Tag Archive: Hebrew

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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Apr 21

Chag Sameach! Happy Passover!

This week in Shorashim/Shteelim (Nursery/Kindergarten), we got super ready for the upcoming holiday of Pesach. It was not enough to learn the Ma Nishtanah and learn the items of the seder plate; this week we went deep into thinking what every food item we eat might mean for the Hebrews who were free after being …

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Apr 07

Ma Nishtanah?

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We have tackled the fundamental parts of the story of פֶּסַח (pesach), but it is time for us to delve into the four questions of the Ma Nishtanah.  The Shorashimers have started learning the song by listening on the iPads and hearing them during Pegisha. While Shteelimers are creating their own charts by writing the most …

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Mar 11

Preparing for Purim!

Making puppets

This week in Shorashim/Shteelim (nursery and kindergarten) we started learning the story of Purim! While reading a kid-friendly Megilat Esther, children were able to discuss the plot and characters, as well as build parts of the story, make puppets of Haman, King Achashverosh, Mordechai, and Queen Esther, and make masks! We learned about the importance …

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Mar 10

What We Do To Unwind

Wow! We have worked hard for seven weeks to explore יוסף (Yosef – Joseph) in the Torah. From wrestling with how brothers could sell another brother into slavery, to feeling renewed determination to stand up for others in tough situations (born out of a heated classroom conversation about whether or not the character of Reuven was brave), we are closing this …

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Feb 25

Yosef in all his colors!


This week we have continued the exploration of יוסף (Yosef) and the kids’ understanding of the story. With the creation of puppets, costumes, and building parts of the story, while thinking about Yosef’s יוסף feelings in Yetzirah. The topics of family, sadness, power, hunger, and emotion have all come up.  A very modern castle for …

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