- December 30, 2017 at 12:35 PM #42301
Based on the 2017 year end price of silver, the book I’m recommending for teachers today is worth its weight in silver–approximately $100 U.S. At its selling price of $6.95, it’s quite a bargain.
Horse Stories from the Man Who Played with Sticks, by Johnny Ruhl (CLP, 2016) is one of those rare read-alouds that children of any age will enjoy, parents will appreciate even more (if they “get it,” and discerning teachers will find enlightening (if they extrapolate the applications). Each story is presented as though the author is addressing children gathered in front of a church congregation. Each tells the story of a colt, horse, or mule with habits that challenged any trainer. The story of how each was trained provides applications for parents and teachers. (After all, aren’t horses easier to train than children?)
A few snippets from the book include…
a. Horses can be trained to willingly obey promptly and cheerfully.
b. It’s much better to have a horse that will do as much as you allow than to have one who will do only as much as he must.
c. “What are you looking at–what has your attention?” “If he has your attention, he can take control.”
d. An individual horse can have a huge impact on a herd, for good or bad.
e. Experienced horses have tremendous potential to change the habits of others with bad habits.
I recommend that after you read each chapter, you try leading a discussion with your children or students to have them figure out why each successful approach to training worked. There’s nothing quite like discussing successful approaches to training with those who are actually in training. It would be good hear some students’ insights.
- January 7, 2018 at 6:39 PM #42863
Thank you for this recommendation. I own the book and really like the idea of reading it to the class and then inviting the students to give feedback. If students can in a less threatening setting (talking about horses) process these stories and voice their thoughts, the Holy Spirit will certainly water the seeds.
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