can help a child understand concepts and express their own understanding
of a subject. Children learn as they do. Confucius said,"I hear
and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand."
With art projects, the learning is in the doing. The projects featured
on this website were developed for children in the primary grades of a
Jewish religious school. These projects can be adapted for older ages or
children with special needs. The projects can be used in Jewish educational
setting or at home; they can be used by non-Jews to expand cultural awareness;
projects can be adapted to a non-Jewish theme-for instance, the Tzedakah
(charity) boxes can have a different decorative theme, to reflect a specific
charity or cause.
Children learn what they do. People learn in a variety of ways. Some people
are visual learners, while other favor their auditory senses, while others
much "do" to absorb and retain new information. As educators,
teachers and parents, we must recognize that we all have a favored way
of acquiring new information and that those who we are working with may
have different learning styles that we do. We may find that we "teach" in
the style we prefer to learn in ourselves. "Our style" my not
necessarily be the style that best suits our learners.