Tag Archive: Hebrew

Jan 10

Celebrating Rosh Chodesh in Anafim v’Alonim

Yesterday was the first day of the Hebrew month of Shevat.  Rosh Chodesh (head of the month) is celebrated on the first day of each new month.  In Anafim v’Alonim (“Branches” for 4th and “Oak Trees” for 5th grade), we bring in the new month by celebrating our accomplishments and recognizing the tefillot (prayers), that …

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Dec 10

Celebration

Can you believe it’s already December? Where has the time gone? It feels like only yesterday that Nitzanim children were starting a new year in a new space with a new morah (teacher). Children have grown and learned so much since September! There’s so much to celebrate! We’re celebrating the way that children tried a Chanukah think-pair-share today …

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Nov 06

New Hebrew Challenges Rock!

There is a flurry of excitement and industriousness in Beit Nitzanim during זמן עברית (Zeman Ivrit–Hebrew time) these days. With so many choices, children can find a way to play that’s just right for them and feel confident about their learning. Here are just a few of our favorite ways to play recently: These two children have …

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Oct 30

Ivrit (Hebrew) Everywhere!

In  שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten), we have been really getting into learning עברית (Ivrit-Hebrew).  Everyday children can be heard singing Aleph-bet, in our classroom, in the hallways and even in the bathroom!   Here are some more examples of ways we are learning עברית (Ivrit-Hebrew): The joy of going on an אות …

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Oct 22

All the Rage

What makes us feel like this?!? Rainbow writing! It’s all the rage in Beit Nitzanim right now. First grade writers are working on meticulously copying the shapes of Hebrew letters both in print and in script. It started with one kiddo who really loves to write and didn’t find any Hebrew games on the shelves …

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Oct 15

Playing with sounds

In Beit Nitzanim, we’ve been playing with the sounds of Hebrew letters and words, listening closely to see what we can hear: “Can you hear the ahh sound in your שם (shem–name)?” “Who has a luh luh ל lamed in their שם (shem–name)?” Children are so ready to show off the Hebrew skills they worked so hard to grow in …

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Sep 19

Magical Moments

Sometimes, I look around Beit Nitzanim (“Buds” for first grade), sigh, and think that something magical has happened. On Monday, when I looked around during זמן עברית (zeman Ivrit–Hebrew time), all eight children were paired, spread around the space, working on different Hebrew challenges. And as magical as it may have felt, it really isn’t magical at all. …

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May 24

The little things

As our final projects for the year draw to a close, I keep noticing the little details: those day-to-day parts of life in our classroom that make all the big, amazing achievements possible. Like… Our כיבוד (kibud– snack) routine, where the whole group joins in reciting the ברכות (berachot– blessings). These ברכות (berachot) then become …

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May 23

Celebrating our Hebrew learning

We have just a few sessions left before we conclude our year, and Beit Nitzanim is abuzz with energy as children hurry to complete their Hebrew mastery challenges. What’s a Hebrew mastery challenge, you might ask? It’s a just-right Hebrew goal, just for me. And when I complete one of my goals, I get to celebrate …

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May 22

Shorashim is Learning to Write Hebrew!

Shorashim (“Roots” for Nursery) has been learning about Hebrew all year, and we are finally starting to get the hang of making the letters ourselves! But just writing the Aleph-bet with a marker is not nearly as exciting as using white-board markers!  With these we can write, wipe it off, then write again!  We got …

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