Hebrew Curriculum
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We are holding a special Hebrew Bootcamp for all 3rd through 6th grade students from January through March 2024.

The Bootcamp will be held weekly during the L’mala (upstairs) classroom-based educational block. Students will spend an increased amount of time focused on Hebrew with an emphasis on letter and prayer literacy.

Hebrew Curriculum - Primary Pre-K to 2nd Grade

Hebrew Curriculum graphic- PreK

GOAL – Students will be introduced to the concept of the Alef-Bet (Hebrew alphabet) order. Students will learn beginner conversational Hebrew vocabulary including weather vocabulary and articles of clothing. Shabbat and holiday blessings will be practiced.

METHOD –  Students will use hands on and tactile learning tools as well as music to recognize  the order of the Aleph-Bet. Students will use play based language immersion tools to learn appropriate vocab.   Students will have T’filah (prayer) and Shira (music). 

OUTCOME – Students will recognize the order of the Alef-Bet and have a basic understanding of beginner hebrew conversational vocabulary.

Hebrew Curriculum graphic- K

GOAL Students will learn the order of the Alef-Bet (Hebrew alphabet) along with Hebrew letter recognition and beginner phonics. Students will be able to recognize Hebrew numbers 1 through 10 and Hebrew names for people in their family. Shabbat and holiday blessings will be practiced.

METHOD – Students will learn through a combination of hands-on tactile learning and the Let’s Discover the Alef Bet series through Berman House.  Students will have T’filah (prayer) and Shira (music). 

OUTCOME – Students are able to recognize order of the Alef-Bet as well as phonetics of each letter.

Hebrew Curriculum graphic- 1st grade

GOAL – Students will review Hebrew letter recognition and phonics and will add vowel sound awareness. Conversational Hebrew vocabulary will include colors and parts of the body. Shabbat and holiday blessings will be practiced.

METHOD – Students will use a game-based hands-on learning strategy to reach these goals.  Students will have T’filah (prayer) and Shira (music). 

OUTCOME – Students will be able to connect Hebrew letters to vowel sounds to change the phonics of the sound.

Hebrew Curriculum graphic- 2nd grade

GOAL – Students will review Hebrew phonics and vowel sound awareness. Students will begin to differentiate differences between reading in Hebrew and English. Students will develop beginner decoding skills and start to combine two to three hebrew sounds together with vowels. Students will increase their conversational Hebrew by learning the days of the week and the objects/people in a classroom in Hebrew. Shabbat and holiday blessings will be practiced.

METHOD – Students will use a game-based hands-on learning strategy to reach these goals.  Students will have T’filah (prayer) and Shira (music). 

OUTCOME –  Students will begin to combine multiple letter sounds with vowels. 

L'mala/L'mata Grades 3-6

Our L’mala (upstairs) classroom-based and L’mata (downstairs) experiential-based programs are designed to complement and supplement each other to meet educational objectives through a multidisciplinary approach.

Hebrew Curriculum graphic- 3rd grade

L’MALA (Upstairs) Classroom-Based Educational Block:

GOAL – Students should be able to decode Hebrew words accurately and with some fluency.  Introduction to reading with vowels and understanding of key Hebrew words.  Shabbat and Holiday blessings will be practiced.

METHOD – Using the Zeman Likro (Time to Read Hebrew) program we will teach easy and common letters and vowel sounds first, look alike letters are taught separately, more complex sounds are taught later on. Each unit has a variety of materials and components of reinforcement. Each lesson culminates with a 10 word evaluation.

OUTCOME – Students will be able to read and understand all Hebrew letter and vowel sounds.

L’MATA (Downstairs) Experiential Educational Block:

GOAL – Service choreography, service structure, prayer meaning, prayer fluency, prayer melodies, contemporary Jewish music.

METHOD – Weekly t’filah (prayer service) with inclusion of Friday evening and Saturday morning prayers, weekly repetition of prayer structure, weekly inclusion of and conversations around prayer meaning, exposure to a variety of different melodies for each prayer, inclusion of holiday music, individual grade leading portion of the t’filah to practice and promote prayer fluency

OUTCOME – Exposure to prayers of the Friday evening and Saturday morning services. Students learn the mechanics of chanting and understanding the prayers, and also engage on a thematic and personal level. Using traditional text, we inspire and celebrate individuality and promote being part of and connecting to a supportive community.

