In order to master our prayers, additional practice time is required outside of our 70-minute Hebrew school sessions (22-25 sessions/year). Teachers will be in regular contact with parents regarding the prayer(s) students are currently learning and will provide reinforcement assignments for home. It is expected that students will spend approximately 60 minutes reinforcing their Hebrew learning each week outside of school including, but not limited to, attending and participating in weekly Shabbat services and practicing on the Behrman House online learning center. As Bar/Bat Mitzvah approaches, this practice time will increase, as each student learns their own Torah and Haftarah portion. Consistent practice over an extended period of time will make the B’nai Mitzvah process a smooth one for both students and parents.
A great way to master these prayers is to:
- Participate in T’filah (prayer service) at Temple Beth Shalom Religious School
- Attend Shabbat services regularly, both Friday nights and Saturday mornings
- Use the B’nai Mitzvah CD (provided to families in the Fall of your child’s 5th grade year)
- Make it a habit to always point to the Hebrew words in prayers as you sing or speak them, or as they are sung/spoken during services or class time
- Always practice your prayers aloud. Hebrew can feel like a tongue-twister sometimes and the physical practice of tricky words or passages helps get through the “twisty” feeling.
- When trying to master a prayer, learn it one line or “comma group” phrase at a time, building one small chunk onto the next.
- Visit the Behrman House website to reinforce your class lessons at the online learning center!