Beit HaTorah

Phone: (410) 920-2257

Fax: (410) 658-5737

Beit Ha Torah Alternative Education Program and Cooperative BHTAEP/BHTAEP CO-OP

The 2009-2010 school year was a huge success! Thanks to all the families, children and a great group of parent/teachers. We want to let the community know what BHTAEP has been doing.

Our cooperative is available for children PreK – 12 grade, we meet every other Friday morning from 9am – 12pm in the Conference Room, at BHT Messianic Synagogue. We conduct 3, 1-hour blocks of instruction including Physical Education, Writing and Science. Classes change each year dependent upon Teacher/Student needs. The teacher/parents share the teaching responsibilities. We also meet on Mondays in the fall and spring for art classes. We go on occasional field trips and have special events such as celebrating the L-rd's Festivals together, a music recital, school pictures, and field day.

Some of this year's highlights in Science class included dissecting owl pellets. We were all amazed by what we found and by G-d's special provision for these creatures. We studied Alternative Energy sources such as wind, and solar with experiments using solar panels to power lights, fans and other objects. The children enjoyed learning about germs; what they are, how they spread, and how to protect ourselves best from their harmful effects. Would you believe bar soap and more time rubbing your hands beats antibacterial soap and warm water? It is true! The group also participated in many other miscellaneous science experiments.

In art class, the children made their own prints by carving out blocks to then be inked and printed. We also made static cling holiday decorations, wreaths for Mother's Day, hand painted birdhouses and beautiful faux stained glass works of art. The results delighted and amazed us.

In writing class we learned how to write good paragraphs using the hamburger technique: upper bun, three ingredients, and bottom bun. (1. Opening sentence, 2. Three supporting sentences and 3. Closing sentence). Next year we will reinforce and broaden those skills to include writing short stories and book reports, perhaps even a teaching on the Word of Adonai. While the older children worked on paragraphs, the younger ones, assisted by the instructors, learned to brainstorm ideas, build a case, and speak before the group. All the students developed public speaking skills.

Seven of our students and two instructors prepared for the spring music recital on piano, violin, trumpet and vocal music. This event was a great success.

Our final event for the school year was our annual “Field and Fun Day”. A great day it was! A day filled with lots of games, food and fun. This day is also the day we have our Science Fair where the children pick out their favorite science project they had completed during the school year and share it with the other children. Sometimes the children even go outside their curriculum and create their own science project to share. Every year we have a large game where everyone is included like an obstacle course. This year we tried something new. We created a human board game, called it “Home School Land”, a game like Candy Land, and mixed with Chutes & Ladders, but personal to our home school group. What a BLAST!

A great bit “Thanks” goes out to “Creeger's Home Center” & “Creeger's Rental Center” for donating a Castle Moon Bounce for the children on Field & Fun Day. They enjoyed it immensely! We cannot say it enough!

Thank you Mr. Creeger!

Iowa State and SAT testing is available for those interested in having their children tested. This is a great tool to use for the children's transcripts, and seeing how well they have grasped instruction. Even though it is available, it is not a required or mandatory tool.

As a footnote: for the past two years we have received word that when our children prepare to graduate, they may have access to the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship, via the Maryland State Department of Education. This is a real motivator for college bound students.

We are now taking applications for 2010-2011 school year. BHTAEP Co-Op will resume October 22nd, 2010 with writing/public speaking, science, gym and Future Occupational Opportunity classes (Example: police, fire, health care, telecommunication, etc.) There will be a meeting in the beginning of the school year to finalize our schedule. This meeting is necessary for all participants in order to meet the needs of all students.

“Take firm hold of instruction, do not let her go: Keep her for she is thy life!” Proverbs 4:13

“Train a lad in the way he ought to go; He will not swerve from it even in old age.” Proverbs 22:6

For more information about BHTAEP & Co-Op contact

Mrs. Ashira Martin 410-658-9738.
Calendar dates for the remainder of the year 2011 -2012 -      Co-Op  events
Reminder - schedule  end of the year Portfolio Reviews Now:     Contact Ashira Martin
June 11th
Location:  BHT  Synagogue
End of the School Year Picnic
Moving Up & Achievement
Food - check sign up list
Testing Dates TBA -  SAT / IOWA
Upon requests of parents

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