T is for Therapeutic Child Crafts

During this exploration into the ways children learn, I will be introducing various arts and crafts forms to young children such as Handcraft, experiential art where the children can immerse themselves into projects while using feelings in combination with colors. Current professional texts contributing to my field study are; Reading the Brain by Stanislas Dehaene, The Arts and Human Development by Howard Gardner, The Waldorf Hand Work & Craft Curriculum from www.pyrites.org, and Adhocism by Charles Jencks and Nathan Silver. I want to teach arts and crafts in a way that creates a deep fulfilling communication between each child’s head, heart, and hands that presents the child as a whole. Crafting can be an outlet for people who have trouble expressing their feelings by speaking or writing with words. I am drawn to how the child’s mind develops as one uses his or her strongest learning style. I understand even the strongest learning styles can also be disrupted during times of distress. These learning styles are auditory, visual, and kinesthetic. The arts have been an uplifting practice throughout my own childhood. I want to ultimately share arts and crafts studies within the preschool through elementary age children in an inclusive learning environment with this contract. I have learned how to incorporate experiences from previous college work.

Patience is not something easily found.  The desire is to understand how patience can affect the ambition to pursue goals. During this single Spring quarter of field study in the program, As Poetry Recycles Neurons, the student will incorporate how the program creates a series of guides through the words of various poets and neuroscientists to illuminate a more tactile handle on life’s endeavors. Practices of seminar passes and peer reviews will continue in Monday and Tuesday sessions. During this time of study, the student will enter the realm of consciousness and dig for the origins of patience by reading some poetry and neurological-scientific articles based on patience.  This study will be a branch from a tree developed in the program’s Winter quarter called T is for Therapeutic Child Crafts that involved sharing the craft of origami with others which requires patient practice itself. In a culture moving so fast, patience is not readily obtainable in some cases for some people.  It is will optimism and real time journaling of life activities with others that I, the student, will try to reach and obtain the element of patience so necessary in human development to next have the persistence to create a well-constructed sturdy path to walk upon in life.

Patience is the foundation for accomplishing a task with the highest quality. Crafting, craftsmanship, and creativity rely on patience for one to aspire to greater things and state of mind. This spring portion of my study will focus on the patience necessary for pursuing those aspirations with research about teaching methods, artists’ biographies, and neuropsychology.


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ABCs and 123s – weekly log and field notes

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Bachelardian Reverie

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Poetry Observed

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