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In addition to mastering recognition, reading, and writing of the Hebrew alphabet through theAleph Champ program, our students’ Hebrew conversational skills will be enriched in our Sefateinu classes through crafts, music and more, truly bringing the language to life. Sefateinu is an innovative program being introduced to Cohen Hebrew School this year (only in the Monday/Wednesday program).
It will consist of Hebrew - immersion - style classes - with a teacher speaking Ivrit throughout, and will cover basic conversational Hebrew, basic hebrew words, such as counting, colors, etc. The goal of Sefateinu is to have all of our students familiarized with the Hebrew language, able to speak simple sentences and conduct simple conversation. Each grade level will have different expectations to reach- i.e. kindergarten students should be able to count until 10, 5th graders until 100.
In order to balance the Judaic curriculum with the Hebrew language learning, class time will be divided between the Judaics - tefilah, holidays, Jewish history, etc., Aleph Champ, and Sefateinu. Every class will have Sefateinu once a week, except for the oldest class of Hebrew school, which will have Sefateinu on both Monday and Wednesday.

Levels and Stripes

Each level is divided into three stripes. As the children progress within their reading primer, they are awarded a stripe. Stripes keep students motivated in the long haul from one level to the next. The excitement of receiving a stripe keeps up the Aleph Champ momentum.

Aleph Champ Levels:

White Aleph Champion - Master the first 18 letters of the Aleph Bet.

Red Aleph Champion - Master all 32 letters of the Aleph Bet.

Orange Aleph Champion - Master the first 3 vowels with letter combinations.

Yellow Aleph Champion - Master the first 6 vowels with letter combinations.

Green Aleph Champion - Master the first 9 vowels with letter combinations.

Blue Aleph Champion - Master all the vowels and exceptions to the rules.

Purple Aleph Champion - Master reading basic prayers.

Brown Aleph Champion - Master reading higher level Tefillot.

Grey Aleph Champion - Master reading from the Siddur in a timed fashion.

Black Aleph Champion - Master reading over 100 words in a minute.