Good morning! I continue to enjoy viewing and listening to your various topics. They are continuing to give me clarity on certain ideas, as I begin to work on curriculum development at my school here in Chicago.
I have a question: I noticed in your workshop about fluent kriah, that you gave some great activity ideas for practicing kriah, such as 1.dagesh ball game 2.switching a letter or a nekuda with cards or blocks, and 3.having the child read the new words that are formed, and dividing into teams to try to read one word at a time accurately, to gain cards for your team, etc.
Do you have practical ideas of activities that can be done for the next level up, like in a second grade classroom where the girls have already learned to read in kindergarten and first grade, and in second grade they are continuing to review all the rules again and get more practice to improve fluency? The teachers feel that continuing to practice over and over gets boring for the students, and they would love to hear a few new ideas to enhance the kriah in their classroom. What would your mehalach be in general for a mainstream classroom , to improve fluency?
Thank you in advance.
REPORTS FROM THE TRENCHES...
Do you see any differences this year because of our workshop?
We are using the Words of Wisdom program that we developed after your workshop with amazing success. My class mastered 175 words in Parshas Terumah to the point that they asked me to test them on all 175 words. All but 3 boys achieved perfect or near perfect scores (171 correct or >). 2 > 90. 1 fail… We know where we need to focus our resources. All this with less than 8 minutes per day invested in reviewing the wordbank. In fact there has been a net gain of class time as they are saying the Pesukim faster and have > attention span for Pesukim. Additionally I can now have 5 boys say each passuk in the time I used to have 3 say a passuk.
We are using it religiously in 4 classrooms in Chaim Berlin. One more of our Rebbeim is trying 1/week as he acclimates to using a computer. It is being used in our resource room. A Rebbi is using it in Torah Temima. One more in another Yeshivah. Several Yeshivos have expressed interest.
We have also printed Flashcards from the words and they are being used in 4 additional classrooms. We are giving a weekly Milim Quiz on the first grade words to our 2nd graders <6 boys out of 80 are scoring below 90%.
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