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Feb 02

A New Kind of Ivrit in Nitzanim!

Have you heard? When we came back from winter break, Nitzanimers had a new space AND a new way to do Ivrit. After a month of trying out our new strategy we can say with confidence that our new plan has been a HUGE success for מורות (morot—teachers) and children.

A first grader sorts and matches sight words.

A first grader sorts and matches sight words.

Here’s how it works: Each week, children find a grid in their מחברת (machberet—journal) that tells them which פעולות (pe’ulot—activities) to complete each week. Each פעולה (pe’ulah—activity) corresponds to a different set of materials on our shelves marked with a חיה (chaya—animal). (So we’re learning animal names too!)  פעולות (pe’ulot—activities) are designed to be a fun way to practice Ivrit skills with friends. One פעולה (pe’ulah—activity) each week is a check-in with a morah and another פעולה (pe’ulah—activity) is using the iPad to practice sight words or writing skills. Other פעולות (pe’ulot—activities) might use our Hebrew bananagram tiles, whiteboards, flashcards, and more! Children can choose the פעולות (pe’ulot—activities) on their grid and work with a friend to complete them.

Two first graders practice digital flashcards on the iPad.

Two first graders practice digital flashcards on the iPad.

Here are some of our favorite pe’ulot so far:

  • A checkers piece is marked on each side with two of the vowels that we’re practicing. Children pick a bananagram from a pile, flip the coin, and identify the sound that their consonant+vowel combination makes. Then they practice writing the letter in their מחברת(machberet—journal).
A first grader completes the bananagram and vowels activity.

A first grader completes the bananagram and vowels activity.

  • Go דג (dag—fish). Go Fish! Get it? We’ve been playing with a set of letters that are the hardest for us to remember.
  • A second grader plays Go דג (dag—fish).

    A second grader plays Go דג (dag—fish).

    • Flashcard bang: Flashcards with all of the letters are put in a bucket along with a few cards that say, “Bang!” Children take turns pulling flashcards out of the bucket and saying the name of the letter aloud (this is our #1 rule for flashcard bang). If a child draws a “Bang!” card, all of his or her letter cards go back into the bucket.

    We can’t rave enough about our new Ivrit! This system provides more structured opportunities for children to practice skills in a fun way, allows for differentiation of content, and allows the morah to meet with individual children on a weekly basis. We’ve seen a lot of learning and a lot of fun so far, and we can’t wait to see how much children will grow in their Ivrit this year.

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