If you have been reading this blog for some time, have you wondered, "What is the House of the Book?"
I began sharing this term more publicly as I began building the Foundation Builder Guide organization on the website HouseoftheBook.org. Well, I had been asking what this term meant for quite some time and I discovered an answer. In the book, Teach the Children by Neil Flinders, a Hebrew verses Greek educational model is described. It is clearly shown that the purpose of educating children from the Hebrew perspective, was to help children grow in faith-filled character towards the service that God would call them to. This model is also a Servant-Leadership way. Beit HaSafer or The House of the Book was the name of the first school a child attended on this Hebraic, heart-centered, servant leadership path. More importantly, the sole curriculum used was the Books of Moses or the Old Testament.
As I put lots of effort to understand, asking and writing deliberately about it, I have been taught and have come to understand what the "House of the Book" really was. The words which came into my mind one morning were, Developing the House on Foundational Principles. Oh how sweet and clarifying they have been to me!
Have you heard of The House of Learning?
Another principle I was taught over these years has been of the House of Learning. I started with organizing this blog with tabs and I was realizing each tab had a theme of different rooms in my own house. I have always called my family room, The Learning Closet and of course I have my Herbal Cabinet. Well, a wonderful friend came into my life and started teaching me of what she saw - small houses with different elements in each house. Her reaction when she saw my blog for the first time was a silent wondering look. I began teaching my Symbolic Hebrew classes - Discovering God through Symbol & Story, called The Way Up The Mountain at first, and we worked together on a Healing Retreat putting her 'houses vision' in action. Afterwards, I turned and began working on a totally new project when another friend invited me to put my Symbolic Hebrew classes into a Women and Mothers program. After that year I had a deep impression upon my heart that I was building "The House" with all the little "houses/rooms" in the form of different subjects or Environments and a reframing of the scaffolding through returning to a study of the Original Source language of the Bible. I understood this was significant because of a dream I had had of my future baby girl whom I was birthing whose name I knew was Eliza Beit, Beit meaning "The House" in Hebrew. So, I went with that name assuming it went along with the House of the Book. About a month later I awoke with the word "of learning" in my mind.
Oh, did that make sense because the second school a Jewish child attended was called the House of Learning. Even though the Jewish people may have literally utilized this term in a physical school, through this God-led journey of study, mentors, simulation and field experience (see A Thomas Jefferson Education by Oliver DeMille), I have come to understand and know that the House of Learning is a term describing an entire organic learning process that Unlocks the Chambers within a person's heart and soul. This process, if really traveled, and founded upon solid and true principles, brings forward an individual's Genius or Divine Nature which involves bringing out creativity, innovation and the Artist within. It is a perfect time for this as we are now raising up the Artist Generation for the next First Turning!
Organic Environments & Materials as well as using our Hebrew Way "Skills of Discovery." Engaging with these Healing Arts will show you a House of Learning! (If you would like a free PDF article on these Healing Arts, let me know you are interested on the link in the RIGHT sidebar.)
House of the Book and House of Learning Translated into English
The Foundation Builder Guide was designed with these "Houses" in mind. And, it does even more by helping establish our House of Study, but let's save that for another post. It creates an environment for the woman &/or mother to learn the Hebraic Principles of Creation which are a major part of our life whether we realize it or not and gently guides her in becoming the kind of leader, mentor, teacher and facilitator required in Servant-Leadership. As I have discovered on my journey and have been sharing here, these principles show us the "Way Up the Mountain." For those of you whose life is already founded on Jesus Christ, these principles add more clarity and understanding to us about His Gospel. For those who are not already connected with Him, they can offer you to see the order and Creator of our Universe. If the Mother desires, she can then apply these principles in her nurturing of her children through playful projects, storytelling, singing & dancing, devotionals, discovery activities covering all subjects, simulations and other classic stories.
The Foundation Builder Guide also encourages mother's to incorporate the Organic Environments & Materials which teach to all 8 of the different "multiple intelligences." The more parents, teachers and mentors bring these environment and materials, the more they will be helping to unlocking the Genius of their children and anyone they influence.
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