Kesher’s philosophy to teaching Hebrew is based on the proficiency approach. Through the proficiency approach, language becomes relevant to the learners.
Our formal Hebrew instruction begins at 3:30p with snack in our Hebrew Class, where we can talk about what we are eating, what foods we like, and so on.
After snack, the classes move on to a variety of different learning modalities including: stations, games, Israeli story books, worksheets, videos, and of course, dancing!
At Kesher, this learner-centered approach emphasizes the ability to function in Hebrew, to actually be able to use the language playing soccer and board games, having snacks, in social interactions with staff and other kids. The students are divided into groups that are based on proficiency and developmental appropriateness.
Unit themes are designed to be relevant to the children's lives – the Kesher environment, family, home, things we do in the home, holidays, and Israel. The students revisit these themes each year with a variation on the theme at a higher proficiency level in all the skill areas: reading, writing, speaking, listening, and grammar. All proficiency levels work on the same themes at the same time, creating an environment of cohesiveness.