Over the past month or so, we’ve had a big family project going on. Actually, it was a big extended-family project. My mother recently purchased a house, but it needed some cosmetic work. Actually, it needed a lot of cosmetic work. Walls were taken down and new flooring and carpeting was put in; in fact, a whole new room was created from a carport. And while it involved long weekend hours and a lot of hard work, it also involved all of my children. And a lot of hands-on learning.
Learning New Skills
Needless to say, we didn’t get much schoolwork done on the Fridays leading up to the work weekends. But the children learned so much! My oldest son had the opportunity to work beside his uncles, cutting wood, building a subfloor, hanging drywall, and putting up trim. My daughters worked hard scraping wallpaper, getting up old carpet glue, and painting walls and doors. Even my youngest, just nine years old, was right in there with us, scraping, painting, measuring, hammering – whatever anyone told him to do. When an extra pair of hands was needed, he was ready.
What a learning experience it was! Not only did the children build relationships with extended family, they all did things they had never done before. They all learned new skills and experienced a hard day’s work (actually, many hard days’ work). They also grew in confidence, something that was most apparent in my youngest.
During a season that keeps us indoors much of the time, it was such a good project to work on.
What hands-on activities has your family been doing lately?
Photo by ttcopley