During our Hebrew lessons in the Junior Kindergarten, we have been learning about our Jewish identity and what it means to be Jewish. This has been done by creating meaningful and relevant experiential Jewish experiences.
Each child proudly presented on their family (mishpacha) using a family photo. They learned the Hebrew word of each family member: ‘Abba’, ‘Ima’, ‘Ach’, Achot’, ‘Safta’ and ‘Saba’. They then drew their own family in a house, ‘Bayit’ which was then made into a display on our Jewish Life wall.
Discussions about Jewish people living all around the world and that Israel is the Jewish homeland followed. We looked at the map of Israel and become familiar with the different areas like the dry desert in the south and the green north, the Dead Sea, the Kinneret and cities like Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. The children were able to examine Israeli ‘Shekel’ coins, and we talked about the Israeli national fruit, ‘Zayit’ as well as other yummy Israeli food!
As part of the learning experience, we made falafel and Israeli salad with the children. The children chopped vegetables like cucumber ‘melafefon’, tomato ‘agvania’ and capsicum ‘pilpel’. We had hummus, pickles and pita bread! It was such a wonderful and tasty Hebrew session about Israel.
This program assisted in developing a sense of joy and love for being Jewish and an appreciation of family and community.
Junior Kinder Hebrew Teacher