The Kindergarteners at Westmont have been busy learning the Practical Life skill of sewing. Although this may seem like an extra, unimportant skill for six-year-olds to have, there are many amazing learning opportunities for children who engage in this task.
- Handwriting ability is directly correlated to hand dexterity and hand-eye coordination which can be strengthened with hand stitching and threading needles
- Sewing is not an immediate-gratification activity, patience is learned as fabric slowly transforms
- Mathematical concepts such as measurement and geometry are honed as children visualize how a pattern can be used and even created for their project
- A greater appreciation for the work involved in making the things around them (houses, food, furniture, etc.) inspires more question and wonderment
- Pride and accomplishment from doing "real" work with a real purpose