Curriculum

Hebrew Through Movement Vocabulary – Level 3

This chart should NOT be shared with students. It is for parents only. With Hebrew through Movement, students learn by HEARING not reading.

Several parents have asked for the HTM vocabulary lists so we will be posting each level on the blog as we introduce it.

HebrewTransliterationTranslation
(הַ)שׁוּלְחָןHa Schulchan(the) table
(הַ)כִסֵּאHa Keesay(the) chair
אֶלElto
עַכְשָיוAch-Shavnow
רַקRakonly
לֹאLono
וְV’and
(הַ)מֹורֶׁהHa Moreh(the) teacher m.
(הַ)מֹורָהHa Morah(the) teacher f.
(הַ)מַדְרִיְךHa Madrich(the) teacher’s assistant m.
(הַ)מַדְרִיכָהHa Madricha(the) teacher’s assistant f.
(הַ)לּוּחַHa Loo-ach(the) board
(הַ)חַלֹוןHa Chalon(the) window
(הָ)רִצְפָהHa Ritzpah(the) floor
Posted by Nora Chaus in Curriculum, Hebrew Through Movement (HTM)

Importance of Home Learning

In our virtual learning model, our home learning assignments are very important. We included home learning in our model so that our students wouldn’t have to spend so much time staring at a screen. The home activities and challenges are primarily analogue with the computer being used only to present the instructions.

The Sunday classes and the home learning together are the equivalent of what we used to do on Sundays. They are designed to complement each other. The Hebrew home learning (grades 3-7) helps prepare the student for their Sunday lesson and the Judaism home learning (grades PreK-7) encourages independent exploration of the concepts introduced on Sunday.

You can expect your student to have one required Hebrew home learning and one required Judaism home learning each week. Please be sure to set aside time each week for your student to complete their home learning.

Posted by Nora Chaus

Sukkat Shalom Lesson 2 Home Learning

Activity instructions for PreK-3

There is a link to this video in the Seesaw Class App. If your student needs help with with this activity, encourage them to drop in to the Lower El Zoom classroom between 4:30-6:30 M-Th.

Sukkat Shalom Lesson 2 Activity

Everything in the activity bag is sorted by weeks 1-5. Please make sure your students keep everything together in their bag so that supplies will be reused throughout the year. A new activity bag will be provided before each 5-week module.

Challenge instructions for grades 4-7

Sukkat Shalom Lesson 2 Challenge

The written challenge instructions are in your student’s blue folder. If your student needs help, encourage them to drop in to the Lower El Zoom classroom between 4:30-6:30 M-Th.

Family Schmooze

The Family Schmooze document for Lesson 2 is in your student’s blue folder. Enjoy the learning together.

Posted by Nora Chaus in At Home Activities & Challenges, Curriculum, Judaism

Hebrew Through Movement Vocabulary – Level 2

This chart should NOT be shared with students. It is for parents only. With Hebrew through Movement, students learn by HEARING not reading.

Several parents have asked for the HTM vocabulary lists so we will be posting each level on the blog as we introduce it.

HebrewTransiterationTranslation
ּכּולָםKoolameveryone
קְבּוּצָה אKavootzah Alephgroup alef
קְבּוּצָה בּKavootzah Betgroup bet
לְאַטLa-atslowly
מַהֵרMa-hayrfaster
בַּמָקוֹםBa-Makominstead of
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Hebrew Through Movement Vocabulary – Level 1

This chart should NOT be shared with students. It is for parents only. With Hebrew through Movement, students learn by HEARING not reading.

Several parents have asked for the HTM vocabulary lists so we will be posting each level on the blog as we introduce it.

HebrewTransliterationEnglish
לָקּוּםLa-koomstand
לָשֶׁבֶׁתLa-shevetsit
לָלֶׁכֶׁתLa-lechetwalk
לַעֲצֹורLa-atzorstop
לָרּוץLarotzrun
לִקְּפֹוץLeekpotzjump
לְהִסְתֹובֵבLa-heestovayvturn

Posted by OKCJS Director in Curriculum, Hebrew Through Movement (HTM)

Sukkat Shalom Lesson 1 Home Learning

Activity instructions for PreK-3

There is a link to this video in the Seesaw Class App. The only help students will need is with the iron that is used to iron on the transfers. There are two transfers for each student. They can iron one onto their bag and decorate it as well. If your student needs help with anything other than ironing, encourage them to drop in to the Lower El Zoom classroom between 4:30-6:30 M-Th.

