Handicrafts and art instruction can be studied by the whole family together. We recommend focusing on one handicraft or one aspect of art instruction per term, making a total of three per year.
Handicrafts & Life Skills
We like to include life skills along with handicrafts, because many skills fit into both categories. Here is a list of possible handicrafts and life skills that you might teach your children. Our Handicrafts Made Simple video series is a good resource to help your children (and you) learn a new-to-you handicraft.
Weaving pot holders
Changing a car tire
Changing a lightbulb
Checking the car’s oil
Cleaning: mirrors, sinks, toilets, tubs and showers, baseboards
Clearing the table
Driving a car
Drying: clothes, dishes
Folding: clothes, towels, sheets
Mowing the lawn
Organizing: closets, cupboards, sheds, attics
Painting a room
Setting the table
Sweeping the floor
Washing: clothes, dishes, windows, car
Life Skills but also Business Skills
Tracking personal finances
Creating a Masterpiece DVDs teach several different media (pastel, pencil drawing, ink, sculpture, watercolor, acrylic painting) on several levels.
Notes on Handicrafts & Art Instruction
Each of these areas allows for a wide variation in skill level, so all your children can be focused on the same craft or medium but progressing at each individual’s level.
Since these lessons can sometimes take a bit longer, you might schedule them during the afternoon after the regular schoolwork lessons are done.