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The 3 Goals of Hebrew Today


1. Speaking Hebrew: as psychological stimulation to learning language

Didn't you know how to speak English before you learned to read and write? Learning to speak words first gives a context to learning letters. In addition, most of the words taught for speaking fun, are also found in the Siddur or Torah so that students will be able to form some meaning for themselves.

ARTICLE ON FIRST YEAR OF HEBREW TODAY AT OUR SCHOOL

2. Pronouncing (AKA decoding) Hebrew

The reality of American Jewish life is children will have to pronounce big chunks of Hebrew they don't understand for their Bar/Bat-Mitzvah. Pronouncing is taught from the beginning of the curriculum using fun and useful associations to engage students. Built into the weekly lesson is time for teachers to work with individuals on pronouncing new words and phrases. In addition, two assessments per year will allow us to know when students need additional help.

LETTER TO PARENTS ABOUT LETTERS AND VOWELS


3. Meaning of prayers

Prayers are taught both orally, to learn to sing the whole prayer, and as language puzzles, where students learn to extrapolate meaning, even while only knowing a few words.

Hebrew Today is a fully developed program, levels 0-7. Currently the program is running through level 5. Only two more years for full grade level implementation! Please see the following links for the full curriculum and flashcards for parents.

HEBREW TODAY CURRICULUM BY LEVEL

Words-Flashcards for Parents

How to use the flashcards:

Side 1: Glyph or picture to Hebrew-see the glyph or picture, say the Hebrew. Some of the flashcards are "glyphs": they not only show a picture of the meaning, but they also are shaped like the letters

Side 2: Primary exercise: Hebrew to English-create a "sight-word," a word that you truly know the meaning for: see the Hebrew, say the English (talk about the shape of the word and how it relates to the meaning)

Secondary exercise: Hebrew to Hebrew-read the word in Hebrew (you may talk about a letter and the sound it makes)

Side 3: English Translation to Hebrew: see the English, say the Hebrew 

Side 4: Transliteration: to help parents pronounce the Hebrew words

Enjoy and thanks for practicing!

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Mon, February 18 2019 13 Adar I 5779