Hebrew for Kids
Top Three Resources for
Hebrew Language Study
The top three resources to teach Hebrew to kids: Whether you homeschool or simply want to supplement your child's curriculum, these programs really deliver.
1. Online Hebrew for Kids
Here's how to achieve real fluency in Hebrew: Learn Hebrew online with Israel's best teachers
The HebrewOnline program offers a unique opportunity for your child learn Hebrew at home, through the computer, with a live teacher in Israel – and several other students who may be located anywhere around the world. The courses are designed specially for children and lasts a school year.
This is a fantastic resource, especially if you homeschool, since it gives your child an opportunity to meet other children his age in an educational setting. The classes are recorded, so that you child can go over the material again on his own if he wishes to.
The course is designed for children between ages 7-18 (students are grouped into classes according to age). The introductory Hebrew course teaches the alphabet, vowels, and the basics of modern Hebrew conversation. Students learn words and situations that one would encounter on a typical day in school, at home or with family and neighbors, learn about Jewish holidays and special Israeli celebrations in class. By the end of the year, your child will:
- have a basic vocabulary of 500 words useful to his personal needs.
- know how to express basic feelings and emotions.
- know how to construct basic sentences in Hebrew.
- know how to read short texts.
- know how to write short simple sentences.
The intermediate course builds on from there, with a deeper study of proper grammar and building fluency in conversational, reading and writing skills.
2. Rosetta Stone
Other homeschooling families have reported success with Rosetta Stone, although that program is not specifically designed for kids. Read our review of the Rosetta Stone Hebrew language course here.
3. Free Resources
If you’re looking for introductory materials, such as the alphabet in Hebrew for children, you’ll find an interactive Hebrew alphabet chart at TorahTots.com, where your child can hear the sound of the letter and see a demonstration of how to write it in print and script forms.
Older kids, particularly if they are used to self-study or homeschooling, may be able to learn Hebrew free with the excellent home study program designed by the U.S. government for diplomats.
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