Hebrew Curriculum graphic- 4th grade

L’MALA (Upstairs) Classroom-Based Educational Block

GOAL – Students should be able to read/recite prayers that are connected to Jewish home rituals such as the Shema, Shabbat and holiday blessings.

METHOD – Using the Kol Yisrael series of textbooks, 4th grade begins with level 1. Using kid friendly language to explore the meaning of and reasons behind prayer-so students understand the words they are saying and why we pray. Through repetition of reading, games,and flashcards this series can appeal to different learning styles.

OUTCOME –
Students will understand the difference between an everyday blessing versus a blessing that is also a commandment or mitzvah. 

L’MATA (Downstairs) Experiential Educational Block:

GOAL – Service choreography, service structure, prayer meaning, prayer fluency, prayer melodies, contemporary Jewish music

METHOD – Weekly t’filah (prayer service)  with inclusion of Friday evening and Saturday morning prayers, weekly repetition of prayer structure, weekly inclusion of and conversations around prayer meaning, exposure to a variety of different melodies for each prayer, inclusion of holiday music, individual grade leading portion of the t’filah to practice and promote prayer fluency

OUTCOME – Exposure to prayers of the Friday evening and Saturday morning services. Students learn the mechanics of chanting and understanding the prayers, and also engage on a thematic and personal level. Using traditional text, we inspire and celebrate individuality and promote being part of and connecting to a supportive community.

Hebrew Curriculum graphic- 5th grade

L’MALA (Upstairs) Classroom-Based Educational Block:

GOAL – Students should be able to recite prayers associated with a Friday evening Shabbat service

METHOD –
Using our siddur (Mishkan Tefilah) and the Kol Yisrael series of textbooks, 5th grade begins with level 2. Using kid friendly language to explore the meaning of and reasons behind prayer-so students understand the words they are saying and why we pray.  Through repetition of reading, games and flashcards, this series can appeal to different learning styles.  Complimentary online tutoring is available for 5th grade students for additional support.  Friday night Shabbat service prayers are available online for students to practice (Contact Lisa Goodman for password).

OUTCOME –
Students will understand the structure of and be able to help lead the congregation in a Friday evening Shabbat service

L’MATA (Downstairs) Experiential Educational Block:

GOAL – Service choreography, service structure, prayer meaning, prayer fluency, prayer melodies, contemporary Jewish music.

METHOD – Weekly t’filah (prayer service)  with inclusion of Friday evening and Saturday morning prayers, weekly repetition of prayer structure, weekly inclusion of and conversations around prayer meaning, exposure to a variety of different melodies for each prayer, inclusion of holiday music, individual grade leading portion of the t’filah to practice and promote prayer fluency

OUTCOME – Exposure to prayers of the Friday evening and Saturday morning services. Students learn the mechanics of chanting and understanding the prayers, and also engage on a thematic and personal level. Using traditional text, we inspire and celebrate individuality and promote being part of and connecting to a supportive community.

Hebrew Curriculum graphic- 6th grade

L’MALA (Upstairs) Classroom-Based Educational Block:

GOAL – Fluent prayer reading with comprehension and familiarity of a Torah service.

METHOD – Using our siddur (Mishkan Tefilah) and the Kol Yisrael series of textbooks, 6th grade advances to Level 3, through seven units that teach the meaning of each prayer, its background, and how it helps us live according to Jewish values.  These prayers are also taught as a bridge to our B’nei Mitzvah course of study. Complimentary online tutoring is available for 6th grade students for additional support.  Friday night Torah service prayers are available online for students to practice (Contact Lisa Goodman for password).

OUTCOME – Students will understand the structure of and help lead the congregation in a Shabbat/Torah service.

L’MATA (Downstairs) Experiential Educational Block:

GOAL – Service choreography, service structure, prayer meaning, prayer fluency, prayer melodies, contemporary Jewish music

METHOD – Weekly t’filah (prayer service) with inclusion of Friday evening and Saturday morning prayers, weekly repetition of prayer structure, weekly inclusion of and conversations around prayer meaning, exposure to a variety of different melodies for each prayer, inclusion of holiday music, individual grade leading portion of the t’filah to practice and promote prayer fluency

OUTCOME – Exposure to prayers of the Friday evening and Saturday morning services. Students learn the mechanics of chanting and understanding the prayers, and also engage on a thematic and personal level. Using traditional text, we inspire and celebrate individuality and promote being part of and connecting to a supportive community.