• how the land has influenced our history and culture, and how it continues to affect our daily lives. They learn about the state and the nation, develop map-reading and mapping skills to learn more about cities, states, nations, continents, and ocean bodies. They also learn about Native Americans and their respect for nature and, related to that, discuss the use of natural resources and how certain environmental problems may be solved.
  • Grade 5-8 students gain a basic understanding of world and American history, focusing primarily on cultural, economic, political, and social changes.
  • Fifth-graders study America's history from its discovery to the Industrial Revolution.
  • Grade 6 students continue their study of American history.
  • In a two-year cycle, Grade 7 students study world geography, followed by American government in Grade 8.

Judaic Studies

From their very first says at PHDS, children learn about things that really matter – not just the difference between “cat” and “car,” but also the difference between right and wrong. They learn the importance of timeless Jewish values – kindness, morality, civility, and respect. Respect for their peers and fellow citizens. Respect for elders and teachers. Respect for their parents and their family's values. (These important lessons permeate our Judaic studies classes but aren't confined to them; they're woven into our general studies as well.)

This knowledge transcends the value of an education that's strong on secular academics alone. For while academic learning helps a person become successful at earning a livelihood, it's Jewish ethical and moral values which make that person successful at living a life.

Hebrew Language (Ivrit)

Providence Hebrew Day School, follows a unique dual approach to language instruction, focusing on both modern Hebrew (Ivrit) and the skills needed to interpret Biblical Hebrew's prefixes and suffixes. This technique concentrates not only on spelling and grammar, but also on enabling our students to converse, write, and comprehend in Hebrew. The school believes that studying Ivrit maximizes Torah learning. Using not only textbooks and workbooks, but also songs, games, tapes and art helps students achieve their instructional goals in a fun-filled and meaningful way.

  • Grade 1-5 students learn conversational Ivrit for two periods each week and Hebrew grammar for two periods.
  • Grade 6-8 students learn Ivrit for a total of three periods per week.

Hebrew Reading and Writing

  • Kindergarten students devote some time to each letter of the Alef-Bais, learning each letter's shape and sound, as well as a list of words that begin with it. Special attention is devoted to letters that look similar or make the same sound. Songs, games, bulletin board displays, and folders (with activity and coloring pages) make learning each letter fun.
  • Using a series of textbooks and workbooks and learning with a partner (Chavrusa), Grade 1 students begin to read and write Hebrew.
  • Students in Grades 1-5 receive Hebrew reading homework each night to improve their reading skills. Hebrew reading tests are administered quarterly. Resource time is devoted to helping those students in Grades 1-5 who are struggling with Hebrew reading skills.
  • In the older grades, reading practice is an important aspect of all Judaic Studies subjects.

Tanach (Bible)

One of the primary goals of the Judaic Studies program is for students to internalize the teachings of the Torah. Skills necessary for the students to live as Torah Jews are integral parts of all teachers' daily lessons.

  • Students in all grades review the weekly Torah portion (Parshas Hashavua) through animated discussions, question sets, worksheets, and/or arts and crafts.
  • From mid-year of Grade 1 on, students study Chumash (The Five Books of Moses) using the actual Biblical text. Their focus is on breaking