Children love to create. And there has to be more to children's arts and crafts than paper, glue, and glitter.
You love your children's artwork, but you're overwhelmed with paper crafts and tired of throwing them away when the kids aren't looking.
You've been on Pinterest searching and searching for something (anything!) beyond the handprint Turkey placemat for a Thanksgiving craft. You're desperate for personalized Christmas gift ideas but want something more than a boring ornament or photo mug.
You want to spend time crafting with your child, but stringing noodle necklaces isn't quite your thing.
It's no secret that childhood flies by. With every trip around the sun, your child is one year older. There's incredible growth, big milestones, and the challenge of juggling it all without missing out on this precious time.
The early years are filled with the joy and wonder of discovering the world. When a baby discovers her hands for the first time, it's squeal-worthy! Then we have first words, first steps, and so many more wonderful celebrations.
Whatever parenting philosophy you follow, there is one secret to success that applies to all children: Your children need to spend quality time with you.
Instead of worrying about how many minutes we have in a day, let's focus on turning those minutes into memorable moments.
Finding a lull in the busyness of a day to share a quiet moment with your child is where beautiful moments take root. It's where great, honest conversations have the time and space to unfold.
We define ourselves by what we spend our time doing. There are so many opportunities to be distracted, and it takes intentional effort to carve out time for what matters the most.
Each month of Rooted Childhood contains a introductory section with everything you need to get started, You'll find 8 simple craft projects suitable for beginners with a detailed supply list, 3 whole food recipes, an idea for a family gathering/celebration, a story to tell aloud, seasonal poetry, songs and fingerplays, and picture book recommendations, all geared toward families with young children.
Each monthly collection acknowledges the changes taking place in the world and invites you look for new life and growth happening out in nature and inside your own home.
The Rooted Childhood monthly collections offer 12 months of craft projects and opportunities for connection. The collections are available for purchase as a complete year set, 3-month seasons, or single months.
Rooted Childhood is a digital product. You will receive a download link via email within 48 hours of purchase. Future months will be delivered via email on the 15th of the preceding month.
"We are careful not to dilute life..."
"We believe that children are human beings at their best and sweetest, but also at their weakest and least wise. We are careful not to dilute life for them, but to present such portions to them in such quantities as they can readily receive.” ~ Charlotte Mason
"Meaning hides in repetition..."
"Meaning hides in repetition: We do this every day or every week because it matters. We are connected by this thing we do together. We matter to one another. In the tapestry of childhood, what stands out is not the splashy, blow-out trip to Disneyland but the common threads that run throughout and repeat: the family dinners, nature walks, reading together at bedtime, Saturday morning pancakes.” ~ Kim John Payne, Simplicity Parenting
Rooted Childhood is a family resource for families with young children from 3-10 years old, though the projects are designed to be enjoyable with adjustments for kids from 0-99.
Handicrafts are meaningful projects that have value. They might be beautiful things to decorate our home, they might teach a useful skill that a child can use later on in life, or it might be something that becomes a lifelong hobby.
Rooted Childhood is a family resource designed to foster connection and meaningful relationships through handicrafts that can be utilized by a wide range of families. Homeschool families, stay-at-home-moms with little ones, families with parents working outside the home, and many other types of families would find value in the Rooted Childhood collection.
Each month of Rooted Childhood will include an introduction on how to use the Rooted Childhood materials plus 8 simple handicrafts, 3 recipes, and ideas for connecting with your child, including a family celebration or gathering, an original story for young children, seasonal poetry, songs and fingerplays, and picture book recommendations.
Rooted Childhood aims to provide a wide range of projects using a variety of materials. Skills include finger knitting, embroidery, sewing, cooking, paper crafting, watercolor painting, and more. Projects are designed to add beauty to the home and/or serve a useful purpose.
Rooted Childhood is designed as a family resource. We encourage you to set aside time to focus on handcrafts each week and work alongside your child. The caregiver should plan on spending time working on projects and allow the child to observe and engage when interested. The child's level of involvement will depend on their ability to focus and fine motor skill development.
No. Rooted Childhood is not a checklist or a curriculum. It's a process of connecting and creating. Memories aren't made with a checklist, they are made through time. We do encourage you to set aside time each week to work on your projects, but what and how much you complete will vary. The measure of success is not a completed project, but the connections of the heart.
The projects in Rooted Childhood are designed to make the most of what you already have on hand. No sewing machine or other major equipment required. Some projects do use materials that you may need to purchase, but these materials are staple tools for a variety of projects. Examples of tools/materials you might consider purchasing are felting needles, wool roving, tapestry needles, glass jars or vases, embroidery hoops, etc. A basic list to stock your cabinet and a supply list for each month is included.
The projects in Rooted Childhood are designed for beginners. Knowledge of basic sewing, embroidery, and finger knitting is helpful, but not required. Video links are provided for each skill so that you can learn independently and model for your child when working on Rooted Childhood projects.
Rooted Childhood is more than a list of crafts. It's an opportunity to create memories with your child through crafting and connecting. Each month features opportunities to reach your child's heart during those quiet moments in a day including an original story, poems, songs and finger plays, and picture book recommendations. Each month will also feature an idea for a family celebration or gathering that just might become your family's new favorite tradition.
Rooted Childhood is a faith-neutral resource. There are opportunities to incorporate your own faith in many of the celebrations and activities, but none of the projects, stories, songs, etc. contain remarkable faith-based elements. Some songs, stories, or poems may contain subtle, indirect references to a matter of faith, but care will be taken to keep this an inclusive resource.
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