Thursday, October 23, 2014
our current rashi efforts
I still do not have a handle on the best method to gain rashi skills. Right now, in 8th grade, I go through the rashis every day on the pesukim we've done. I keep an eye out for pshat oriented rashis or famous rashis or rashis with straightforward vocabulary. I underline them to begin them the next day. In Parshas Baha'aloscha she is doing about 30 or 40 rashis (I'll count tomorrow if I remember). Chana and I have evolved, via
bickering negotiating, that I read it and translate it for 4 days. By the fourth day she is familiar enough with it that she knows the general idea of the rashi, and she is comfortable enough to read it herself. I'm finding that she generally does not learn the vocabulary of the rashis. She relies on knowing the general idea. There are phrases and words that she can't translate and that she can't pronounce. When I brought that up to her, she agreed that when she reads and mispronounces a word, I should interject and correct her pronunciation. But I'm not finding that it's a really efficient way that helps her remember it. She is getting decent practice reading rashis and she'll probably remember a lot of the general ideas of the rashis. I don't know how much of the actual words she is learning, and how to improve on that. It's just that there are so many skills in doing a rashi-- reading the words correctly, translating, understanding the main idea, understanding the different phrases.. and that's not even analyzing the rashi itself, thinking about what rashi's question is and how this answers the question, and what this adds to the understanding of the pasuk.