Ages six to ten/Elementary

The Elementary years are a child’s first introduction to formal education. Hopefully they will teach him that learning is fun and not a drudgery. However, you cannot simply dress learning up to make it “look” fun.

He must discover for himself the joy of building new relationships with new plants, animals, events, ideas, etc. His education should include not just reading, writing, and arithmetic. It should include Judaic Studies, Hebrew, Literature, History, Science, Geography, Art, Music, etc. This is the time that the student discovers just how many marvelous things there are to learn!

This is also not a time to focus on formal writing. Handwriting, yes. But instead of developing skills in written expression, it is first important to improve skills in oral expression as these will set the stage for studies in written expression. After all, until a child can read fluently, what would be the point of writing? Children develop in a sequential order, one step at a time. Skipping steps robs students of the opportunity to appreciate the lessons that are specifically suited to this unique stage of development!

For more information on how you can plan your student’s education at this specific stage of development, see our Ani VeAmi Your Way Curriculum Guides available both for Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary.

Books

Sofer: The Story of a Torah Scroll by Dr. Eric Ray

My Favorite Jewish Bedtime Stories by Rabbi Yosef Goldstein

Collectors Edition Muchnik Classics – 6 Vol. set (Michoel Muchnik Children’s)

One Word Too Many: Stories for Kids About the Life Changing Impact of Words by Elisheva Amar

Adventures of Binnie the Bear by Ruth Finkelstein

All Kinds of Kids by Yaffa Ganz

Animals Speak – Stories That Help Children Share Their Feelings by Chaim Walder and Avi Weinroth

Stories Straight From Avi’s Heart by Ahuva Raanan and Chaim Walder

Stories Straight from Mommy’s Heart by Ahuva Raanan and Chaim Walder

Videos

Let’s Write A Torah

Torah Live offers video courses on many Jewish topics.

Chabad.org offers many educational materials for all ages.

Megillah for Children

Artscroll Childrens Megillah

Purim Shpiel by Gadi Pollack

The Illuminated Megillah by Rabbi Yonah Weinrib

Elementary

Purim With Bina, Benny and Chaggai Hayonah by Yaffa Ganz

Complete Story of Purim by Nissan Mindel

CapIt Learning offers a Hebrew reading curriculum. To purchase the homeschool version, please email them directly at sales@capitlearning.com.

Ani Koreh offers a Hebrew reading curriculum with beginning readers in Hebrew.

Kesiva is a Hebrew handwriting workbook.

Handwriting Without Tears also offers a Hebrew script workbook.

Little Pim offers an introductory course to Modern Hebrew for kids ages 0-6. This is the younger version of Mango Languages (see below).

Mango Languages offers courses in both Biblical and Modern Hebrew. A comprehension of Hebrew letters is necessary before starting the course. Good for ages 6+. The courses focus on speaking, reading, and grammar. Many libraries offer a free membership for the service. They also offer a homeschool option where you can pay one price for all your students.

Duolingo is an app that teaches Modern Hebrew.

Migdalor offers both Biblical and Modern Hebrew resources for all ages.

My Hebrew Books offers Modern Hebrew resources for all ages.

If you’re not familiar with trope, a nice introduction can be found on the Wikipedia page on Cantillation.

Trope taamim — brief explanation of cantillation marks and their pronunciation.

Interactive Torah reading trainer at chabad.org — teaches the basics of trope.

Daf Yomi Review Torah readings provides recordings of Torah, haftorah, psalms, and other traditional texts in Ashkenazic, Sephardic, Chassidic, and Yemenite styles.

Note: Begin at the level that is most comfortable for your child. As your child progresses, he or she will be able to move on to the next level of Hebrew.

Tanach

No Hebrew Required:
The Little Midrash Says series (review)
The Family Midrash Says series (review)
Select a Beginning Hebrew Curriculum

Minimal Hebrew:
Bright Beginnings Chumash Workbook Part 1 and Part 2
Lashon Hatorah
Lehavin U’lehaskil
Torah4Children
Key to Torah
P’tach Chumash and Hebrew materials (especially The Dikduk Difference)

Basic Biblical Hebrew skills:
Tools For Torah Chumash workbooks (review)
Torah Skills Chumash with Rashi workbooks

Intermediate Biblical Hebrew skills:
Navi curriculum from Migdalor

Curriculums

Hooked On Phonics: Learn to Read K-2nd Grade Deluxe Edition — a traditional approach to reading

CapIt Learning — works amazingly well for all children, including those with dyslexia and other learning disabilities

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons — book breaks down teaching reading into basic easy steps that works well for traditional learners.

