This old Sampler was hanging on the wall of a home I was recently in. It got me thinking about how we used to teach – make it real and make it count.
I am certainly not advocating that we return to the days of girls being educated in sewing and cooking only – with only peripheral attention to other academics at best. But if you put history in context, these were skills that girls needed to survive. So, what do girls – and boys – need today to survive? What counts? What it authentic?
With a major holiday tomorrow in the United States, and many holidays approaching world wide, what are some things that children could authentically do to learn and grow? Children need to be able to read, write, calculate, and understand our place in the world. They need to be computer literate. They need to be able to evaluate information being presented to them. They need to think for themselves.
For Thanksgiving tomorrow, they won’t be stitching samplers, well I am guessing most won’t, but they can be reading recipes and helping with the cooking for Thanksgiving. Perhaps they will be adding favorite ingredients to recipes, or creating homemade centerpieces. And with many families not able to gather due to the pandemic, perhaps they can think of creative ways to include those they are separated from.
Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate this holiday tomorrow. And Happy Holiday Season to everyone!