Rethinking Our Approach to Kriah
I warmly recommend Rabbi Aichenbaum’s Kriah Course.
Since I don’t know the budget of any given prospective participant, I can’t advise as to how “moser nefesh” one should be in order to take the course; however, I can certainly testify that R' Aichenbaum presents priceless advice and guidance drawn from a wealth of experience. He discusses a variety of problems and approaches to dealing with them. He even shows several video clips of kriah remediation with students who have difficulties. Comments and feedback from participants also add much to the experience, in the spirit of אז נדברו....
In considering if this course is the right thing for you, bear in mind that the course is not a ‘kriah from scratch’ course which would take the aspiring kriah teacher by the hand from the very beginning stages. Rather, the course assumes some prior knowledge and experience. If you do need some more basic guidance, however, such as which textbooks or curriculum is best, I’m sure that Rabbi Aichenbaum could also give some recommendations on that as well.
As with anything, one will have to put in some time after the course to think it over and develop ways to adapt the ideas to your circumstances.
Yosef Dovid Rosenberg
Manchester, England (formerly of Oswego, New York)
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.
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