Thursday, May 10, 2007

Bright Beginnings

This is incredible, and in my opinion, so incredibly important. See R' Horowitz's intro and the PDF of what a workbook would look like.
I am very pleased to present to you a PDF prepublication sample of the “Bright Beginnings Chumash Workbook”. The purpose of this booklet is to assist educators and parents in their quest to help their children become independent learners by teaching them language and grammar skills in a thoughtful, educationally sound manner. ...

We expect to go to print in a matter of weeks and are planning to release the first Chumash booklet, which will contain the entire first half of Parshas Lech Lecha in the summer of 2007. Please help us maximize the effectiveness of this workbook by sharing your input with us.

Please post a comment at the bottom of this column with any suggestions for improving the format of this workbook. Here are some questions that we had when producing this booklet. Your feedback responding to these questions, or any other questions/comments would be most appreciated:

He then has a list of questions. Check it out and help the future of Jewish education.


  1. I just opened my email and took a look at it. As a parent of a 1st grade boy who started learning Chumash this year, I'm impressed. Hopefully day schools will have money to purchase into the program.

  2. This is cool, and I am not against it. However, don't these attempts to teach kids the שרשים and other hebrew grammar from chumash seem contrived?

    Why not just spend 1st through 2nd grades teaching hebrew based on the 'ulpan' "flash learning" system used for olim in Israel? Spend 2-3 hours a day on that, and then the rest of the time can be on chumash. Teach hebrew well, and also seperately from chumash, and there will be a heck of a lot more success.

    Just my two cents.