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YHT: The Place to Be - Middot Curriculum

At Yeshiva Har Torah, Derech Eretz Kadma L’Torah. Our awesome responsibility of teaching middot (character traits) to our students is central to their growth. Students and teachers in Grades 1-4 make YHT “the place to be” through our middot and character building program. YHT: The Place to Be is implemented through a team of teachers who meet regularly to create programming and classroom experiences focusing specifically on middot. Every month we learn about a specific middah through a lesson in Jewish Studies classes, and a book of the month and reading response in General Studies classes. Middot we have studied, such as gratefulness and respect, are integrated into school-wide activities and classroom lessons. Elementary school students meet once a month at an assembly to participate in a special performance by one of our classes about the middah of the month. Students are encouraged, through positive reinforcement, to become conscientious community members, feeling a sense of achriut (responsibility) towards their school, peers, and themselves.

This year the entire year will be focusing on kavod, honor. We're calling it "iHonor." Each month we will highlight different things we honor, from parents to friends to the environment. In addition to the regular middot programming described above, there will be a book of the month for in-classroom reading and discussion.  Parents can participate by sponsoring the book of the month, or by volunteering to come in to read with the class.  In addition, questions to discuss on Shabbat about the current iHonor will be posted on Friday afternoons on the school's Facebook page.
Check back here regularly for updates on the coming months' middot:

Middah: Kavod - Why do we honor?  How do we honor?
Book: What if Everybody Did That? by Ellen Javernick

Middah: iHonor myself (כבוד עצמי) - How do I honor myself? By being בצלם אלקים.
Book: Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon by Patty Loveall
Middah: iHonor my teachers (כבוד מורים) - How can I honor my teachers? What gifts have they given me?
Book: Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard
iHonor all people (כבוד הבריות) - How do I honor people who are very different than me?
Book: The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson


iHonor food (כבוד אוכל) - How do I honor food? Why do I honor food?
Book: How Did That Get In My Lunchbox? The Story of Food by Chris Butterworth
iHonor my friends כבוד חברים)) - What makes a good friend? How can I be a good friend?
Book: Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
iHonor my parents (כבוד הורים) - What do my parents do for me? How can I honor them? V’hegadita l’vincha – what have my parents passed on to me?
Book: Look What My Parents Give Me! by Sara Ginsburg
iHonor my elders (כבוד זקנים) - What can I learn from people who are older? How can I honor them?                                 

Book: Big Moon Tortilla by Joy Cowley

iHonor the environment (כבוד עולם) - How do I honor the world that we share and a gift from Hashem?

Book: Go Green! by Paul Reynolds

Download this week's iHonor Shabbat Table Talk below.