A Charlotte Mason Handicrafts Lesson

A Charlotte Mason Handicrafts Lesson

charlotte mason handicrafts lesson
charlotte mason handicrafts lesson

Before we begin A Charlotte Mason Handicrafts Lesson …

First, I explain why I’m focusing subject by subject. Also, I include Charlotte Mason quotes because I find her original lectures on education to be awe inspiring and helpful.

Next, please keep reading to see the break down of implementing lessons, the schedule, and resources I’m using that fit our family. Finally, I share the wealth of quality Charlotte Mason resources I have found helpful, from those mothers who have gone before me.

PREPARING THE FEAST

“Our aim in education is to give a full life. We owe it to them to initiate an immense number of interests.” (Mason, vol. 3)

There are MANY subjects included in a Charlotte Mason education because she believed in spreading a wide feast. Sometimes, it feels a bit daunting for a new homeschooling mama.

Therefore, I’m attempting to learn, digest, and absorb how I’m going to be teaching each subject. I have decided to compose a blog post on each subject for Form 1B (roughly first grade). This will help me prepare to teach my oldest son in the Fall.

“Every day, every hour, the parents are either passively or actively forming those habits in their children upon which, more than upon anything else, future character and conduct depend.” (Mason, vol. 6)

 

Boys in the kitchen strawberry jam
Boys in the kitchen strawberry jam

 

A Charlotte Mason Handicrafts Lesson

WHAT

The first time I heard about Charlotte Mason was when I took a “What Style Homeschool Teacher are You?” type quiz. When I received Charlotte Mason as my top choice, I initially thought handicrafts…that can’t be right. So, I took a different homeschool quiz and got the same results! Eventually, I knew in my heart that Charlotte Mason was the right way to go to teach my children, but handicrafts still had me a bit nervous.

“The Handicrafts best fitted for children under nine seem to me to be chair-caning, carton-work, basket-work, smyrna rugs, Japanese curtains, carving in cork, samples of coarse canvas showing a variety of stitches, easy needlework, knitting (big needles and wool), etc.” (Mason, vol. 1)

This sounds almost like a foreign language to me, therefore I’m preparing to use a few resources to get us started. Since I feel inexperienced in the art of handicrafts, I’m choosing to keep things simple in our first year. I’m focusing on what I know. Yet, I’m also including some recommended resources for learning new skills.

WHAT WE ARE USING

First, we will begin with a few household chores. Then, we will add in basic beginning handicrafts such as: paper folding or origami.

 

MY BEGINNING SELECTIONS

  • House Chores
    • We will first focus on these skills: make beds, brush teeth, set the table, clear the table, help with food prep, fold and put away laundry, and help feed dogs.
  • Cooking and Baking
    • Then, we will make bread, muffins, cupcakes, cookies, and learn simple meal prep.
      • I used to own a Cupcake Shop, and I LOVE to make healthy meal for my family, therefore, I feel super comfortable to begin with this!
  • Caring for a small, Container Garden
  • Origami and Paper Folding using The Art of Chinese Paper Folding by Maying Soong
  • Christmas Advent Activities and Gift Making such as: making candles, making Christmas ornaments, homemade garland, making Christmas cookies etc. I’m going to use Slow and Sacred Advent and Exploring Nature Curriculum with Children  for some ideas.

 

beginning sewing button craft
beginning sewing button craft

WHY

Handicrafts bring delight and beauty to the person who makes them. It is also suggested to make homemade Christmas gifts during the first and second terms. By providing this act of service to neighbors or others in need, it brings joy to those that receive the gifts. Charlotte Mason was a big believer in teaching a child to serve others, since Jesus served others.

Learning handicrafts additionally builds skills useful to the child.  The goal is not to create a “construction paper” type project that will be discarded hastily as quickly as it was made.  Instead, handicrafts aim to provide something that can be used or cherished by the child or a friend forever.

Finally, as many Charlotte Mason subjects do, handicrafts bring beauty, physical knowledge, and joy to the child as he creates the craft.

WHEN

Charlotte Mason describes the Handicrafts Lesson as occurring five times a week, for twenty minutes each lesson. Also, Handicraft Lessons additionally typically continued during the afternoons, following morning lessons.

“…Handicrafts and Drills-which should form a regular part of a child’s daily life.” (Mason, vol. 1)

 

charlotte mason handicrafts lesson
charlotte mason handicrafts lesson

HOW

“The points to be born in mind in children’s handicrafts are: (a) that they should not be employed in the making futilities such as pea and stick work, paper mats, and the like; (b) that they should be taught slowly and carefully what they are to do; (c) that slipshod work should not be allowed; (d) and that, therefore, the children’s work should be kept well within their compass.” (Mason, vol. 1)

  • First, handicrafts provide a meaningful purpose and skill for the child.
  • Second, children are taught the craft in slow, manageable chunks. This cuts down on frustrations with the child, and enables him to slowly and carefully progress in the project.
  • Third, hasty and careless work should not be accepted.
  • Finally, the child’s work should be appropriate.
charlotte mason handicrafts lesson
charlotte mason handicrafts lesson

FAVORITE RESOURCES

Finally, I have come across some outstanding resources in learning about a Charlotte Mason education. I’m so happy to share them with you! Some of these are sources I return to daily because I’m preparing to teach my children. Additionally, I list specific resources for a Charlotte Mason Handicrafts Lesson.

GENERAL CHARLOTTE MASON RESOURCES

CHARLOTTE MASON HANDICRAFTS LESSON RESOURCES

OUR PICKS

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Thank you so much for checking in! Finally, please stay tuned for the next ‘A Charlotte Mason Subject Lesson’ post.

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All of the quotes mentioned in this blog post, come from Home Education by Charlotte Mason. The Living Press published my favorite version of her books. Finally, I TRULY recommend any parent read Charlotte Mason’s books! They are truly treasured words I believe I will be reading and re-reading for many years to come.

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