Kashkesh is a Hebrew Immersion Program for grades 1-3 on Sundays from 11:00am-12:00pm.
Hebrew is a very rich and dynamic language – did you know a funny word like Kashkesh can mean chat, doodle AND be silly?
Kol Ami invites young children in grades 1-3 to learn Hebrew in a friendly, cheerful environment through true immersion in the language. Immersion is considered to be one of the most effective ways to learn a language, and our hope is that students will become familiar with basic terms and phrases that they can use in their homes, in their Jewish lives, and even on the streets of Israel. Hebrew immersion through Kashkesh will focus on using project-based, experiential learning to make the Hebrew come alive for our kids and help them put meaning in context.
The curriculum will focus on three main themes:
Habayit Hayehudi Sheli – My Jewish Home – What does my home look like? Who are the people I care about? How does my home reflect my Judaism? What are Jewish homes in other places like?
Chagey Yisrael – Jewish Holidays – What are the main holidays we celebrate? What are some of their symbols and customs? How does my family practice? How do Israelis practice?
Eretz Yisrael – The Land of Israel –What are some of the Torah stories about Israel? What is Israel like today? What kinds of people live in Israel? How did they come to live there? What kinds of foods do they eat? What do their homes and towns look like?
Within each theme, students will have shorter units culminating in an opportunity to share with their families. For example, students may make a virtual tour of the towns in Israel and act as tour guides for their parents showing them the sites while using their new Hebrew skills. Or create a model of their bedroom and learn key Hebrew words they can use every day at home. We encourage parents to reinforce learning at home by using basic terms the students will be learning and bringing Hebrew into everyday life. We hope this can be a fun learning experience that will take Hebrew from a foreign holy language to a vibrant, modern reality of Jewish living.