Monday, May 02, 2016

guitar boxes

You can see that in the wood shop yesterday, I made boxes for guitar bodies. I can make these parts of box guitars rather quickly, so I'll have several guitars finished in a matter of weeks.

Last night I heard one of my guitars played  by a professional musician, and it was a pleasure to see it in action and see it sold for a good price to benefit an artist friend who has been ill.

I am making far too many guitars, and a bit uncertain what I'll do with all of them. If you are regularly working with your hands and mind, you become less clumsy at it, work with greater care, but less effort and greater speed. To work with greatest speed and efficiency also requires that you start young.

Yesterday's post, At Home in Your Bunny Slippers, was a particularly important one because it described the reason that hands-on learning is particularly important from the standpoint of the brain. When students do real things, hands-on, all the other senses are involved also. With four separate brain processing areas for auditory, visual, tactile, and body motor functions, you can see how information received hands-on, occupies greater mind, integrated between separate parts of the brain, thus offering learning at greater depth and to greater lasting effect. That is one of the very important points of this blog.

Today at Clear Spring School, my 4th, 5th and 6th grade students will finish their birdhouses, and we will practice whittling in preparation for their spring camping trip.

Make, fix, create, and extend to others the love of learning likewise.

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