Hebrew exposure is an integrated part of our K-12 Learning Programs. Beginning in grades K through 2, our educators lead their mifgashim with infused Jewish Life Vocabulary. In Mayim and Mayim Tamid, we use many Hebrew words in our schedule, including T’filah (prayer service) and Kibbud/Hafsaka (snack/recess). Throughout the year, educators integrate holiday names and words, as well as curriculum-specific words, such as words for God in kindergarten and Torah-related words in second grade.
3rd Graders in Mayim and Mayim Tamid sessions include a dedicated Hebrew time within their schedule, where children are introduced to basic modern Hebrew vocabulary, such as short exchanges, classroom words, food items, and nature words. This play-based introduction supports the understanding of Hebrew as both a traditional and modern language, and continues to develop understanding of Hebrew language sounds in preparation for the coming years.
In 4th grade, Hebrew moves outside the Mayim/Mayim Tamid section of the day to a small-group Hebrew session of no more than 6 children. In these sessions, children learn Hebrew letters and vowels and build up their fluency with decoding Hebrew words, including many Jewish life vocabulary words they already know from earlier exposure. Toward the end of the year, children begin learning short prayers that they know through T’filah, such as the Sh’ma.