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