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Syllabus

The purpose of the Genesis curriculum is to strengthen the Israeli identity of the children while developing the Hebrew language skills, with the language content we pour into the weekly topics. The program is intended for pre-compulsory ages up to seventh grade (inclusive), and instruction is in Hebrew. The lesson in Genesis is divided into 2 parts: in the first part the children learn the language skills and in the second part the children learn (experientially) a weekly topic such as: holidays, personalities, Bible stories and more.

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The language is Hebrew

Improving Hebrew language skills - reading, writing, listening and strengthening the spoken language. The children in Genesis study workbooks and up-to-date books approved by the Ministry of Education in Israel. These learning materials are also used in schools in Israel. In Genesis, the structure of the lesson, on its two parts, creates a delicate balance between formal instruction and informal instruction. As the age of the children increases, so does the time of the lesson devoted to formal teaching related to the development of language skills. For example, in the pre-compulsory group we focus on vocabulary and strengthening oral expression. In the compulsory kindergarten group, emphasis is placed on phonological awareness, vocabulary expansion and the study of typefaces. In first grade, the children learn all the movements and letters in print and in writing. At the end of first grade, students will be able to write and read short sentences. In second grade, children continue the process of acquiring reading as the texts they work on become more complex. In addition, they work on the ability to express themselves in writing and oral and deepen their understanding of the structure of the sentence and its components. And so on in the higher grades, where about half of the lesson will be devoted to learning reading and writing skills and the other half bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ Click here for details of program goals by age groups.

Because the children come to us at the beginning of the year at different levels of knowledge of the Hebrew language, in each group work is done according to levels. The children's progress depends on their initial level and the degree of their personal work at home.

Holidays

The children learn the stories of the holidays, and become acquainted with prominent customs and symbols in the Jewish tradition. All holidays are celebrated in the Israeli spirit in a school or community setting. For example: a Hanukkah party is held every year, a ceremony for Rosh Hashanah and Tu Bishvat and Independence Day are celebrated in class.

​ The story of the State of Israel - The children in Genesis will also learn next year about the story of the State of Israel, about the distance it has traveled from its inception to the present: the children will learn about the establishment of the state The history of the Hebrew language, about different places in Israel and the stories behind them and about significant personalities in the history and culture of the people of Israel.

How is the special atmosphere created?

- Selection of old and new quality learning materials, taken from the classics of Hebrew literature for children and youth recognized by the education system in Israel.

- Building lesson plans, with reference to the overarching goals of Genesis.

Qualified and experienced teachers in the field of teaching, who pay their attention to adapting the study materials to their group and their academic and social requirements.

- Great love of the teaching staff for the culture of Eretz Israel, enthusiasm for the teaching process, creativity and great love for the children.

Genesis is the place to create joy from the process of learning and doing, while connecting roots to the Land of Israel.

An example of an experiential activity conducted with fifth- and sixth-graders on the subject of Israeli inventions:

The lesson will open with creative puzzles: Which animal looks the same front and back? What is it that when you need it you throw it away and when you don't need it you collect it?

The teacher will ask the class "what did we do"? Possible answers:

- We thought outside the box. What it means? Be creative, look for original ways.

- The teacher will write on the board "Creativity", "Think outside the box".

- The teacher will show the students some objects: cherry tomatoes, disk on key, camera pill, bamba ...

- The teacher will solve a riddle: what do all these things have in common?

Answer: The connection to all these things,  That everyone is an Israeli invention. In general, Israel has an important and significant part in the world of inventions,

   The developments and innovations. Israel is ranked third in the world in terms of entrepreneurship, in second place in terms of university quality

   In first place in terms of investment in research and development.

Young people also develop things - the teacher will explain two Israeli inventions invented by young people: a dog washing machine and an ointment with a brush. The teacher will go on to detail that in almost every field there are Israeli developments:

Computers: Disk or Key, Babylon - Translation Software, Deep Junior - Internet Chess Software, ECQ.

In agriculture: drippers by Netafim, cherry tomatoes, natural pesticides, misting and moisturizing systems.

Games: Remikov, Taki.

Foods: Bamba, soup almonds, flakes.

Security: Uzi submachine gun, chariot tank, iron dome.

The teacher will divide the class into three groups. Each group will receive an Israeli product and the following guidelines:

- Indicate what the invention is

- Imagine life before invention

- Describe the change made in the way people live.

- Do you have an idea for a new invention - Explain your idea.

Finally each group will present the products in the class plenum.

Dalia Sarfati moved from Israel to the United States about 15 years ago and now lives in Tenfal with her family.

 

Dalia holds a bachelor's degree in English language and literature and education, a teaching certificate, and a master's degree in education from the University of Haifa.

In Israel, Dalia was an English teacher, educator and vocational coordinator. For about 14 years, Dalia has been teaching Hebrew literature, language and spoken Hebrew in Jewish schools in the United States. In the years 2016-2021, Dalia directed the "Bereishit" school program.

Dalia believes in the great importance of imparting the Hebrew language_ cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ and Israeli culture to the younger generation in the United States. It also sees great importance in strengthening the connection to the State of Israel and the Jewish tradition. Dalia believes that the role of the teacher is to enable each student to utilize his or her full skills and abilities in the learning process. The combination of play, technology and enrichment in teaching make the learning experience more enjoyable and meaningful.

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