Working to create and build with natural materials fosters well-being in children. Through handwork, children learn resourcefulness and expand their view of themselves as capable beings.
Research shows us that all children need to gain tools to re-center themselves and self-regulate in order for success across all areas of school. Handwork is the most effective way we have found to introduce children to these lifelong skills.
Children learn about beauty, color, and form while engaging their fingers in ways that build their creative thinking. Sight, touch, movement, balance are some of the senses children strengthen when doing handwork.
Handwork expectations change as children’s development allows. For example, our younger children will explore liquid watercolors with droppers or stitch using a frame, while our older children will weave, knit, whittle, or create elaborate wooden structures. All of these activities ground children in their own abilities and serve as a common language for building classroom community.