Jewish heritage. Teachers teach about Shabbat, Israel, Brachot, Kashrut, Jewish History, and upcoming holidays. The subjects are taught in a very fun and interactive way with arts and crafts and other activities.
#3. Conversational Hebrew Classes
Native Israelis teach this class. They teach students how to speak Hebrew and about modern Israeli culture and heritage.
#4. Bar Mitzvah Lessons Online
This is a fun and exciting way to prepare for your child’s big day, ideal for students who live in remote communities, without access to in-person tutors and rabbis. Student learn once a week one-on-one with their own teacher. No previous Hebrew school required. Families pick a time that works for them — all time zones can be accommodated.
The Jewish Online School offers a free trial of any of their classes, if you want to get a better feel for what they have to offer — and whether it’s right for your family. Fees for the Online School vary depending on the class you enroll in, but military families receive a 22% discount on all their classes.
This is a sponsored post on behalf of the Jewish Online School. All opinions are my own. For more information, please see my Disclosure Statement.