Ok, so how am I doing it? Well, I started out with the alphabet, and had them copy the letters for a few days until they got it down. Then, I taught them how to sound out words, after teaching them the vowel pointings. The girls like to do exercises on the board, so I began by spelling words for them, and they write it on the board. Example, "Aleph, segol (vowel pointing), resh, segol, final tsade." Eretz. Land!
Here are some different exercises we do:
- Vocab flash cards. (Also preposition and vowel pointings).
- Reading Genesis 1 from the Hebrew Bible, explaining grammar and syntax as we go along.
- Say aloud spelling and vocab. I say a word, and the girls write it on a piece of paper. Example: I say, "Eretz." Then the girls spell it in Hebrew and give the vocab definition.
- Grammar: I'll read a section from my Hebrew grammar books (Pratico and Van Pelt, Weingreen, Cook & Holmstead). The Cook/Holmstead book is a great, new grammar that has all kinds of interesting exercises in it, including conversational Hebrew, crossword puzzles, comic strips, and fill in the blank.