Our Hebrew program, Tal Am, is based on the notion that the best learning environment for children is one in which knowledge is acquired through a variety of activities, using each of the five senses. In addition to studying from textbooks, students use music, games, and visual aids to acquire Hebrew proficiency. By the end of first grade, students should be able to:
- identify letters and vowels in print and script, and decode words of multiple syllables
- read and comprehend sentences of up to three words using vocabulary learned in class
- write sentences of three to four words using various parts of speech
- begin to follow basic classroom instructions and stories in Hebrew
- participate orally in classroom conversations with structure and guidance
The Hebrew program begins shifting some of its focus towards written communication, and the rudiments of reading and writing are taught. Using games, skits, books, stories, songs, puzzles, brainstorming sessions, and worksheets, the children review and continue to build their vocabulary and knowledge of basic grammar, language patterns, and sentence structure. Daily routines and parts of morning the meeting are conducted in Hebrew, as are selected art and math activities.
Key goals for first grade include understanding and using standard and routine phrases, singular and plural forms, masculine and feminine forms, vocabulary building with particular emphasis on verbs, and reading and writing all letters and vowel sounds.