Tag Archive: Hebrew

Jan 12

But what does it mean?

We looked at a new שורש (shoresh, root) this week, and it happens to also be the foundation of our new theme. The שורש (shoresh, root) is ק.ד.ש (the letters kuf, daled, shin). See how it’s the backbone of the name of our new theme, קדושה (kedusha, holiness; spelled kuf, daled, vav, shin, heh)? So what is ק.ד.ש about? …

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Jan 06

Shoresh detectives


“What pattern of שלוש אותיות (shalosh otiot, three letters) do you see in each of these words? Give a thumbs up when you have an idea.” At first, the fourth graders, who encountered the concept of three-letter שורשים (shorashim, roots) structuring Hebrew words last year, took the lead in identifying and circling the sequence of letters in each word. …

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Nov 16

A Peek at Zeman Ivrit (Hebrew Time)


זמן עברית (Zeman Ivrit–Hebrew time) looks so many different ways in Beit Nitzanim! Sometimes we lie on our בטן (beten–stomach) next to a partner. Other times, we work quietly by ourselves. Sometimes we work on the same challenge for the entire session. Other times we work through all of our choices. [Check out that דף עברית (daf …

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Nov 10

Hebrew Discoveries


  A child was working on learning ברכות השחר (birchot hashachar, “Morning Blessings,” a part of the morning prayer service), when she called me over. “Morah Leah, that word means “night,” right? “Well, the סדור (siddur, prayer book) you’re using includes the translation. What does it say?” “…who allows us to distinguish between day and …

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Nov 04



The new Hebrew month of Cheshvan started on Wednesday! We took an hour to celebrate all of the Hebrew we’ve learned this past month. Children sang through all of the תפילות (tefillot – prayers) they’ve mastered during this past month. We work at our own pace and get to choose which תפילה (tefillah – prayer) we work on next. …

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Sep 22

New routines, new successes


Wait, wait. You’re telling me that in ענפים (Anafim, branches; the 3rd-4th grade group) we all have to read our full set of sounds and words before we get to choose what עברית (ivrit, Hebrew) game to play? And read them perfectly?! Yup! Last year, in Nitzanim, you got to go straight away to choose …

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Jun 03

Now That We Can Read Hebrew…


I asked 3rd – 5th Grade Anafim (“Branches”) what they worked on this year in Hebrew, and they shared this (partial) list: sorting out frequently mixed-up letters, like resh (ר) and dalet (ד) knowing our final letters and vowels super well reading and writing in script conceptual understanding of the root system in Hebrew (lots of verbs are …

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May 25

Hunting for more

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This week we have been filling up our Torah wall! We are all the way down to Ba’midbar (Numbers), which means we’ve heard stories from Bereshit, Shmot, Va’yicrá, and Ba’midbar. Some children consider the Yosef story to be the best!, others really like the Pesach story, or the new donkey story. We have been hunting …

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May 23

Ending the Year Strong


In our last few weeks before summer vacation, Nitzanim is trying to finish the year strong with our Hebrew knowledge. Every child has been working on different Hebrew skills this year. Check out just a few of the ways our Hebrew has grown this year: We can read whole words in Hebrew! We can write the …

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May 18

And the story goes…

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This week we have been reviewing stories from the Torah that we have heard before… months ago! But our nursery and kindergarten children seem to remember like it was yesterday. We started with Bereshit (the beginning), floated with Noah, remembered Yosef (Joseph), and parted the sea with Moshe (Moses). There are so many stories and so …

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