Explain the study of people/cultures
gratitude wrote:I understand the science, missionary emphasis, book of Matthew, geography game, biomes, ecosystem study, etc. in ECC and where those elements come from in the program.
Is all of the study of the people of the different countries come from Windows of the World and book basket? Is the library needed in order to study the other cultures? To what extent does the program study the cultures? Is ECC primarily the missionary study, science, book of Matthew, geography, and then the other cultures and the people of those cultures through prayers for them through WotW?
I found other aspects of cultural study in the hands on activities such as cooking, crafts, games/activities (as found in A Trip Around the World), some of the music... learning a few phrases of that land, etc.
in my personal opinion, while some of that is from book basket or other library resources, it doesn't come from "reading", it comes from trying it out. Let me give you an example/analogy.... you can read all about me on this forum, and you can PM em and "get to know me"..... that's reading about me and getting to know me.. or julie, or trish, or you.. and you might even see blogs or other places with pictures...
but until you get on a plane and come down here to southwest TN and take an exercise class from me... you don't get to know me.. now.. granted.. you're not coming here and I'm not going there..... so.. you might try the brand of exercise that I teach in your own home... "oh... this is what it's like for her. hee hee... you mean she really did that shimmy on stage and there were 2 people from her church in her class. LOL LOL. blush. giggle.. ". or you might try a recipe that is commonly available in my life... "ooh... that's what's it like. gross that's yucky... or oohh that's the best bread recipe I've ever tried.".... or you might find a song that i'm singing.... "oh.. ok.. she's an odd bird, but a nice bird to have around. God loves her.. ok.. bless her heart.. she's weird..."
now you know my culture.
it's like that with ECC. MFW put in little stuff that you get to bring a part of other people and other places into your home and get to know it.... you'll find it in the music, the crafts, the food (even the new cookbook they offer in the email blast this morning....) but until you hear, taste, touch those cultural things,... your children don't get it....
it's like taking someone from Hoosier country and placing them in a land where autumn colors don't happen...... where it goes from basketball to "hunting and fishing".... but in ECC you dont' have to move to experience it.
Postby cbollin » Mon Oct 22, 2012 8:26 am
thought of another way it has been for our family....... we sponsor a child through Compassion International.
The things that S (my compassion child) asks me in letters tells me the real things that children want to know about other places. And surprisingly the things that I'd like to know about him. Do you have this kind of food in your country? it's my favorite. (no.. I had to look up that food in a book. wow.. it looks like a dragon's eye. that's not grown here. It's not warm enough. we like something called strawberries, do you have those?)
Is it always hot where you live? Do you have shade trees to rest under in the summer? What do you do in your church at Easter? That's my favorite time at church. We celebrated our new years (in his country new years is a middle of spring holiday on our calendar.. sometimes right after easter) They do a lot with splashing of water at new years. I wrote him that hearing that holiday reminded me that Jesus is the living water. Then I told him our new year's holiday is in the middle of winter on our calendar and we don't toss water, we toss pieces of paper called confetti and drink juice with bubbles in the bottle.
It's stuff like that... and those little things are in books like A Trip around the World. you can do them as you read about them... or something in honor of them...
anyway... can you tell I just got a letter from my compassion child recently?
but it's in the little things in the books that add up... books like A Trip and Another Trip... the Wee Sing music.. the art/craft thingy.. you know... .more than the sum of the parts... do you have to have great library? it will help... book basket is part of mfw.