Our literacy philosophy at KJDS is based on the Four-Blocks Literacy Model, which is a multilevel, balanced literacy framework that incorporates four different approaches each day to teach children how to become better readers, writers, and spellers.  The four blocks are:  Guided Reading, Self-Selected Reading, Writing, and Working with Words.  To support our writing block, we have adopted the Lucy Calkins Writer’s Workshop model which

 During Guided Reading, you will see:

-Exposure to a variety of texts
-Predicting, connecting and questioning
-Identifying main idea, theme, and/or moral
-Considering author’s purpose
-Analysis of text features
-Text-based discussions
-Students working in small groups

 During Self-Selected Reading, you will see:

-Readers choose a variety of levels and genres
-Excitement about reading
-Summarizing and sharing
-Book talks

 During Words Their  Way, you will see:

-Investigation into word and sound patterns
-Individualized word lists
-Focus on understanding word patterns instead of memorizing

 During Writer’s Workshop, you will see:

-Student voice and choice
-Writing purposefully for a specific audience
-Mini lessons focused on specific skills
-Revising and editing multiple drafts
-Teacher and peer conferences
-Investigation of mentor texts
-Learning to read like a writer
-Individualized learning
-Publishing, sharing, and celebrating


KJDS use Singapore Math to guide learning in mathematics.  This curriculum focuses on developing students who are problem solvers, and all concepts are taught to mastery. 

During Math groups you will see:

-Use of manipulatives
-Drawing models
-Multiple strategies
-Deep practice in Math fundamentals
-Step by step problem solving
-Challenging questions
-Application of concepts to real world scenarios
-Students sharing their thinking


Our Science curriculum is driven by the Next Generation Science Standards

“These standards give local educators the flexibility to design classroom learning experiences that stimulate students’ interests in science and prepares them for college, careers, and citizenship.”

 During Science class you will see:

-Spiraled learning that deepens each year
-Forming questions
-The scientific method
-The engineering design process
-Hands-on experiences
-Data analysis
-Making real world connections
-Reflection on learning
-Guest speakers

  Social Studies

Social studies at KJDS begins with the “self” and moves outward in concentric circles through family, school, neighborhood, city, state, country, and world.  Our curriculum is based on the TN Ready standards for Social Studies, and our teachers intentionally guide students to think about humans’ relationships with their environments and with each other.

 During Social Studies class you will see:

-Text analysis
-Organizing and prioritizing information
-Supporting ideas with evidence
-Comparing points of view
-Making personal connections to history
-Analysis of historical patterns
-Celebration of cultures
-Map making and interpretation


Our Hebrew curriculum is built using the Proficiency Approach for Hebrew. The "Proficiency Approach" places the learner at the center and sets itself the goal of enhancing the personal ability of every learner to function in the Hebrew language. Language learners listen, speak read and write in Hebrew. Students communicate meaningfully, effectively and creatively for real-life purposes.

During Hebrew class, you will see:
-Students in first grade and up spoken to and responding in Hebrew.
-Simulations of real world experiences where students apply their language.
-Learning that builds on acquired vocabulary
-Differentiation for students with varying years of Hebrew learning
-Students applying their vocabulary, as opposed to memorizing lists
-Hebrew conversations around games being played
-Creative means of communication develop
-Students expressing themselves orally and in writing in a second language