How To Teach Your Child HebrewLearning a second language at a young age, is an amazing way to transform your kids’ minds, as it is something which is difficult to learn at a later age. It is when we are all at a young age, that we learn the fastest. Being Bilingual, as a child , already means you have a different process of thinking, it can help your mind in problem solving, becoming a more efficient thinker, making you plan better too.

Depending on your own circumstances, is the first factor to evaluate, as to why your kids need to learn hebrew. Making Aaliyah? Will they need it for school later on? For them to communicate with family members or friends?

Here are some hints and tips on how to teach them Hebrew, but more importantly, to make it fun, to keep them interested.

1. Start them young – It is when they absorb all new information so quickly, they pick up on everything you say, by speaking to them two languages, it will speed up the process for further on down the line. Its important to make sure that they are picking up both languages, so try to keep a balance between the two.

2. Get the whole family involved – It may be difficult to fit in using both languages on a daily basis. Try and get everyone involved and make sure they know how important it is for you and your child to learn both. They should sing songs, read and tell stories to keep your kids intrigued about learning.

3. Television -. It is critical that they here Hebrew from as many different sources as you can gain. Pronunciation is a big part of good Hebrew – getting them into watching cartoons, or other TV shows, keeps them entertained, and the learning becomes just part of what they are doing. your other techniques aside, hearing Hebrew from a person who is entertaining already, is way up there in the most effective ways to learn.

4. Read to them at night, only in Hebrew – The last thing which you do before they go to sleep at night, is to read them a story in Hebrew. It helps them remember it too because it will become a ritual /tradition for them, which they will remember for years. Especially if they gain a favourite story, due to hearing cute words or names from characters which they will then apply to other things on a daily basis.

5. Hire carers/babysitters who speak it, so that they hear it from different people – Look locally and see if you can find someone who speaks Hebrew who is willing to babysit for your kids. Even if it is only every few weeks, it can be a totally different experience for them. Again, they are hearing it from a different perspective, plus, as a kid, having a babysitter is always something fun, its a new person to play with. Be sure to give your sitter some hints in advance that your kid is learning Hebrew.

6. Get Online – You can learn all kinds of tricks and tips by getting online and finding out what your missing out on, and ways to improve their learning. Use forums, facebook, and online websites that are specified to help kids learn, most of them are free, and have great systems to keep you organized too. Forums are great, if you want to get in touch with other mom’s who are in the same position as you, and you can exchange hints on where to enhance your teaching.

7. Use more modern ways of learning – Use technology but not just online, can make the learning for your kids much more fun. There are endless amount of apps, Hebrew and english online dictionaries, and games which they can play to keep them entertained but also, they get to use more structures systems designed for learning, whilst it is still fun for them.

8. Be continuous – You need to bare in mind that learning a new language, such as Hebrew is something which they need to continue with. It is important to inform them of this earlier on, emphasizing to them how important it is that they understand it and why they are learning it. As they grow older, they will focus more on school, but by looking into courses, ulpans, and Hebrew schools, this will lead to further development, as they need to take it to a new level. Even if your Hebrew is perfect, having an academic format of learning a new language, combined with learning it at home, is an ideal balance of how it should be continued.