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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

CM Blog Carnival - Handicrafts {vol.1}

Welcome to the Handicrafts edition of 
the Charlotte Mason blog carnival!
"The report and the Natural Science and Handicrafts taught by our ex-students during the past five years is most cheering and encouraging. Not one handicraft seems to have fallen through. There has not been time yet for our Leather-embossing, Repousse and Woodcarving to work their way, but Book-binding, Cardboard-Sloyd and Basket-making seem to have succeeded very well. With regard to sloyd work, the fact that it encourages children to invent and carry out models of their own speaks greatly in its favor. It is the inventive faculty in children we all wish to encourage and cultivate. The same may be said of Basket-making. Children soon begin to invent their own patterns, and if along with pretty designs we get careful and accurate work the educational value of these employments soon shows itself."  
Parent's Review article, Our Work

AmblesideOnline presents Handicrafts

Serena@CastingPearls presents Adventures in Soap Making.

Barb presents Handicrafts- Appropriate and Essential for High School?, saying, "This was a really fun post to put together for the carnival. I hope that it inspires other families to make handicrafts an essential part of their homeschooling plans. Our family has definitely seen the benefits."

Nadene presents How Handicrafts and Life Skills Become Great Assets, saying, "Handicraft and life skills provide so much more than a craft or project!"

Amanda presents Why Include Handicrafts in Your Homeschool?

Angela England presents 5 Educational Activities in Your Backyard | Blissfully Domestic

Sarah presents Don't Break The Charm!

Mountaineer Country presents Living the Charlotte Mason Lifestyle.

Lanaya presents Handicraft.

Catherine presents Handicrafts.

Penney Douglas presents Kids and Crowns.

Rachael presents Handicrafts - Sewing.

amy in peru presents Handi-crafty Kids.

Naomi presents Handcraft Fair

SimpyCharlotteMason has an series of posts on Homeschool Handicrafts

Here are some Parent's Review articles I found useful:
On Some Aspects of Slojd
The Value of Art Training and Manual Work

Along with the handicrafts CM mentioned in her books and mentioned above is sloyd and admittedly, I have no idea what it is, except that it has to do with paper and wood. I haven't had time to actually read the articles I googled that I'm about to share with you, so you can research it at your own pace :)

Free books on sloyd... whatever sloyd is ;) heheh.
Elementary Sloyd and Whittling
Paper Sloyd: a handbook for primary grades


Please, as always, if you've posted on Handicrafts and would like to share your post, please feel free to link up in the comments!  :)

*Please Note: The next CM blog carnival will be in 4 weeks (7/26) - the Science of Relations.

**This concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of the charlotte mason blog carnival using our carnival submission form.


Melissa said...

These look great, Amy. I really hope to be more consistent in helping my kids stay on track with their woodworking this year! We need a dedicated space, and I hope to get it goin' in the next few weeks!

Thanks for putting this together!

Malgomaj, Sweden but now in Texas said...

Slöjd is just simply the swedish (and probably nordic) word for handicrafts. It is used both for textil- or soft- slöljd and for wood&metal- or hard- slöjd. It is required subject in nordic curricula usually for year 3-9 and often a possible elective in year 10-12. It usually have 60-90 minutes/week with one term soft-slöljd and one term hard-slöjd each school year.
In lower grades (pre-school trough second grade) most schools let the kids do crafts or "pyssel" (mostly paper crafts with scissors and glue) together with beginning art instruction (elementary pencil, crayon and brush technic)for "scrap booking" their studies, like a crafty variety of notebooking pages.

I guess nobody really thinks that slöjd is the most important subject in school, but on the other hand nobody thinks it should be taken away, since it is still regarded as mandantory to be able to mend your own cloths, build your own bird-house or rabbit-cage, sew or knit for your baby or at least for your grand-children ;)

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