The Hebrew Department has been renewed this school year and my heart is warmed to be welcomed into the CTA family again as a faculty member. We also welcomed new faculty members Inbal Hazut, and educator Sh’lichim Ester and Mordechai Bar Asher. All three are experienced teachers from Israel and bring enthusiasm as well as new and fresh ideas to CTA. They join experienced Hebrew staff Irit Karavani, Dror Karavani, Betty Goldish, Malca Makias, Eva Chaykin, and Diana Wolf. It is a pleasure to work with this entire team!
At the very beginning of the year, in addition to regular
HebrewLanguage lessons, the Hebrew Department coordinated a project in each division. In the Lower School, students in grades K-6 answered the question, “What do I wish for myself in the new school year?” Our students wrote their answers in Hebrew on leaves and flowers and posted them to our Etz Mishalot – Wishing Tree, in the main hallway.
In the Upper School we worked on connections and each student answered the question “what is my connection to Israel” and connected their Hebrew answers to each other. Their expressions can be found beautifully displayed on the Upper School bulletin board. Both these projects were also featured in the World Zionist Organization’s newsletter!
Now our classroom themes are focused on a ‘hive of desires’
for a “Motek Shel Shanah”- a sweet year. You are invited to view these projects in the school as well as see pictures of them here.
As I noted earlier, the renewed Hebrew department with fresh eyes, experiences, and ideas is focused on strengthening and growing a Hebrew Language program at CTA which teaches useful, usable language emphasizing basic grammatical concepts at a deep level using a variety of instructional tools. Through significant research and beneficial consultations with other professionals in the field, our team has set goals for the start of the year: READ MORE
Work with modern Hebrew textbooks in all the grades, while adding other materials to reinforce key concepts.
Dedicate several weeks for a thorough review and strengthening of basic Hebrew language skills in all grades.
Integrate the study of Hebrew grammar with the texts that we are using, so that grammar is not a separate class but an integral part of everyday learning and naturally connects to the material covered.
Continue to use texts and materials from the Hebrew newspapers Bereshit and Yanshuf (easy Hebrew for teens and kids) with news from Israel that are relatable to the kids, and enhance their Jewish identity, their connection to the State of Israel and their knowledge of world affairs at an age appropriate level.
In addition, we are committed to meeting the needs of students at many different levels of proficiency. The dedicated staff continues to assist students who need more help, or challenge those who are significantly more advanced. We continue to adjust and re-examine student development each week, while tweaking the materials and the method of instruction. After the holidays, we will start working together on the long-range project of mapping the curriculum and developing a school-wide scope and sequence plan for Hebrew language, which will meet the needs of CTA students.
The entire Hebrew department wishes everyone Shanah Tovah U’metukah, a sweet and wonderful year.