Why (And How) Children Should be Making Their Own Tools

Carol Palmer

The power of handwork and tools in connecting the second plane child to the physical and cultural environment 

This presentation by Carol Palmer demonstrates how the making of tools will bring children’s understanding of design and appreciation of human efforts to a whole new level. Participants will come to understand how important making tools is to both the creative and the educational process, and how it is intrinsically related to Cosmic Education. 

During the presentation, Carol demonstrates how children can make simple tools for use in their own Handwork, allowing guides to apply their learning immediately in their environments. This presentation is suitable for complete Handwork newbies as well as seasoned creatives.

A certificate of completion for 1 hour is provided. Learn more about certificates here.

You will learn:

● How to increase children’s understanding of design and appreciation of human efforts.

● Methods for creating deeper connections between the tools that we use and our physical and cultural environments.
● Ways to examine the purpose or origin of the design elements in early tools.
● How to make inexpensive and simple tools with easily sourced materials.

"Carol Palmer is passionate, knowledgeable, and real. She gives so much great advice and she makes you feel confident that you can do this with your students. I can't wait to integrate toolmaking into my curriculum. I can see ho wit will be so meaningful for the students in the present and help to build them into competent, curious adults in the future." -Cathy Johanni

"This video was illustrative of the ingenuity we can spark in our students minds. It is conceptually more helpful than the knowledge of the mechanism of creating the tools themselves." - Judith Joice

Carol Palmer

Originally from the UK, Carol now lives in New Zealand. She completed her AMI training in 2015 and currently teaches 6-12 year olds as well as presenting various webinars, workshops and conferences, both live and virtual. In addition to Montessori she is passionate about the importance of Handwork in education and strives to inspire and facilitate others within the Montessori community to include more Handwork in their educational practice. Carol is the author of The Work of Wool – A Montessori Handwork Album and she shares stories, lessons and ideas on her blog, MontessoriHandwork.com. You can find her on social media @MontessoriHandwork

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?

This is a pre-recorded video presentation. You will gain access to the video as soon as you register. You have access for one year and you may watch at your convenience, as often as you wish, during that time.

Is this appropriate for parents?

The principles in this webinar can certainly be applied by parents. However, most of the examples used will be for a classroom setting and will reflect the student-teacher dynamic. We will not be addressing parents' needs specifically.


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