Our Grade 5 students culminated their Medieval Times unit with a beautiful performance of dancing, singing and playing instruments. Through the integration of art, music, language arts, social studies, and Judaic Studies, each student picked a research topic that took place during the Medieval Times, including but not limited to castles, medicine, feudalism, sicknesses and cures, Joan of Arc and more! They presented their projects with physical renderings, a poster, a thesis essay, a story in Jewish Studies about the Spanish Inquisition and a timeline linking the Medieval period to the Spanish Inquisition. All of the projects and papers were created in school, so it was a beautiful presentation and a wonderful surprise for the parents.
At Chicago Jewish Day School, we offer our students more choices — and more responsibilities. Our educational policies and practices are driven by the central question, “What is the effect on students’ interest in learning, their desire to continue reading, thinking, and questioning?” This question helps to determine what students will and won’t be asked to do. Our goal is for each student to leave Chicago Jewish Day School with a passion for learning along with the academic tools they need to be life-long learners. -CJDS Educational Philosophy