This past June the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland launched the online learning seminar that supports Hebrew Through Movement (for info see the bottom of the homepage, http://www.hebrewthroughmovement.org). Over 60 schools are represented among almost 140 teachers who've chosen to gain the skills to teach HTM to their students. Our goal is to upturn the current-way-of-doing-business in the teaching of Hebrew to students in part-time Jewish educational settings. We want to help students gain the language skills that will help increase their understanding of Jewish rituals and prayers (see the two videos on this page: http://www.hebrewthroughmovement.org/holiday-unit.html), and make the learning of Hebrew decoding/reading move along much more quickly and enjoyably! This is about leveraging the normative way of learning to read - from "sound-to-print" (think of how much language a baby hears and speaks before learning to read at age 5 or 6), rather than "print-to-sound" which is how Hebrew Schools have been doing it for decades (and struggling!)
How's it going across the nation? Check out the Teacher Talk pages of this website - lots of conversation is going on there!
Want to gain the skills to teach Hebrew Through Movement? Sign up for the online seminar - registration information is at the bottom of http://www.HebrewThroughMovement.org.
Hebrew Through Movement is one element of a bigger transformation of Hebrew learning in our part-time educational programs. Read about the four things you can do to improve Hebrew learning for your students: http://tiny.cc/ntvorw
Nachama Skolnik Moskowitz, JECC
This blog will be updated by those supporting Hebrew Through Movement in a variety of ways. It might even be you!