We remember 10% of what we read, 20% of what we hear, 30% of what we see, 50% of what we see & hear, 70% of what we discuss with others, 80% of what we personally experience & 95% of what we teach others.~ Edgar Dale.As I read round about I keep returning to one thing ~ well, one thing for the present! Maybe it's because I'm a homeschooler. Maybe I'm just that way. Whatever.
If you've ever struggled to remove the blank stare from a child's eyes that tells you they just don't get it then you get that teaching is not always a joy~filled experience. On the other hand there is nothing quite like watching the light break & understanding flood a child's mind! The trick is to make it happen!
I mean, one of the biggest hurdles for us as homeschoolers as Star has got older is dealing with the department of education mentality that says everything needs to be written down. Why? Star is then working in her weakest learning style ~ & we know all about learning styles in this house because none of mine learn well in traditional ways! Being a visual myself I don't do so well with the kinesthetics & hands on learners ~ which is what most of mine are. They are exhausting.
And then I started researching about the Jewish festivals & you know what? God is a homeschooler! Seriously. We've all been here, right? Four kids, four different learning styles & we're struggling to pull a lesson plan together that isn't going to take more than it's alloted hour & which all four children will *get*. Near impossible even with hours upon hours of ground work. Someone is going to whinge about something the entire way through.
Every time I study the festivals I am struck anew by this. There is something for the eyes [visual learner], something for the ears [auditory learner], something to do [hands on learner] & enough movement to keep a kinesthetic engaged. What's more [despite the disputed reliability of Dale's figures] all the festivals encourage both discussion & teaching. Think how the very youngest at a Jewish Passover asks the important questions.
This struck me again as we struggle to move our family away from the traditional Christmas thing because I can hamstring myself all over the place. I want to keep it simple a la my Quakerish impulses. I want to move it to the left & closer to our shared Jewish roots. I understand God is for lavish celebrations ~ according to His guidelines. I want to ensure the focus our family maintains is Christ centred. Seem obvious? Amazing how unlikely this is even in Christian homes when there is all the excitement of a tree & presents.
I have used this book for purely practical purposes. It is full of wonderful food, games, bible readings, music etc for each of the feasts but I find it quite difficult to use. Nothing seems to be organised in the sort of way I organise things & all the various bits seem to be all over the place. It is a really large heavy book too. As mine are older now a lot of the consumables are not for us ~ though later perhaps for grandchildren? Also I find it incredibly verbose when there is no need to be & weighted with solemnity; I'm not a very solemn person so that tends to have me rolling my eyes rather like Star & stifling a yawn of boredom but at the time it was the best & most detailed information I could find & I still appreciate it for that.
This is the other book I have found really helpful. It is not about the festivals per se & I discussed the book here but I buy books that I can read multiple times on multiple levels & Perry is a man after my own hearrt. He goes beyond the surface. He digs deep. And he understands something that has come to mean a great deal to me: Jesus was an orthodox, practising Jew. As I seek to follow Him more closely I want to understand & appreciate what He understood & appreciated during His earthly walk & that includes the festivals; The Jewish festivals. Christ never celebrated Christmas. Or Easter. These are foreign concepts, man~made imports that have rather succesfully obscured our roots & the things God Himself implemented to teach us how to succesfully walk in His way.
I do get that very few seem to be getting called this way but if you refer to the quote above you will realise we retain 95% of what we teach others. So, um, yeah, you're just my way of ensuring I remember what I read! lol