For many people, hearing Hebrew evokes visions of Israel and the Old Testament—and maybe “Fiddler on the Roof!” Loralee Spurlock loves Hebrew so much she teaches it to homeschoolers! Today on Home School Heartbeat, she tells HSLDA host Mike Smith how she got hooked on Hebrew—and how your kids could be, too!
Our guest today is Loralee Spurlock, a missionary and Hebrew language teacher. Loralee, welcome to the program!
Loralee, you share your love of Hebrew through teaching homeschool students. What guidance would you give to parents who want their children to learn a language but don’t know that language themselves?
Well, it’s sort of one-two-three. Get a good textbook, and an answer key that’s age-appropriate. Have access to an authority, to ask questions about whatever language it is. If you teach Hebrew, and I hope everybody will, you could find a Messianic congregation or synagogue that has children’s Hebrew classes. But also, you have to use a lot of exciting puzzles, fun songs, and if it’s Hebrew, Hebrew Bible verses and prayers, and lots of related parties and games. For instance, seasonal Purim with its drama and costumes and Bible history; Hanukkah, with fun ways to combine history, Bible, and games; and, table talk! And learning Hebrew will be a joy and profitable.
Loralee, thank you so much for joining us and that valuable information! And until next time, I’m Mike Smith.