Our first handicraft link-up, “Learning by Hand in Charlotte’s Workshop”, will be posted on Thursday (of course, feel free to submit posts you’ve written previously as well). And feel free to grab the shiny new button for the handicraft link-up (above, or also to the side).
Optional topic for January/February:
Why take the time to teach handicrafts to children? Why are crafts and hand-work still important in our modern, mechanized society?
What counts as a handicraft?
Per Charlotte Mason, it should be something useful, worthwhile, that a child or teen can make.
For our purposes, I am defining this broadly as working with the hands. Paper sloyd and clay modelling are wonderful and should be included, as can first aid and cooking. Charlotte mentions several things, including charity work in her programs (these are the oldest students):
Do some definite house or garden work. … Needlecraft … [D]esign and make a garment. Darn and mend garments from the wash each week … Cooking … See also tests under Scouting … First Aid … Housecraft … Make a garment for the “Save the Children Fund”
Here are some additional ideas:
- Crochet (with a hook or with the fingers)
- Knitting, loom knitting
- Wood burning (older children)
- Leather crafting or tooling
- Wood carving
- Paper sloyd
- Clay modeling, sculpting, carving
- Carpentry, home repairs
So if your child is making (or repairing) a useful product with their hands, take a picture or write a few words (or both!) and link-up! If you can instruct others in a skill, or found a wonderful new resource, please link-up and share.
Some housekeeping and a question:
Amy at Fisher Academy graciously hosts the Charlotte Mason blog carnival. She is featuring entries from the previous month, announcing the new month’s (optional) topic, and publishing the link-up in one post. I really like this idea, because I think it will result in maximum exposure and be the most reader-friendly. So I’ll be taking this same approach.
Now for a question: what would help you the most in implementing handicrafts in your home? What is the biggest hurdle you need to overcome? Please comment and let me know what you want to see here.