Handwork = Your Holistic Homeschool Helper

You want to give your child the best education you can.

Perhaps, it’s one of the main reasons you are homeschooling.  You know your child better than anyone else in the world & you KNOW they are one-of-a-kind!  You’ve tried a lot of things & it didn’t take long to figure out teaching your child is not as simple as buying a boxed-curriculum & starting on Page ONE.


where do you start when faced with tweaking a curriculum to fit or maybe even creating your own from the bottom up?


Handwork to the rescue!


Holistic Curriculum Handwork Homeschool


Becoming a Handwork Healer

Recently, I stumbled across a life-changing definition.

Let me tell you how it happened…

I’d been wrangling with myself over my life-long love of making .  Yes, it’s great to be creative, that wasn’t the issue.  It was the fact that I knew there had to be more to working with your hands than just knitting or sewing or indulging in a hobby.

Of course, when you finish a project you can proudly point to it & say:

“Look what I made!”

Somewhere, deep down, I knew there was more happening while I knit than just some yarn being thrown around a needle several thousand times.


For more than 30 years, I’ve studied, contemplated, made a ton of things & taught thousands of people. I know we learn with our hands & that doing manual things can change how you feel physically & emotionally since I’d experienced that unmistakable meditative state you can enter while making, many times. Lately, I’ve come across a lot of research pointing to the healing aspects of creative Hands ON pursuits.

So, I tried to link those together to come up with an answer.

Walking along by the lake one day, I laid out what I knew.

I know I’m a teacher –
I teach my children and
I teach others so they can teach THEIR children


the healing part didn’t sit quite right with me.
I would NEVER have called myself a healer
– until I looked up HEAL in the thesaurus –

Some related words include –

  • nourish
  • interlace
  • knit
  • sew
  • soothe
  • connect
  • unite
  • to tend

AND reading on, I discovered that

HEAL is derived from the word WHOLE
(it literally means to make whole)

– my eyes widened & I scribbled notes ferociously

  • entire
  • complete
  • intact
  • healthy
  • fit
  • well
  • knit (again!)
  • sew (again!)
  • weave
  • spin….

Suddenly, I realized that when I work to bring disparate ideas & activities
together to create a holistic (whole) curriculum for my children

– I am working as a HEALER !


Healing Effects of Handwork - Handwork Homeschool


The bells rang & the stars shimmered  –

You could have knocked me over with a twist of roving…

Healers had always been those who worked with people’s health – in my mind –
they were medical or alternative doctors or practitioners.

I was not one of them.

Never in a million years would I have considered homeschooling
my children & sharing the fibre arts with them as acts of healing!

Until NOW…

Healing, in my (NEW) opinion, is about creating a homeschool
& lifestyle that brings information & projects together in a
fresh, (W)HOLISTIC way

One that speaks to my children’s heads, hearts & hands,
allowing them to become who they are meant to be, day by day.

When I made my momentous Handwork Discovery, the Handwork terms
sprinkled throughout the HEAL & WHOLE definitions did not escape my notice!

I already knew that the intersection of art, craft & science – where Handwork happily sits -is the perfect place to start building a strong foundation for our homeschool.

Now, I’m determined to place Handwork where it belongs
neatly in the middle of my children’s education.

Have you ever had one of those moments when you know that
everything is finally coming together?

Having the ability to see where you can align your curriculum with
your child’s needs & interests is one that is within your reach.

I’ll bet you never use your curriculum exactly as it’s written
– that’s because it wasn’t created for YOUR child!

You don’t have to start from scratch if you want to make it suit your
child’s needs more closely – including handwork in your child’s day
can take as little as 15 minutes!


– that’s not a lot of time for a whole lot of return…!


When You Include
Handwork in your Homeschool,
You Can:


 Give your child –

the confidence to trust in himself by teaching him how to make
beautiful & useful things.

SECURITY comes from knowing that you can provide for yourself & others.

 Give your child –

the peace that comes from sitting quietly & enjoying a rhythmic activity.

A calm body frees up energy for being ENGAGED in the world
& loving those around you.

 Give your child –

the capacity to understand her academic lessons more readily because her
brain’s neural pathways are strong & flexible
as a result of
well-chosen handwork projects.

All those tiny stitches in a simple knit project are working BRAIN MAGIC – messages are flashing back & fortheach time smoothing & paving the
way to faster memory & retrieval skills!


It’s Time We All Started

Helping Children Make Their World !

Make Stuff ♥ Be Happy!


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Elizabeth des Roches BIO