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Shalom and welcome to עִבְרִית בִּתְנוּעָה, or “Hebrew through Movement,” a language acquisition strategy in which students learn Hebrew by hearing and responding to Hebrew commands. Hebrew through Movement is an adaptation of James J. Asher’s Total Physical Response (TPR). Hebrew Through Movement is being used in synagogues, day schools, camps, early childhood programs and other settings. HTM does not teach communicative Hebrew, but students can easily move on to other Hebrew forms (as early childhood and day school colleagues will attest). And camps just have a lot of fun!
Hebrew Through Movement introduces Hebrew in a playful and meaningful way, creating a positive first link between children and Hebrew. Hebrew Through Movement (HTM) is supported by the latest brain research on learning, providing an aural foundation for Hebrew that opens the door to more facile Hebrew decoding and reading.
We hope you will enjoy using this program and will be pleased with how happily and productively your children learn.
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Links are on this webpage for the general curriculum guide, the virtual guide and a camp guide. All are a free download. Just click!
SPECIAL: FOR DIRECTORS
SUPPORTING TEENS AS HTM TEACHERS
In the last few years, a number of directors have reported success using teens with Hebrew background as HTM teachers.
We have two resources to share. The first is a 2021 webinar which includes one of the teen teachers.
The second is a 2022 conversation between a group of directors who use teens as teachers. It focuses on professional development and supports.
Nachama Skolnik Moskowitz
HEBREW THROUGH MOVEMENT CURRICULUM GUIDES
NEW This 2023 update of the curriculum guide is for congregational/part-time settings, early childhood and day schools. It has MANY supports not in previous editions. Directors should print it BACK-to-BACK for their teachers. Yes, the entire 198 page document is needed, no matter the age group worked with.
Are you teaching HTM in a virtual environment (Zoom, etc). The guide, below, is for your. It assumes you have been trained in HTM . Make sure to read the introduction carefully. NOTE that this version has 60 pages and is based on the 2018 version of the curriculum. Teachers will want to ask their directors to download and print this version AND the general 2023 update.
In addition, there is a separate Hebrew Through Movement webpage page that includes a quick video overview on teaching HTM virtually, plus sample teaching videos and lots of helpful hints. You'll find it all here!
Just looking for the teaching/observation rubric? Download it from here:
This document is for summer camps. There are 82 pages. As a draft, we welcome your feedback!
WANT TO BE A SKILLED HTM TEACHER?
Thousands of teachers have taken advantage of the JECC's ONLINE LEARNING SEMINAR! Ten hours of interesting, engaging and hands-on learning will provide the basic skills and understandings for YOU to be ready to integrate Hebrew Through Movement. This is asynchronous learning - participants set their own pace, based on their personal schedules.
HTM is a key part of #OnwardHebrew's Sound-to-Print approach to Hebrew learning. For more information: http://OnwardHebrew.org.
jPrayer is a curriculum that integrates teaching prayer for meaning, Hebrew Through Movement and decoding skills. http://JECC-jPrayer.weebly.com.
for prayers and blessings
can be found in PRAYERS & BLESSINGS
A supplies list
can be found on the bottom of the BACKGROUND page
A director says....
"We started using Hebrew Through Movement in our Hebrew School this year and it has TRANSFORMED our school. The children LOVE it and they continue using the words and actions from HTM in their regular classrooms. Parents have told me that the kids are even using the HTM Hebrew at home!!! Last night, a mom asked her son to sit down at the dinner table and he replied, "Lo lashevet!!!" ("don't sit down!"). When the students see the Hebrew Through Movement teacher in the hallways, they immediately ask her, "Are we going to have Hebrew Through Movement today?" The students love getting up and moving around while they are learning. I am going to expand the program into Kindergarten through 2nd grade next year so that the children will have a solid base of Hebrew words before they begin their formal Hebrew School classes in 3rd grade. Hebrew Through Movement has made a huge difference in the quality of our Hebrew program. I recommend that every school begin this program!!"
Temple Solel School Director
"Hebrew Through Movement" was developed by
Dr. Lifsa Schachter,
Professor Emeritus, Siegal College
with the support of Nili Adler z"l, Marcia Anouchi and Gloria Grischkan, and the Hebrew teaching staff of The Temple - Tifereth Israel & Temple Emanu El, Cleveland, OH. It is based on Dr. James J Asher's Total Physical Response (TPR), as well as the work of Bina Guerrieri who was one of the pioneers in applying TPR to the teaching of Hebrew.
Nachama Skolnik Moskowitz, Curriculum Director
Ronna Fox, Teacher Center Director
Paula Sass, Intern
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