Children gather considerable experience during Christmas time. As the students are allowed to gain different types of experience at the online handwork sessions, they will truly learn more memorable and interesting information about Christmas.
The second phase of the Online Handwork Sessions, provided the students with many opportunities to understand the real meaning and the feeling of Christmas similar to the first phase, but in a wider range and capacity.
Objectives of the sessions
The students dwelled upon a theory, which was brought forth by the famous philosopher John Dewey. He had mentioned that the children can learn best when they deeply engage with the material. He believed that this could be achieved by creating a practical curriculum that had relevance to students’ lives and experiences.
Accordingly, the students were provided with ample space to utilize their material and to overcome the enormous challenges faced during the processes of making the reindeer and the Christmas sock in a more vital manner.
Being vigilant about active engagement
Active engagement in different activities facilitates learning intensely while making mistakes. As the students engaged themselves in making the reindeer and the Christmas sock, they brought forth the concept of learning by doing. New techniques and methods used at these sessions became challenging for the students. At the end, the students became more creative, because they had the capacity to learn through their own mistakes and to gain knowledge actively, instead of being passive learners.
Gathering necessary material
The students were encouraged to collect different waste material such as garlic skin, red onion skin, toilet paper rolls, old pieces of cloth, used wrapping papers, disposable cups and chocolate wrappers etc. for the handwork. These waste materials were used for the handwork in order to instill the habit of recycling the material for new inventions.
Inculcating new techniques to be creative
The students drew and cut the relevant shapes using different coloured A4 papers and cloth by attentively listening to the given instructions while carefully watching the teacher. The students also carried out other activities like painting with fabric paint, colouring with crayons, collaging concentratively, pasting stickers and pasting waste material and cotton wool as necessary to complete the reindeer and the Christmas sock beautifully.