My friend Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez, director of North Bennet St. School produced the video above. Nice job explaining the difference between sloyd and vocational education. The use of the hands is crucial to the expansion of intelligence for all children. Seeing this short video reminds me that I need to produce my own.
In reference to my earlier post, this is from Froebel:
...(Intelligence) begins in the working and application at the moment when the child perceives outward impressions decidedly, that is, discriminates between light and darkness. The mother must already have taught the child to observe everything, to separate everything which comes within the circle of his life, before the peculiar moment of time when the development of language begins.Now we know that even before children make their first uttered sounds they have been preparing the foundation for discourse. The intelligent use of the hands gives them something to talk about, and for the parents to discuss with them.