As I was running through my blogs, I came across this article about how many of today's teenagers have never learned how to use simple tools.
Why Your Teenager Can't Use A Hammer
As humans developed, "The conversation between hand and brain grew more complex, too. We advanced to the unique ability to visualize an idea, then create that vision with our hands."
The article discusses how some engineering students at MIT can't estimate a problem without their computer and the college had to build remedial courses into their curriculum. It discusses how even architectural courses have had to add back to basics courses.
Our local Jr/Sr High School, due to a shrinking budget, cut shop class last year. How many of our children will never learn the skills necessary to build a simple birdhouse? What does this do to the thinking and reasoning process? What happens to the paths between hand, eye, and brain? And how can I combat this loss of skills in my own children?
Easy Carpentry Projects For Children by Jerome E. Leavitt can get us started. The book lists all the tools required to complete the projects. Every project is made from entirely from hand tools. Will it help a child learn patience and lose the need for immediate gratification when they must cut out the base of a simple sailboat with a coping saw? What about the intense pride of watching your own project float? The projects in this book are simple and do-able. It includes 15 easy-to follow-plans for projects like a bird feeder, clock shelf, candlesticks, a cart, and more.
Wouldn't a handmade candlestick holder, bird feeder, flower box, book rack, or shoeshine kit make great Christmas presents!?!
Lefty loosey, righty tighty?