Published February 29, 2012
alternative education , education , globalization , green , health , homeschooling , homesteading , kids -- freedom and responsibility , local , minecraft , Sudbury Schools and Sudbury Valley School , unschooling , video games
Since we (as in… the world) is going to be in an ongoing struggle between globalization and re-localization for the foreseeable future, along with it’s impact on the education of our kids and ourselves, here are a few more links on the topic of woodworking with kids that I started back here. Nothing compares to the thrill my kids get of doing real things with their bodies — skiing, cooking, gardening, sawing logs, etc. (Except Minecraft. And Wild Kratts. And… well, you see the issue.)
So here we go.
- Kindergrarten Shop Class – NYTimes.com
Mar 30, 2011 – Teaching children construction is gaining momentum across the country as a way to develop imagination and confidence
- If you’re in the Boston area, Wood is Good occasionally offers classes for kids.
- And The Eliot School, Boston MA offers endless courses for kids including “Very Beginning Woodworking – age 4-6″
- In NC, go to “summer camp” with a 5-day workshop from Roy Underhill. Here’s an example
A few thoughts on the subject…
Minecraft and the Tinkering School (it’s a camp) have me inspired to use power tools and knives more with the kids.
Dad gave us kids toolboxes and tools and wood and glue as kids and that was cool. We all had swiss-army knives when we were little too.
Here is an example of tools and a workbench on offer at day care. Cool. I mean, as a SVS-aficionado and all, I think it should be up to kids whether they want to do anything with any of it, but having it available is nice too.
Ah well, anyway, I just wanted to collect a few links and articles and ideas floating around in my brain. Kiddos (all of us!) just love doing stuff that is REAL so much, that’s basically all I wanted to acknowledge. This is (one of the many) beauties of things like SVS, and cohousing. Can’t get more real than that! People living and doing stuff. Awesome!
- Life Size “Lincoln Logs” – still contrived. fancy “forts”? life-sized Magnatiles?
- The Agenda Restated by James Kunstler
- MAKE and Made by Hand: Searching for Meaning in a Throwaway World
- Story of building a harpischord at SVS (The Kingdom of Childhood: Growing Up at Sudbury Valley School By Daniel Greenberg, p136)
- 11 tools to get for your kids — a good list!
- http://woodgears.ca/ – has some nice beginner plans for woodworking
- simple solar projects are good places to start for DIY solar (see builditsolar.com for more…)