Over 300 students in the 1st and 2nd grades
The Lower School, or Chativa Tzeira, is designed to meet the particular emotional and educational needs of young students. It includes both boys and girls, in separate classes.
Rabbi Yehuda Eisenberg
"We believe that children have tremendous potential to learn, and that our task, as educators, is to maximize our potential to teach them knowledge, skills and values."
Students at the Chativa Tzeira learn Torah intensively using the Barkai method which focuses on reading and understanding the words of the Torah (peshuto shel Mikra).
Under the direction and guidance of founder Rav Dan Be'eri
, the Chativa Tzeira has developed its own materials
for teaching Chumash that give necessary background to
the text, take advantage of children's natural
curiosity and open up young minds through Torah study –
to history, geography, math, botany, zoology, culture,
language and even astronomy. The materials are
presented in small, manageable blocks that are relevant
to the text being learned, and inform and excite the
child without overwhelming him or her. They are
frequently accompanied by experiential activities that
make the acquired knowledge simultaneously more "real"
and more fun.
Studies are enhanced through plays, field trips and
other special activities. The staff's dedication and
responsiveness to children's needs has led to all sorts
of educational innovations, from the Song of the Week
to the development of a special kit designed to
increase the finger dexterity and strength needed for
writing. The school has even printed its own
Our plans for the future include a separate campus for the Mechina and Lower School. On a separate campus, younger children would have their own space to fully explore the worlds of nature, art, numbers, music, reading and, of course, to see how it's all part of Torah. The Young Student Center would include activity rooms, a library, computer facility and a wildlife corner that would encourage children to explore the wide world of learning.
A visit to the Chativa Tzeira is highly recommended, to experience the palpable excitement of children happy to be learning.