How Sabdamala is Organized
Each lesson contains instructions on two letters of the alphabet. The lessons begin with a review of the previous letters. Each new letter is introduced with an explanation of pronunciation using a corresponding sound found in the English language. The instruction focuses on:
- Writing each letter
- A visual explanation of the writing techniques
- Review and repetition
- Several example words that begin with the letter being taught are provided for language context and recognition.
The lessons also contain reasons to learn reading and writing (to keep the student motivated). The lessons contain interesting facts about Nepal (to build the student’s knowledge base).
Tips for Parental Involvement
- Set aside 15 minutes per day on weekdays to help teach your child to read and write Nepali.
- Go through each lesson carefully and slowly.
- Set a goal that is attainable for your child’s age and personality.
- Encourage your child to tackle the homework on their own.
- Review your child’s homework diligently and assign it a grade.
- Pay particular attention to the tracing sheets, correcting any patterns that need improvement.
- Now review the homework with your child.
- Encourage your child to practice, practice, practice…especially between lessons!
- Talk about the importance of reading and writing Nepali together!
- Review the facts about Nepal together. Enhance their learning by adding your own knowledge and experience.
- Celebrate milestones! Every time your child has successfully completed 3 lessons take them out to do something special together. Encourage their success by spending time together.
- Once they have learned some letters, encourage them to show their Nepali friends what they have learned.
- Have them send sample letters to their grandparents and relatives in Nepal.
- Review the importance of Parental Involvement in your child’s learning.
- Below are some suggested times. This can become a family tradition that is integrated into your life with deep meaning. For example:
- The first thing your child does when they come home from school is sit down, have a snack with you and learn 15 minutes of Nepali reading and writing.
- Right after dinner and before the tv gets put on and every family member goes off on their own, sit down and spend 15 meaningful minutes teaching your child how to read and write Nepal.
- Just before bedtime, take 15 minutes to learn Nepali together. End each evening spending meaningful and qualify time with your child as they uncover the treasures of their native tongue.