Zehava Kelner

M.A. in Education from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Zehava is director of the Otiyot Institute network, which specializes in

diagnosis of learning disabilities, remedial teaching, and special


Her expertise derives from long years of experience as a language

teacher for children, as a remedial teaching practitioner and as a

lecturer at the Department of Education at the David Yellin Seminar

in Jerusalem.

The “Otiyot Medabrot” reading method is adapted to the phonetic approach to

reading endorsed by the Ministry of Education.

The method is based on three important principles:


Building Blocks First

The method begins by teaching the language’s briefest sounds – the phonemes, comprised

of consonants and vowels. Later, we move on to teaching combinations of phonemes and

short words.


Simultaneous Use of Pronunciation, Reading and Writing

Our method teaches children to pronounce, write and read every new sound that is learned.

A child who forgets a certain sound is surprised to find out that writing the symbol is a

reminder of the forgotten sound. This works because the hand’s movement during writing

is recorded in memory, and thus assists recall of the sound.

we believe that our different types of memory are interconnected, so that each one

supports the others.


Memory by Articulation

With our method, every sound (consonant or vowel) is coupled with a special formation of

the body parts used for speech (tongue, teeth, use of the throat and the vocal cords). When

a child forgets the sound of a consonant or a vowel, he or she will recall the shape of the

mouth that was learned before. Therefore, proper articulation of the speech apparatus will

help the child produce the desired sound.


To allow children who are non-Hebrew speakers to learn the building blocks of the Hebrew

reading and writing system, I have used pictures that represent universal words, such as

“zebra”, “balloon”, etc. At the bottom of each page the phonetic pronunciation of each word

in Hebrew is given (broken into syllables). We have also included a number of pictures

representing basic vocabulary words in Hebrew, in order to begin exposing the child to the

spoken language itself.

מילה וצליל א, ב (Word and Sound)

Developing phonological awareness.

אותיות מדברות א, ב, ג, חגים
For Hebrew speakers


Otiyot Medabrot
For non-Hebrew speakers – part 1-3

יום הולדת לרועי (Roy’s Birthday)

חוויות בגן החיות (Fun at the Zoo)
Becoming a fluent reader.

כיף לכתוב בכתב (Cursive Writing  is Fun)
Moving from basic to cursive handwriting


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