About Alef Bet Games
Alef Bet Games creates printable and digital teaching resources for Hebrew reading practice, vocabulary, and Jewish heritage education. Content is most suitable for upper elementary and middle school students in a Hebrew School setting.
In addition to low-prep games, this collection of "no drill" Hebrew worksheets are structured to integrate cooperative learning within the subject matter.
This style of learning has proven to assist in memorization and a deeper understanding of classroom material.
As Hebrew school attendance rates continue to decline, teachers want access to fresh material rather than teaching to a book. Yet, finding it has been an ongoing struggle.
Alef Bet Games' non-traditional Hebrew worksheets and distance learning material fill this void. Offering Hebrew teaching resources in an
"a la carte'' style fashion allows teachers the luxury to differentiate their instruction by picking and choosing what is best for their students, rather than teaching to a book. Moreover, because the material is designed to create social opportunities, classmates organically forge stronger connections among peers.
Alef Bet Games' Hebrew 4 in a Row worksheet is just one example of a "no prep" solution.
With just a photocopy and two different colored pencils, Hebrew reading practice quickly turns into a motivating competition as classmates ambitiously strive to be the first to read 4 Hebrew words in a row.
Hebrew teachers from around the globe have endorsed Alef Bet Games after they chose to bring simple, low-prep, game-based Hebrew resources into their classrooms. When teachers bring Hebrew learning games into their classrooms, students are more likely to find joy in their Hebrew School experience.
Alef Bet Games' Hebrew worksheets for beginners can be downloaded as a PDF, while distance learning games are in Google slides format. All Hebrew worksheets and activities are developed with the expertise of a multiple-subjects credentialed teacher in the Jewish education sector.
Studies on game-based learning
Studies by the American Psychological Association prove that game-based learning aids in cognitive development. In an article by Linda Pope in The Journal of Sustainable Education, she cites R.F. Mackay: "Kids learn by playing games, until... they go to school. Then the games stop, and so does learning".
Mackay believes human minds are designed to learn together, and game-based learning creates opportunities for students to do just that. As a naturally motivating form of entertainment, children stay engaged over longer periods of time, enhancing their learning experience.
When applying this theory to Hebrew School students in after-school programs, we create confident learners who build stronger social connections with their peers.