{VIDEO} Fibre Arts & Academics Go Hand in Hand

The Making Lessons - Handwork Homeschool

In this video,
I get a bit excited about how handwork can affect our
minds & bodies – (it’s so amazing)…
& if it sounds like I’m sitting beside a waterfall,
it’s because I am !

Did you miss Video #1 ?  It’s HERE

What are The Making Lessons ?

Boys Knit - The Making Lessons - Handwork Homeschool

A Live, Easy & Inspiring Course

NOTE : The Spring 2014 Session
of The Making Lessons

Click HERE to learn all about
the 2016 session

The Making Lessons - Handwork Homeschool

This unique course is designed to lead you through clearly outlined steps which will help you feel more creative & confident when teaching children to “think with their hands”.

Delivered over 5 weeks, this Self-Paced course is taught via easy-to-follow lessons; each brimming with inspiring ideas & supported by up-to-date research about the fabulous effects handwork has on our children’s brains & bodies.

This course is Live.  It will grow & change as we move through it.  I will be planning projects for my own children along with you (I’ll show you how & what I’m doing).

And …

Many new students have been sending me their children’s ages & names. I’ve started tweaking the course with them in mind. It’s all part of the fun!

We are going to be creating some wonderful things & exploring exciting new ways to teach children to make their world.

Wet Felting - The Making Lessons - Handwork Homeschool

Discover an
Unique & Flexible Approach
to Handwork Lesson Design

I have been a professional designer, maker & teacher for 30 years.

Handwork has been my passion since I can remember & now I am finally sharing my flexible approach to designing handwork lessons & projects for children.

You’ll discover how these techniques will simplify your planning & help you feel more confident & relaxed about including handwork in your everyday lessons.

Are The Making Lessons right for me?

You’ll enjoy coming along for this creative course if you:

•  like to think for yourself, draw from many sources & then translate your ideas              into a rich & exciting curriculum for your children
•  have so many ideas you don’t know where to start when it comes to handwork         projects
•  teach children aged 4 – 9  (approximately kindergarten to grade 3)
•  want support & guidance when planning your projects


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What will I get ?

From the first lessons, you’ll be learning new ways of thinking about handwork & how important it is for your children (& you!).  You’ll feel your own creativity stirring as ideas start to surface & before you know it, you’ll have more than you’ve ever thought possible.

Once you have completed the course, you will be able to mold this approach, adapt it, make it yours – so that you can quickly & easily write lesson plans & design projects for any age child(ren) using any curriculum – for years to come.

Finally, you’ll have everything at your fingertips, all in one place!

Fulled Wool - Handwork Homeschool

The Making Lessons feature :

•  Real-time feedback – ask me & I’ll answer YOUR questions
•  Specific steps for you to follow during each lesson
•  Slidecasts, text & audios – choose your favourite way to learn
•  Lots of inspiring images (many from my own projects & archives – 25+ years worth)
•  Simple templates to get you going on your own handwork projects

During the course, you’ll create your own Handwork Sourcebook which you will be able to refer to over & over again.


You’ll save many, many hours of searching & gathering information online.  You’ll also save lots of $$$ because I’ll tell you which books, materials & tools I think really worth buying.

Handwork Activities - Handwork Homeschool

Printables Galore !

I have created an huge array of easy to use PDFs  specifically for this course, including :

•   Guided exercises & short readings for you to reflect on
•   Handy worksheets, tables & forms to print & use immediately
•   Shopping Lists for materials, tools, resources ( including FREEBIES)
•   Checklists for preparing lessons (have everything ready BEFORE you teach)
•   Charts & Calendars (festivals, handwork skills lists for kindergarten to grade 3)
•   Basic starter patterns & templates
•   Annotated book lists (my core resources & I’ll tell you why)


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How are The Making Lessons taught?

Creating anything is always a multi-faceted endeavour which rarely starts at just one point.  It’s so easy to get caught up in the planning & dreaming.  Often, we miss getting to the making stage!

As a homeschooling/work-at-home/designing mother, I know how challenging it can be to find a long stretch of time to myself (pretty much impossible), so The Making Lessons are clear, short & filled with solid content.

