Adapting the Classroom Craft Experience
for Home Schooling
In a classroom we usually work with a theme so that the teacher and students are all immersed in common or related activities, thoughts, conversations and artistic endeavours. In this way each individual student is supported by the striving of the whole group.
In craft, for example, the theme could be simple weaving.
The children will be inspired by the work of others and their thoughts and feelings will be a part of the common impulse of the group.
Songs and verses can help establish the atmosphere, but when the will of each individual in the group is engaged, the work becomes dynamic and creative. It is a bit like calling on the 'muse of weaving' to be present.
Everyone contributes to building a weaving ambience in the classroom which at the same time supports each student to do their own individual creative work. When there are several activities happening in the room the concentration and impulse is divided and individual creative work is often more difficult to achieve, so to this end we are developing themes so that all the children in the family can be included.
The same principle applies in any group activity including a family or group of home- schoolers. The theme chosen could include several levels of complexity and would provide a rich shared and inclusive experience for all. We are aiming to develop themes on 3 different levels such as for early, middle and late primary for home schooling. For kinder/prep children we can also include related activities.
Some themes we are developing are:
- Sewing and embroidery
- Simple Dolls
It will be an ongoing and exciting venture for us.
Margaret and Elizabeth
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