HIP: What You Need to Know
2 days per week:
8:45 – 9:25am (Before Sunday Class) OR– 12:15 – 12:55pm (After Sunday Class) AND Wednesday OR Thursday 4:00 – 5:45pm
HIP (Hebrew Immersion Program), is an opportunity for students to experience a taste of Israel and immersion in the Hebrew language through games, songs, discussions, stories, art, writing, reading, cooking and other activities.
The students enjoy time with Yifat Nahmias, our Hebrew Specialist, as she helps them enjoy Hebrew in a mixed age/grade classroom 2 days per week. Students will choose to meet with Yifat before or after school on Sundays, and one afternoon mid-week. You can select from the class choices based on your personal schedule needs.
Students can enter HIP as beginners in Kindergarten or 1st Grade and continue until 3rd grade. Yifat has incredible skill in making the class fun while helping each student progress at his/her own rate and level. Though the expectation is not for HIP students to become fluent in Hebrew, our HIP students develop a love for Hebrew and show obvious signs of acceleration in reading and understanding when entering our 4th Grade Hebrew Reading program.
Students will enjoy exposure to common Hebrew phrases and relevant words in their own lives. They will have practice speaking, reading and writing these Hebrew words. Some Hebrew words and exposure are introduced in the regular Sunday class, as well, through our Hebrew Through Movement program, but until 4th grade, this is not a main focus of our standard program. If you are interested in substantial exposure to Hebrew and Israeli culture, the HIP program is for you!
*A NOTE ON THE NEW SCHEDULE:
As returning parents, some of you may be wondering why we’ve changed the Sunday classes to before or after class, rather than a “pull out” system, as we had before. Due to our new “deep dive” Judaic curriculum, it is no longer appropriate to pull the students from class to go to HIP. They would miss too much of the valuable Judaic lessons happening with their peers. We hope that you will see the benefits of your student staying with their class for the morning and having a separate opportunity to attend HIP.
The mid-week schedule has changed to W/TH, in order to coincide with our new mid-week Hebrew program for 4-6th grade. Hopefully, this will make it convenient for you to arrange sibling drop-offs. If this new schedule change poses a problem for you, please let us know.