In the past three meetings, Living Learning Children have been busy making their own Filipino Christmas Parol. A paról is an ornamental, star-shaped Christmas lantern that you often see hung all over the Philippines during the Christmas season. It is traditionally made out of bamboo and paper, with a dominant star design. The design evokes the Star of Bethlehem that guided the three magi’s to the manger.
“The child is only educated who can use his hands as truly as his head, for to neglect one part of our being injures the whole, and the learned book-worm who is ignorant of the uses of a screwdriver, also lacks that readiness and resourcefulness, mental neatness and capability, and reverence for labour and its results, which a knowledge of practical matter gives.
Again we know that the human hand is a wonderful and exquisite instrument to be used in a hundred movements exacting delicacy, direction and force; every such movement is a cause of joy as it leads to the pleasure of execution and the triumph of success. We begin to understand this and make some efforts to train the young in the deft handling of tools and the practice of handicrafts.” – Charlotte Mason
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