So what children need most is a supply of tools, a supply of materials, examples to stimulate investigation, advice on how things can be best made, someone with eagle eyes and ears to oversee safe work (but without an overbearing manner), and a challenge offered for their growth (in both skill and character development). To be clear I'll put these same points as a list and address these points one by one over the next few days:
- Examples or models
- Ready advice
- Oversight for safety
- To be challenged in skill and character development
- To be encouraged to reflect
As far as philosophy is concerned, there is none better than the principles of educational sloyd, which I repeat again for the umpteenth time.
- Start with the interests of the child.
- Move from the known to the unknown
- From the easy to more difficult
- From the simple to the complex and
- From the concrete to the abstract.
Yesterday I did a thorough cleaning of my wood shop (with the help of a friend, Greg), and I received my advance copies of my new book Tiny Boxes.
Make, fix, create, and suggest that others may love learning likewise.