Knit Pond - Handwork Homeschool

Mix + Match + Create = Enjoy

You can spend as long as you want browsing, choosing
& sampling anything that takes your fancy.

Listen, watch & do at your own pace.

Once a lesson is posted, it’s ready when you are!

Testimonial - The Making Lessons - Handwork Homeschool

Everything is presented in 7 multi-media lessons –

Lesson 1 – Why Handwork Matters
•  how it affects children’s heads, hearts & hands
•  how handwork is brain smart
•  how the course works
•  how to get the most out of this opportunity

Lesson 2 – Collecting Ideas & Content
the powerful places to integrate handwork into your curriculum
(“Handwork Integration 101”)
•  how to annotate books & sites – easily remember where you found topics & ideas 

Lesson 3 – Inspiration
•  where to find it & what to do with it once you’ve got some
•  create your own personalized Handwork Sourcebook
how to create “look boards” for yourself & with your kids

Lesson 4  – Skills & Projects
general overview of age appropriate handwork skills
•  observing & assessing your child’s skills
•  assessing your own skill levels – define YOUR unique making talents
•  learning new skills – how, when & where
•  types of projects – gifts, toys, dolls, teaching tools, décor, contemplative
•  explore tools, materials, vocabulary & basic skills for the major fibre arts

Lesson 5 – Creating your own “Handwork Studio”
collecting the right materials & tools
•  building your own library of books & other resources
•  when & what to buy
•  what NOT to buy
•  how to work with YOUR budget

Lesson 6 – Teaching Handwork
•  tips for designing engaging lessons
•  create your own individualized craft guide & lesson planner
•  easy to follow techniques with examples of simple lesson plans
•  tips for building confidence, maintaining motivation & making it fun
•  how to create an environment that enhances the handwork experience
•  how to vary lessons—make them easier, extend them
•  enjoy the lesson you’re teaching without worrying how you’re going to present it
•  working with multi-age groups

Lesson 7 – Making Handwork Memories
Record – making sample books, storing finished work
Report – how to tie new handwork skills into academic topics
Share your children’s work with school inspectors, friends & family

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Bonuses :

♥  I’ll post lists of my favourite inspirational blogs & websites
♥  You can share & explore the course with the other participants by leaving comments on        the private course forum.

Math Gnomes - The Making Lessons - Handwork Homeschool


This all sounds great, but what about….

you may have some questions about your situation & how The Making Lessons can work for you.

You can indulge in this short, practical course

— even if  :

•  you don’t follow a Waldorf/Steiner based curriculum (everyone is welcome)
•  you don’t know a lot about handwork yet (everybody has to start somewhere !)
•  you use a mix of curriculums & packages(customization is the name of the game)
•  you don’t have a whack o’ cash lying around for mounds of supplies  (who does?)
•  you teach a mixed age group of children  (projects can be even more fun)
•  you teach in a professional setting  (this approach will simplify your planning)
•  your kids are really little (start learning & gathering inspiration now)
•  your kids go to school but you’d like to enrich their lives with beautiful things
•  you keep trying to add handwork into your days but can’t seem to find the time

It’s possible for anyone to benefit from this course if you are willing to read a bit, think a little & try some new things along the way.

Drawing - The Making Lessons - Handwork Homeschool

*** This is the course I wish had existed when I ***
started homeschooling so many years ago.


Want to bring handwork to your children
with me along to help you
every step of the way?

I live ( & love) this stuff –

I read/design/teach/make constantly —it’s my thing !

Click HERE for more info about the 2016 Session.

I hope to meet you soon !


P.S.  Go ahead & EMAIL me if you have any questions !

Miss Video # 1 ?  Go HERE!!



One Response to {VIDEO} Fibre Arts & Academics Go Hand in Hand

  1. Reblogged this on Waldorf Salad and Cottage Fries and commented:
    I have done an e-course with Elizabeth and I thoroughly enjoyed it. For someone who does not do handwork Elizabeth’s e-course gave me the confidence to create some of her easy to follow projects. Make sure to sign up today; so you don’t miss the opportunity to work with Elizabeth:)


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