Temple Emanuel Preschool’s new Hebrew Club introduces toddlers and preschoolers to the wonderful world of language.
Hebrew is the language of Israel, the language of the Jewish people, spoken by over 9 million people worldwide. Hebrew is used for prayer and study in Jewish communities worldwide. It is a language that binds Jews to one another, a language of our ancestors.
Between 200 and 400 CE, Hebrew as a spoken language ceased to exist. Imagine, now in the year 2016, toddlers as young as 18 months learning and speaking this ancient tongue.
Young children have a unique ability to learn a second language. At this point in a child’s development, the still developing brain is programmed to acquire language naturally. Mere exposure will allow young children a lifetime of benefits including cognitive benefits, an expanded view of the world they live in, greater appreciation and sensitivity to other cultures, and an ability to learn additional languages more easily later in life.
Sounds of children singing and giggling echo through the preschool on Wednesday afternoons in the Extended Day program as children learn Hebrew through story, song and prayer.
Wendy Falchuk, Preschool Director says, “Hebrew Club is an exciting new addition to our curriculum and I look forward to the children feeling the spirit of Judaism through the Hebrew language.”
Temple Emanuel Preschool offers a number of other engagement programs for their students in the afternoons including art, music and sports. Temple Emanuel Preschool is proud to offer innovative and educational programming within a Jewish setting. More info at www.templeemanuel.com/preschool.