Welcome to Eizeh Kef, a Modern Hebrew reading programme for children aged between 5 and 10 years.
The programme, including its graphics and design, has been produced exclusively for Leo Baeck College in the United Kingdom and is unique.
The programme comprises seven units, with the fifth unit having just been published. The first four units are already being used widely in the UK, some parts of Europe, in the USA and South Africa.
Each unit comprises a Teacher’s Kit with all the resources needed to support the teaching of that unit, plus a student workbook for each learner.
The seven units are:
Unit 1: Family – click here to view some sample pages of Book 1, some of the resources that can be found in the Teacher’s Kit and the price list.
Unit 2: Shabbat – click here to view some sample pages of Book 2, some of the resources that can be found in the Teacher’s Kit and the price list .
Unit 3: Toys – click here to view some sample pages of Book 3, some of the resources that can be found in the Teacher’s Kit and the price list.
Unit 4: Home – click here to view some sample pages of Book 4, some of the resources that can be found in the Teacher’s Kit and the price list.
Unit 5: Synagogue – click here to view some sample pages of Book 5, some of the resources that can be found in the Teacher’s Kit and the price list.
Unit 6: Fruit and vegetables (not yet published)
Unit 7: Animals (not yet published)
Background to the Programme:
The premise of the programme is to teach Hebrew reading through having fun. This goal is achieved by engaging the learners in a variety of enjoyable activities focusing on a realistic amount of key vocabulary found in each unit. Learning through games is crucial to the philosophy of the programme as it minimises the fear factor for children and helps to nurture within them an enduring love of and relationship with the language.
The strength of the programme lies in its pedagogic approach:
- Each new unit builds on the previous one and incorporates all the vocabulary from each. In this way, children learn the language in building blocks.
- Learners are first introduced to the images/pictures of the key vocabulary, then to the whole words and then to the first sounds. In this way, learners have formed a relationship already with the key vocabulary through the different fun oral activities before they even get to see the written word.
- Learners acquire all the letters and vowels from the first sounds (letter and vowel) of all the key vocabulary in each unit.
- By the end of the first unit, children are able to read and understand a simple text in Hebrew and have learned 6 letters and 5 vowels. By the end of the fourth unit, children will have learned all their Hebrew letters and vowels. The remaining 3 units build on this knowledge in the form of short stories, texts and more complex grammatical structures.
- The programme allows for differentiation in the class from the start as three different sizes of the same images and vocabulary are provided in the Teacher’s Kit so that learners of mixed abilities can access the same content at the same time, but in smaller groups/pairs etc.
- The programme also allows for different assessment stages. For example, the bingo game is played when all words, sounds and images have been introduced and is an effective assessment tool to check whether children can read, know the vocabulary and if not, what needs to be recapped. There are also pauses in the student activity books for teachers to assess learning.
- The programme is inclusive as the images depict characters that can be suitable for all types of family units
- Each unit is predicated on a Jewish value from Tanach – so the programme, albeit a Modern Hebrew programme, is never far from Jewish sources.
Supporting you to teach the programme successfully:
The teaching approach of the Eizeh Kef programme may be different to what you are accustomed. We provide all your different training needs as follows:
- Initial teacher training for new users: to embed pedagogy and different teaching approaches, and introduction to all the teaching support material (a session of approx. 1½ hrs – 2 hrs)
- Refresher training and on-going support for current users (a session of approx. 1 – 1½ hrs)
- Classroom observations, feedback and further support (a visit of approx. 2 – 3 hrs in your setting)
Training will usually take place via zoom, but where at all possible, this can take place in your community.
Training costs: £60 per hour or part thereof.