The purpose of this book is to assist the English-speaking child in mastering the Hebrew alphabet. Learning to read a second language presents a challenge for many children. Association of the Hebrew alphabet to the familiar English language can reduce this difficulty. In this book, each Hebrew letter looks and sounds like the picture presented on the page. This effectively utilizes both the visual and auditory modes of learning. Exercises and activities are suggested to enhance the touch and movement modes as well. These projects further reinforce the letters and the vowels. The more each sense is utilized, the easier it is to retain the information.
Comparing and contrasting the letters, both in sight and sound, can facilitate accurate letter acquisition. An interesting expression is written under each letter to enable the child to remember its sound. There is a short note to the parent to emphasize the components of each letter if review or reinforcement is needed. In the review pages at the end of this book, letters that can be mixed up, both visually and auditory, are placed side by side to help distinguish between the subtle differences. Reinforcement can be gained through the fun pages at the end of the book.
The child will enjoy looking at the beautiful pictures, listening to the interesting expression, as well as touching and acting out each lesson. He will be excited to play the memory game and do the crafts and activities. Both parent and child will gain from the positive interaction with each other and will further the parent-child relationship. The child will feel learning is fun.
This method of teaching the Hebrew alphabet has been tried successfully with various children.
We always need the help and guidance of Hashem to educate our children successfully. Hopefully, this book will serve as the instrument to help us accomplish our goals.
In order for the child to succeed, praise, patience, practice and fun is necessary. It is beneficial to keep each session to a minimum in order to get maximum results.