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Last Minute Christmas Gifts to Make: Fibre Craft Idea

Last Minute Christmas Gifts to Make: Fibre Craft Idea

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I know many of my fellow homeschoolers also knit or crochet with their children, like I do. Even if you don’t, here is an idea for a last-minute Christmas gift to make: a “crochet” necklace.  It only uses a crochet chain, which is VERY easy for anyone to do, even a young child.  (I recommend looking up a video how-to on Youtube if you don’t know what that means). My 7 year old is helping me make some necklaces as gifts and it only takes as little as 10 minutes, depending on how elabourate a necklace you want.

Here is a great website full of various free patterns, complete with photos, for your crochet necklace:
http://www.numei.com/crochetpatterns_ladderribbonnecklace.htm

We used Patons Evita 100% cotton yarn and a 10mm crochet hook, but you can choose from any of the yarns and hooks on the website. We also chose to knot the very ends and use a large bead (instead of braiding) so that it can slide up and down to make the necklace longer or shorter.

We’ve been making mostly homemade gifts this year, from knitting to weaving, to jewelery-making.

What last minute Christmas gifts to make have you been working on this year?

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

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Encouraging Your Child’s Passions

My children, as all children do, often get asked what they want to be when they grow up. My 12 year old son’s response is “an actor/writer/director/chef.” My 7 year old daughter’s response is usually a bit similar, but longer, “a dancer/singer/actor/artist/birdwatcher.”

We truly want my children to work hard toward doing what they love for a living. We want them to nurture and use their God-given talents. We both do, even though it wasn’t easy getting started. I love teaching and always have, so I enjoy both homeschooling and teaching music in my home. My husband loves numbers and he is an accountant, and he also loves writing so he spends his free snatches of time writing fiction.

When our son showed interest in writing stories, we encouraged him to participate in Nanowrimo every year and we even encouraged him to try and write a submission for an anthology here in Cape Breton this year, but he wasn’t finished in time to meet the deadline (maybe next year).

We put him in his first acting class when he was 4, then moved when he was 8 years old and found the most amazing drama school, Class Acts Drama. Since then he’s been incredibly absorbed in acting, even participating in various community theatre productions, as well as the Kiwanis Festival of Speech & Drama (in which he received a few awards/trophies last year). Since he is so serious about acting, I insisted he give dance another try (I had made a mistake about which studio I put him in when he was little and he hadn’t liked it), and he now loves dance, which is a great skill to have when you’re acting. Our son has always been interested in cooking, and we encouraged him to do more and more on his own until at age 6 he was making pancakes all by himself, and not long after, cooking entire meals. We encourage him to experiment, and he has improved on recipes in delicious ways.

Our daughter showed her love of dance at an early age. At age 1, just shy of her 2nd birthday, she watched The Nutcracker on tv with me – but “watch” isn’t quite the word, since she danced with the dancers the whole time. When she was 3, we started her in dance lessons. To this day she doesn’t sit still when watching videos of ballet or other dance, she emulates the dance moves. She dances in our home almost constantly, and my teaching studio nicely doubles as a dance studio – I put mirrors up on the walls just for her.

We sing a lot in our home, often initiated by my daughter. Her Music For Young Children lessons involve singing, and she loves that – we also volunteered her to be one of the children in Jacob Two-Two last year when my son got the lead role. We still sing those songs together. This is her second year taking drama lessons, and this year she was old enough to take a musical theatre class which she adores! When our daughter isn’t dancing, she’s usually drawing. If she isn’t drawing mermaids or people, our little fashion designer is drawing fanciful fashions. Since she started adding that she wants to be a birdwatcher to her list of what she wants to be, we bought her a pair of binoculars for Christmas, and she was thrilled.

We’ve always watched our children for signs of talent or interest in any given area and then give them the opportunity to participate in activities involving those talents/interests. Sometimes we will decide to expose them to something that we have a feeling they’ll like based on their personality. At times, money has been lean and we’ve had to ask them to decide which activities are their favourite. We also encourage them both to consider any crafts or things they like to do as possible entrepreneurial opportunities. For instance, my son loves making chainmail and jewelery, and we are working towards setting him up with his own online store. My children are very artsy and ambitious, and I love that about them 🙂

Love, Luck &
Laughter,