The following is the Foreword from the curriculum guide that I’m currently working on, just to give you an idea of what it will contain. I’d love feedback! Please let me know if there is anything else you’d like to see included.
Welcome to the Ani Ve-ami Curriculum! This guide will help you navigate the curriculum and customize it to best fit your family’s needs.
This guide covers:
– Jewish history
– Jewish literature
– Jewish music
– Jewish art
– Jewish poetry
Additional materials needed:
– notebook (for each child)
– drawing paper
– pens, pencils, crayons
– Tanach (Hebrew, English, or both)
– A Treasury of Aggadah on the Torah (4 volume set) and A Treasury of Aggadah on Nach (4 volume set) OR Little Midrash Says on the Parsha (5 volume set) and Family Midrash Says (7 volume set)
– The Prisoner and Other Tales of Faith by Salomon Alter Halpern (published by Feldheim)
To complete the curriculum, you will need:
– Ani Ve-ami Jewish Year Guide
– Ani Ve-ami Weekly Parsha Guide
– Ani Ve-ami Secular History and Literature Guide: Early Ancient
– a math curriculum of your choice (see ani-ve-ami.com for recommendations)
– a science curriculum of your choice (see ani-ve-ami.com for recommendations)
– a Hebrew language curriculum of your choice, as well as textual study resources, if desired (see ani-ve-ami.com for recommendations)
A list of books for (optional) additional reading, as well as a list of recommended music and art, can be found in Appendix A.
This guide breaks up the school year into ten month-long units. While most homeschoolers will begin using this curriculum in September, some families might structure their school year differently, or might begin Ani Ve-ami mid-year. For this reason, the months are numbered, but not named. It is up to each family to decide how the monthly breakdown corresponds to their own schedule.
In addition, some families may choose to go through the curriculum at a quicker pace, while others may find it more effective to slow down and spend more than a month on each unit. Perhaps your children are especially interested in a specific unit, or perhaps, you have a child with special needs who takes longer to absorb the material, or perhaps your family loves to travel or is otherwise too busy to fit everything in this guide into a tight schedule. That’s perfectly fine. There is no right or wrong here. This curriculum is meant to be adjusted for your family’s unique needs.
This guide is intended for the whole family. The guidelines below describe how to use it for multiple children of different ages. Each child will be working on their own level, while at the same time participating in relevant family activities.
For each monthly unit, this guide offers a brief summary, as well as recommended reading and, sometimes, additional reading. The additional reading will sometimes take longer and overlap with the next monthly unit. Don’t worry — some months don’t have additional reading, and you won’t fall behind.
If your children are young, you might want to omit the additional reading. If you have both older and younger children, you might use the recommended reading as a read aloud for the whole family and the additional reading as independent reading for your older children. If all your children are older, you can use both recommended and additional reading as read alouds, or you might assign some of either recommended or additional reading to your children to read independently. Feel free to experiment and see what works best for your family.
The monthly units also introduce your children to Jewish art, music, and poetry, with selections for each month that are relevant to the time period, either in content or because it was produced in that time period.
Each monthly unit contains three or four weekly units. Each weekly unit is based on a short story or a passage from the Tanach. In the beginning of the week, you can read the story or passage aloud to your children. In the following days, each of your children will do narration and copy work or dictation on the story or passage.
Depending on the age of the child, narration could be oral, pictorial, or written. For more on narration, see the How It Works section of the Ani Ve-ami website.
Each weekly unit contains a paragraph for copy work or dictation and a grammar exercise based on that paragraph. A younger child should only copy a sentence or two. An older child should copy the whole paragraph and do the grammar exercise that accompanies it. For more on copy work and dictation, see the How It Works section of the Ani Ve-ami website.
Some weekly units also contain maps and directions for map work. We recommend that you make a copy of the map for each of your children and let them do the map work on their own level, with your help if necessary.