Hebrew Language- Ivrit
The Primary years are a wonderful time to lay the foundation for spoken Hebrew. We have developed an array of materials to support Hebrew language acquisition, including moveable Aleph-Bet activities isolating beginning sounds, ending letters, and vowel sounds, matching card sets, miniature objects and mini-environments for a variety of vocabulary areas (seasons, clothing, furnishings, body parts, colors, etc.), and initial lessons in noun-verb combinations and basic conjugation.
The Elementary Hebrew Language materials cover areas including otzar milim (vocabulary), verb conjugation in present, past and future tenses, zachar/nkeiva (feminine and masculine), yachid/rabim (singular and plura), numbers, time, adjective-noun correspondence, elements of Hebrew syntax (such as “yesh,” “ein,” and “et”), and Hebrew writing and conversation.
Torah – Humash
The Netivot Humash materials give children translation skills that will serve them in their study of all texts of Tanach. The materials begin with a miniature environment including a range of common Humash nouns and continue with card sets for prefixes (conjunction, article, prepositions, etc.) and possessive pronoun suffixes (your, their, our, etc.). Using the Montessori parts of speech for color coding, students learn to visualize all of the combination words they encounter in the text divided into their component parts.
Holidays – Chaggim
For weeks before each of the chagim, the Jewish Montessori Primary classroom sees an explosion of new works. The Netivot curriculum uses a wide variety of materials, including object to picture/word matching, picture to picture/word matching, miniature objects for moveable Aleph-Bet,writing booklets, and sorting works (such as chametz/kasher l’Pesach). In addition, there are numerous works designed to synthesize Judaic content with other areas of study, such as math, sensorial and practical life.
Materials have been created for all of the holidays that take place during the school year (Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Hanukkah, Tu B’shvat, Purim, Pesach, Yom Ha’atzmaut, Shavuot). Materials cover topics such as names of the chag, halachot of the chag, symbolic foods associated with the chag, order of the Seder, 10 makot, etc.)
The Primary Parasha materials include miniature objects for the ”Parasha Basket” and moveable Aleph-Bet, delightful bags of objects with matching and sequencing activities for specific parashot, and cross-curricular works such as Yosef’s coat, a sewing activity, and Rivka’s water pitchers, an integrated Parasha and math work.
The Elementary parasha materials cover topics in the parshiyot such as days of creation, family tree of the Avot, Birchot Yaakov, parts of the Mishkan, and Bigdei Kehuna. They also include materials pertaining to nouns, verbs and other parts of speech connecting parasha and the students’ ongoing Hebrew studies.