Project Read (the manual is sufficient) — a curriculum specifically recommended for those with dyslexia but also works well for all learners

Books

Early Reader Booklist — a list of books for early readers that our children have enjoyed

Handwriting

Handwriting Without Tears — recommended by occupational therapists; works for all children, including those with developmental delays

Grammar, Punctuation, and Spelling

Grammar-Land: Grammar in Fun for the Children of Schoolroom-Shire by M. L. Nesbitt — engaging book that explains grammar in a narrative style

Simply Grammar: An Illustrated Primer by Karen Andreola — a Charlotte Mason grammar workbook for upper elementary/middle grades

KISS Grammar — a free resource that seems to work well for dysgraphic and dyslexic students

Winston Grammar — an excellent choice for dysgraphic and dyslexic students

Stylized Writing

Brave Writer

Life of Fred is a literature-based math curriculum that covers elementary through college level math. The books are engaging and humorous. (Note: they are written from a Christian perspective, with occasional religious references, which can be skipped when reading aloud.)

Beast Academy is a comic book style math curriculum for elementary age mathematically inclined children. Engaging and fun, and includes challenging problems.

Miquon is a hands on math curriculum for elementary ages, great for very spacial children.

Rays for Today is an elementary curriculum that appeals to the more verbal and sequential children.

Singapore Math is a popular elementary curriculum that lends itself well to self-study.

Math Mammoth is another popular self-study curriculum.

Right Start is an elementary and middle grades curriculum which includes a large hands on component.

Math U See is another hands on approach which covers elementary through high school and includes DVDs with thorough explanations of the material (be aware that MathUSee has extra Bible songs on some of their DVDs).

Khan Academy offers online instructional videos on many math topics for elementary through high school age.

Hands On Equations offers manipulatives, manuals, and apps that help elementary age children develop an understanding of fractions and equations.

Full Curricula

Sassafras Science Adventures — K-6 literature-based science curriculum.

Elemental Science — K-8 homeschool science curriculum.

Lyrical Learning — music-based science curriculum for middle grades.

Ellen McHenry — science materials for grades 3-10

Science Living Books

The Way Science Works by Robin Kerrod and Dr. Sharon Ann Holgate

Life in a Bucket of Soil (Dover Children’s Science Books) by Alvin and Virginia Silverstein

A World in a Drop of Water: Exploring with a Microscope (Dover Children’s Science Books) by Alvin and Virginia Silverstein

The Way Things Work Now by David Macaulay

Clara Dillingham Pierson’s Complete Among the People Series

Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

Let’s Read and Find Out Science

Butterfly House by Eve Bunting

My First Field Guide: Looking at Rocks

My First Field Guide: Looking at Trees and Leaves

My First Field Guide: Looking at the Sky

One Small Square: Woods by Donald M. Silver and Patricia Wynne

One Small Square: Backyard by Donald M. Silver and Patricia Wynne

One Small Square: Seashore by Donald M. Silver and Patricia Wynne

One Small Square: Pond by Donald M. Silver and Patricia Wynne

One Small Square: Coral Reef by Donald M. Silver and Patricia Wynne

One Small Square: The Night Sky by Donald M. Silver and Patricia Wynne

One Small Square: Cactus Desert by Donald M. Silver and Patricia Wynne

One Small Square: Tropical Rain Forest by Donald M. Silver and Patricia Wynne

One Small Square: Swamp by Donald M. Silver and Patricia Wynne

One Small Square: Arctic Tundra by Donald M. Silver and Patricia Wynne

One Small Square: Cave by Donald M. Silver and Patricia Wynne

One Small Square: African Savanna by Donald M. Silver and Patricia Wynne

Magic School Bus books

Calligraphy

Fun and Friendly Calligraphy for Kids by Virginia Lucas Hart

Calligraphy Multi-Color Set – very thin specialized markers for calligraphy

Cooking

Mom and Me Cookbook by Annabel Karmel

Cook Me a Story by Bryan Kozlowski

Cook Me a Rhyme by Bryan Kozlowski

The International Cookbook for Kids by Matthew Locricchio

A Smart Girl’s Guide: Cooking by Patricia Daniels and Darcie Johnston

Curious Chef Knife Set – ideal for cooking with young children. Knife set keeps hands safe, but lets kids cut for themselves. Recommended for ages 5+.

Curious Chef Collection – everything you’ve ever wanted to cook with in kid form. This set includes knives, spatulas, measuring cups, etc. Significantly more than the knife set, but may be nice for young cooking enthusiasts. Recommended for ages 5+.

Gardening

Gardening Projects for Kids by Jenny Hendy

Square Foot Gardening with Kids by Mel Bartholomew

Garden Tool Set – smaller version of a trowel, a rake, and a shovel. Ideal for little hands and quite functional.

Leathercraft

Leather Stamping Kit – introductory kit for kids

Woodcarving

Carving for Kids by Robin Edward Trudel

Cutting Knife

Carving Tool Set

Safety Gloves