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Aviva Gutnick

  1. Time Constrained? Budget Crunched? Need a Judaics Curriculum? Start Here with Our Instant Resources

    Time Constrained? Budget Crunched? Need a Judaics Curriculum? Start Here with Our Instant Resources

    With so much uncertainty around the health of your community and how to reach and teach students and families in this environment, Behrman House has been looking for ways to help educators, to try to make things just a little easier.

    One of the things we have done is to develop a Judaics curriculum guide for part-time Jewish education programs that can help you structure a program to carry you through the school year. The guide is based on a variety of FREE resources that we have gathered together in one convenient place for you.

    This curriculum is particularly well-suited for small schools, those facing a budget crunch, or  those who may be cutting down on meeting times on Zoom and just need a few really good lessons to help you strengthen connections with your learners.

    The guide is a tool that’s based on 3 Big Ideas in Jewish Education. It shows you how the lessons are connected, and what learning will take p

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  2. Effective Hebrew Learning: Is There a Right Age to Teach Decoding?

    Learning a second language is simply not the same as learning a first language, according to Dina Maiben, director of the Hebrew program at Gratz College.

    That’s true for reading as well as learning to speak. Understanding how sounds are combined into words and words into sentences is something that develops over time in early childhood, but once a learner has reached school age, it is likely fully developed. And once mastered, it can easily be applied to a new language. By the time students are in 3rd grade, they are more than ready developmentally to apply what they understand about phonics to a second language. "For second-language learning, it doesn’t take many years for children to build the oral/aural foundations of a language that are necessary for understanding how print maps onto the sounds of the language, as it would for first language learning," Maiben says.

    Hear more from Maiben in our video series abo

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  3. Kaddish Resources for Pittsburgh Anniversary

    Use with students to supplement the recitation of the Kaddish on this somber anniversary.

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