It all starts in those early years, as children progress through preschool, kindergarten and primary school. As with all forms of learning, there's no substitute for hands-on experience. That's why crafting is such an important part of an educational curriculum. Crafting projects are, at heart, a set of steps to follow and a series of tasks to complete—ideal for teaching children the basics of collaboration, cooperation and teamwork.
Tips and Takeaways
- Help younger students incorporate the concept of sharing into projects by dividing tasks among them. Each must complete their task in order for the group to achieve the finished project.
- Older students can start with a desired end product—and work together to decide how to achieve it. Here, the teacher acts as coach or mediator.
- More advanced students will be able to incorporate collaborative dialogue into the curriculum.
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