Next task was to teach her Barakhadi, we have to again figure out a faster way . Yes…once again I made cards, for each letter in Barakhadi .. it was huge effort on my part and very time consuming.
Each card had letter and corresponding sound in English alphabets and also an example word from English/Hindi depending what my daughter knew that time. The words would act as a reference to remember the sound of a particular Barakhadi.
There were total 420 cards. I only skipped the half matra and two letters which are never used in word formations.
We set out for task of learning it. I showed her one card at a time and made her pronounce it. I asked her to close her eyes and visualize the card she has just seen and visualize it again and repeat the sound.
For example, below is a card for letter “हा” , its pronunciation is written in English alphabets at bottom.
So she would see this card, understand how it is pronounced. Then visualize how the letter can be written or drawn. And we followed it up by making it on sand.
Here is how all the barakhadi letter in “ह” series looked like
Also gave her sand box to write the letter with closed eyes.
Within three days we had mastered all Barakhadi that too without writing a single line. My daughter also cooperated beautifully as she also wanted to be on par with her other class mates.
We achieved our goal of reading letters and forming words, which was essential for her upcoming exam. And guess what she did very well except for making one mistake. That also happened because I forgot to show her that particular picture and word combination. So she was not able to correlate it.
See how we used barakhadi card for other purposes in our hindi learning series.
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