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Hebrew Reading

Hebrew Reading

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Hebrew Reading and Writing

Chabad Hebrew School uses the highly motivational Aleph Champ program to teach Hebrew reading. With the Aleph Champ program, reading has never been this fun!! Beginner students begin by being introduced to the letters of the Aleph Bet. They will spend a great deal of time on letter recognition through exercises and games to ensure that their foundation in Hebrew reading is solid. After they master the Aleph Bet, they will begin learning the Nikudot (Vowels),  focusing on recognizing the names, appearance and sounds of the Nikudot. They will then begin doing reading exercises with 2 and 3 letter words.

As students continue in our more advanced Hebrew classes, they will strengthen their reading skills, focus on reading fluency, and learn handwriting as well. 

 The Aleph Champion Program©

aleph man2.jpgThe Aleph Champion Program© is on the cutting edge of Hebrew reading today. Modeled after the Karate/Martial Arts motivational system, it works by dividing different reading skills into levels defined by color. Students understand that their teacher is a black aleph champion and their goal is to reach that level.

 

 

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THEORY

Aleph Champ, modeled after the Karate Martial Arts system of motivational colored levels, breaks up the Hebrew reading process into bite sized motivational levels which makes it more kid friendly and exciting.

Students start as a white Aleph Champ learning half of the aleph bet.  They work their way through the different levels "belts" until they become a black Aleph Champ with the ability to read fluently from the Siddur (prayer book).

Each Aleph Champ level has a color coded book, flashcards, workbooks and a medallion which is awarded once a level is passed.  All of these work together to create the motivation needed to progress in their own way. 

Reading groups are divided by color instead of age group, thereby allowing conscientious students to surpass the pace of their class and advance in reading on their own. This program ensures that students do not go on to a new level until they have truly mastered all that their current level expects them to know. This avoids the common problem of children learning to read without fully mastering a letter, vowel or concept in reading.

Aleph Champ influences the child to motivate themselves to advance in their Hebrew Reading.


LEVELS AND STRIPES

Each level is divided into three stripes.  As the children progress within their reading primer, they are awarded a stripe. Stripes keep students motivated in the long haul from one level to the next. The excitement of receiving a stripe keeps up the Aleph Champ momentum.

Aleph Champ Levels:

White Aleph Champion - Master the first 18 letters of the Aleph Bet.

Red Aleph Champion - Master all 32 letters of the Aleph Bet.

Orange Aleph Champion - Master the first 3 vowels with letter combinations.

Yellow Aleph Champion - Master the first 6 vowels with letter combinations.

Green Aleph Champion - Master the first 9 vowels with letter combinations.

Blue Aleph Champion - Master all the vowels and exceptions to the rules.

Purple Aleph Champion - Master reading basic prayers.

Brown Aleph Champion - Master reading higher level Tefillot.

Grey Aleph Champion - Master reading from the Siddur in a timed fashion.

Black Aleph Champion - Master reading over 100 words in a minute.

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