The HALB Lev Chana Early Childhood Center has created a Hebrew-language immersion classroom where the students and teachers speak only in Ivrit. The three-year-old nursery, four-year-old nursery, and kindergarten children visit the classroom two, three, or four times a week, and Morah Judi, their Ivrit teacher, involves them in activities that will facilitate the growth of the children’s oral Hebrew-language acquisition. The children are constantly absorbing vocabulary and learning to communicate in Hebrew as they play games, sing songs, use dramatic play, and interact with Morah Judi.
The children have already learned to introduce themselves to each other and sing and act out Rosh Hashanah songs, incorporating family members with puppets and pictures. Names of body parts are taught through “Shimon Omer” and other games.
The goal is to give the children a superb base from which to build Hebrew-language communication skills. They want the children to understand Hebrew as a living language, a bridge from chutz la’aretz to our “family” in Eretz Yisrael. By hearing and speaking only Hebrew in a fun-filled, relaxed environment, the children are able to absorb and respond with ease.