The biggest musical sensation here in Israel this winter / spring is a small and strange song called “Geshem, Geshem,” written by Jihan Jaber, an Israeli Arab Hebrew teacher who wanted to give her students an easy, fun way to learn Hebrew.
And if she can use it to teach kids Hebrew… why can’t you?
GZ is totally into the darbuka, a simple little drum that apparently he’s been learning in music class at school. This is the original and easiest accompaniment for this song (see video below), but really, whatever percussion instrument you have will do.
I’ve created a cute little mini-book that you can print, staple, and read / sing with kids.
There’s also a completely blank version so kids can add their own illustrations before cutting out the individual pages. I’ve moved the text a little here so there’s as much room for creativity as possible on each page:
Start by watching the original video below. Don’t be put off by the low quality of the video and sound – it was filmed by one of Jaber’s students in the classroom. Once you’ve done that, click the download link for the PDF versions below:
- Original full mini-book, with instructions and additional resources (1.75mB)
- Blank mini-book only, no instructions or resources (420kB)
Here’s the video:
Enjoy learning Hebrew with your kids!