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 Jewish congregations, 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.
MOVED: TEACHING HTM VIRTUALLY
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IS YOUR HEBREW NOT (YET) WHERE IT COULD BE?
We are delighted to introduce an experimental learning program for adults (and teens) interested in teaching HTM, but who currently lack a modern Hebrew language background. It's asynchronous learning, broken down into short (about 15 minutes each) sessions.
Check it out here: "HTM's Shalom Ivrit."
LOOKING FOR HTM CURRICULUM?
Links are on this webpage for the general curriculum guide, the virtual guide and a camp guide. All are a free download. Just click!
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THREE LEVELS OF HTM TEACHER CERTIFICATION
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Nachama Skolnik Moskowitz
HEBREW THROUGH MOVEMENT CURRICULUM GUIDES
This document , below, is for congregational/part-time settings, early childhood and day schools. Note that this version has 160 pages - teachers will want to ask their directors to download and print for them.
Just looking for the teaching/observation rubric? Download it from here:
NEW - a curriculum guide to help you teach in a virtual environment (Zoom, etc). It assumes you are trained in HTM and are very familiar with the general, in person one. Make sure to read the introduction carefully!
NOTE that this version has 60 pages. Teachers will want to ask their directors to download and print for them.
This document is for summer camps. There are 82 pages. As a draft, we welcome your feedback!
WANT TO BE A SKILLED HTM TEACHER?
Over 1100 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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