The goal of the language arts program is for students to exchange ideas effectively through language in the context of the world in which they live. The elements of phonics, spelling, grammar, reading, writing, speaking and listening are taught both as discrete subjects and in conjunction with related skills. The language arts program includes exposure to a wide variety of classical and contemporary literature. A complementary writing program emphasizes the understanding of and appreciation for writing as an on-going means of self-expression and communication.
The mathematics program is centered on two goals: the first is to provide a sound foundation in basic mathematical facts and skills through meaningful practice and reinforcement. The second goal is to provide varied, thought-provoking opportunities for students to apply the mastery of those facts and skills in real-world, problem solving situations. With an emphasis on mathematical reasoning, the entire K-6 curriculum is guided by standards established by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
A primary focus of the social studies program is facilitating an understanding and appreciation of the world. The social studies program involves an interdisciplinary approach linking history, economics, civics, the study of modern and ancient cultures and geography with literature, writing, math, science and the arts. Relevant field trips at each grade level extend learning beyond the classroom.
The science program provides the opportunity to build scientific literacy through a hands-on, inquiry-based approach. Students expand their knowledge of scientific methods and concepts, as well as acquire problem solving and critical thinking skills. A well-equipped lab, integrated classroom studies, outdoor education experiences and a 3rd-6th grade science fair adds to the richness of the program.
Technology plays a significant role in the educational underpinnings and daily lives of our students. We believe thoughtful, engaging lessons, appropriate software and state-of-the-art hardware profoundly affect the way children view and use technology. To that end, laptops for students, a fully equipped technology lab and SMARTBoards, as well as networked computers in all classrooms provide opportunities for global exploration and interaction. Brawerman students are trained in Microsoft's Office Suite, Apple's iLife and iWork Suites, Google's Sketchup, and Google Earth, as well as Lego Mindstorms NXT Robotics Engineering software. Our Director of Academic Technology provides ongoing education and training to faculty and students, guiding the continued development and implementation of our long-range technology plan.
Self-expression through music, drama and visual arts is woven into the curriculum and is a component of the daily classroom experience. Cultivating a wide spectrum of aptitudes in children is important, and our program and faculty reflect that philosophy. Skilled specialists in music, art and dance teach classes at all grade levels. The upper grade orchestra program broadens the musical experience, providing students with the opportunity for ensemble work and performance.
Brawerman's integrated Judaic Studies program nurtures the mind, soul and heart of each student. It is our conviction that Jewish identity, in all its forms, supports the Jewish future.
Students are taught Judaism's moral and ethical roots to prepare them for living lives informed by our rich tradition. Israel, the homeland of the Jewish people, is a central component of the Judaic curriculum.
Hebrew, the ancient holy language of our people and a dynamic modern language, is an important vehicle for communication. Students build on skills acquired through a proficiency approach to language acquisition by conversing, writing and reading in modern Hebrew, as well as reading basic traditional Jewish texts. In addition, studies show that the acquisition of a second language helps in brain development, particularly in the area of mathematics.