What Distinguishes MILTON’s Hebrew Program?

Over the past several years, we have worked in partnership with families to incorporate changes and produce an effective, engaging, and rich Hebrew program. We are happy to report that MILTON’s Hebrew students have outperformed national averages in second language acquisition. Our Hebrew education program utilizes best practices and is informed by the latest research in second language acquisition and pedagogy. The program is designed to express our school’s principles and philosophy. Students’ needs and interests are …

Hebrew Students Get Creative – Enjoy our Students’ Presentations!

Students in the Elementary School are composing original texts in Hebrew, honing their expressive language skills through presentations, and sharing their creativity! Third grade students recently finished learning about the fall season, and wrote original stories about the season in Hebrew. They incorporated the information, vocabulary, and speech patterns that they learned over the past two months in their story lines. The students authored both fiction and nonfiction books, and produced multi-media art to accompany …

February 8, 2018 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Hebrew|Tags: Multimedia, Project Based Learning, Visual Arts|

Celebrating the Hebrew Language through Poetry, Books, Songs and History

A vital component of MILTON’s Hebrew and Judaic Studies program is to make connections to Israel throughout the year. We achieve this goal by letting our students experience Israeli customs, foods, dances, songs, and stories. This year, as we celebrate Israel’s 70th birthday year-round, we were motivated to bring even more Israeli culture to our students. As part of our Israel education, we introduced the children to two figures who are famous for their contributions …

February 8, 2018 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Hebrew|Tags: #MiltonAdvantage, Israel|

Measuring Hebrew Language Achievement

MILTON’s Hebrew program utilizes an assessment-based curriculum, which means that we first set goals, and then design a curriculum to achieve them. We employ assessments on a school-wide, class-wide, and individual basis. On a daily basis, teachers work to formally and informally assess students’ skills in the classroom as the children work, interact, and engage with the language. Each of our units includes an assessment component within it (measuring progress in each unit from beginning …

November 30, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Hebrew, Teaching Methods|Tags: Differentiated Learning|

Consistency in Class Placement: Forming Hebrew and Judaic Studies Classes that Support our Mission and Improve Results

At MILTON, we foster joyful and dynamic classroom communities through intentionally-created learning environments. Our approach reflects our vision of each child as a whole and unique individual and our commitment to a culture of inclusivity. We consider a variety of criteria – including social dynamics, gender balance, relationships among students, and best fit between the students’ learning styles and the faculty members’ teaching styles – when determining the placement of students in classrooms. Our experiences …

September 14, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Education, Hebrew, Judaic Studies|Tags: Differentiated Learning|

Furry Friends Join Students for Hebrew Oral Presentations

It can be challenging to maintain a high level of motivation in a classroom of sixth graders in the final months leading up to graduation and summer vacation. We knew that we needed to identify a culminating Hebrew project that would be engaging, dynamic, and a way for the students to express themselves in a meaningful and relevant way. We also needed to keep the learning going strong and continue to be joyful in this …

June 15, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Hebrew|Tags: Creative Writing|

First Graders Celebrate Chagigat HaSiddur with their Families

On May 19, First Graders and their families celebrated Chagigat HaSiddur (Celebration of the Prayerbook), a special tradition that has been a part of JPDS-NC for many years. The students sang and recited all the tefillot (prayers) that they learned over the past year. At this milestone celebration, each student was also honored by receiving their very first siddur (prayerbook), which they will use throughout second grade. The students enter first grade knowing only some …

First Graders Name “Fidget Spinners” in Hebrew

The Academy of the Hebrew Language, an Israeli educational institution that creates new Hebrew words, is looking to create a unique Hebrew name for fidget spinners. The Zaytim first grade class accepted the challenge and worked to brainstorm four possible names – which they submitted to the Academy! Their suggestions were: “itzbubon – אִיצְבּוּבוֹן” (a combination of “etzba,” finger, and “sevivon,” top or dreidel), “itzbubon – עִיצְבּוּבוֹן” (a combination of “itzbun,” stimulation, and “sevivon”), “S’viget – סְבִיגֶ’ט” (a …

June 2, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Hebrew|Tags: Creative Writing, Israel|

Happy Passover Video!

Chag Same’ach! Happy Passover! We hope you enjoy this video of our students learning and celebrating Pesach!

First Grade Open House includes exhibits on Rock Creek Park’s History, Flora, and Fauna and Presentation of Original Hebrew Stories

Last week, First Graders exhibited their expertise and creativity at their first Bayit Patuach (Open House) of the year, showcasing models of historic structures built from recycled materials, curated writing portfolios, multimedia representations of animal habitats, and clay sculptures of various plant species. Throughout the first semester, First Grade students explored the theme “Encounters with the Natural World,” with each class engaging in an in-depth study of a specific aspect of Rock Creek Park. The …