Everything in the activity bag is sorted by weeks 1-5. Please make sure your students keep everything together in their bag so that supplies will be reused throughout the year. A new activity bag will be provided before each 5-week module.

Activity Instructions for PreK-3

Challenge instructions for grades 4-7

The written challenge instructions are in your student’s blue folder. If your student needs help, encourage them to drop in to the Lower El Zoom classroom between 4:30-6:30 M-Th.

3-7 Challenge

Family Schmooze

The Family Schmooze document for Week 1 is in your student’s blue folder. Enjoy the learning together.

Posted by OKCJS Director in At Home Activities & Challenges, Curriculum, Judaism

Sukkat Shalom

This week we begin the first of five 5-week Judaism modules. In this first module, we will be teaching the Jewish value of סֻכַּת†שָׁלוֹם Sukkat Shalom and the Caregiving Principle of Creating a Feeling of Safety.

The Hebrew phrase, סכֻּתַ†שָׁלוֹם (sukkat shalom), means “shelter of peace,” a place that generates the feeling of safety and protection. It is part of the Hashkiveinu blessing in the evening service, in which we request that God:

וּפְרוֹשׂ†עָלֵינוּ†סֻכַּת†שְׁלוֹמֶ

U’fros aleinu sukkat sh’lomecha.

“Spread over us Your shelter of peace.”

Video Overview for Parents

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More about independent activities and challenges

One of the questions you may have about the activities (grades PreK-3 and weekly challenges (grades 4-7) is will my child do work during the week?

These are developed as activities and challenges, and not work. For instance, consider the final Sukkat Shalom activity for the younger children: children make a bubble solution and try to catch the bubble on their hand (oops, it breaks!). Then they add non-toxic glycerin to the mix, which makes for stronger bubbles that they CAN catch on their hand. We tie that to the idea of a sukkah being fragile – it can break. And our sense of sukkat shalom can break. But just as we have the ability to strengthen normally fragile bubbles, we can find ways to strengthen our sukkat shalom.Are bubble experiments “work?” I don’t think so.

For the older children, in week 4 of Sukkat Shalom, using all that they have considered and created in weeks 1-3, they are challenged to make a sukkat shalom anyway they wish – boxes, legos, Minecraft, recycled materials, old sheets, etc. Might their shelter of peace be a fort, a reading nook, something to wrap themselves in, or ….? And will it be large-scale or small scale? Is that “work” in the traditional sense?

Also, the goal is to offer activities and challenges that children would be drawn to engage in with little parental oversight. Yes, for the youngest children, parents may need to help with materials at times, but there are videos that lead children through the activities step-by-step. We don’t see these at home activities as optional – they are core to the learning. BUT if a child just can’t get it together to do them, parents don’t have to stress out over them. We imagine that by sharing some of the projects that other children post to to online communication app, reluctant learners may realize that they are missing out on some fun!

Posted by OKCJS Director in At Home Activities & Challenges

Judaism – Activity Boxes and Weekly Challenges

Our learning approach will use a hybrid of synchronous and asynchronous learning. The week’s theme will be introduced in a synchronous weekly mifgash (“gathering”) and continue at home asynchronously as children delve into module-related content and concepts with a fair amount of independence from the adults in their lives. Lower elementary age children explore them through a curated box of hands-on activities, while upper elementary learners receive engaging weekly challenges.  

While developed with minimal at-home adult responsibility for learning, resources are offered to encourage informal  family conversations.

Activity Boxes for PreK-3

Weekly Challenges for Grades 4-7

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Hebrew Through Movement

This year in grades PreK-5, we are adding a language acquisition strategy in which students learn Hebrew by hearing and responding to Hebrew commands. 

We introduce Hebrew in a playful and meaningful way, creating a positive first link between children and Hebrew using the latest brain research on learning, providing an aural foundation for Hebrew that opens the door to more facile Hebrew decoding and reading.

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