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Handicrafts from a Developmental Approach

Learn a handicraft from a developmental approach! Amy Bodkin, EdS, is a Special Needs Consultant for homeschooling families. All of Amy’s classes are taught from a developmental approach.

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Handicrafts from a Developmental Approach

Recorded class with Special Needs Consultant, Amy Bodkin, EdS

Learn a handicraft from a developmental approach! Amy Bodkin, EdS, is the Special Needs Consultant at A Charlotte Mason Plenary and an advocate for children with special needs at

Amy is uniquely qualified when it comes to teaching children with a wide range of developmental needs and subjects that emphasize “doing.” She strongly believes that families benefit – not from achieving perfection individually in an individual handicraft skill – but from deepening their relationships with the materials, techniques, and, most importantly, each other.

All of her classes are taught from a developmental approach and are open to the entire family, regardless of age or developmental level. You can learn more about Amy Bodkin here.

Amy Bodkin, EdS - Special Needs Homeschool Consultant


My favorite part of teaching handicrafts is helping children develop a relationship with different kinds of materials and techniques so they can use their creativity to come up with their own unique projects! Children are ready for different skills at different times. My daughter was using real tools by the time she was 3 years old, but my son wasn’t able to use a hammer until he was 10 years old.

Therefore, I will provide a wide range of options so that the entire family can participate in developing a relationship with wood and how we can work with it using manual hand tools.

Project options include: string art, stool, sanding block, tic-tac-toe, pencil holder, candle holder, toy blocks, toy boat, cross cut box, and box.


  • Schedule / Access to Class Recordings and Class Forum: 2022 Spring Semester Jan. 17th – April 30th
    • Go at your own pace in this pre-recorded class and still be able to interact with Amy in the class forum if you have any questions!
  • Number of Recorded Classes: 7
    • Project options during the 7 classes include: string art, stool, sanding block, tic-tac-toe, pencil holder, candle holder, toy blocks, toy boat, cross cut box, and box.
  • Co-op Member Price: $35
  • Non-Member Price: $65

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REQUIRED MATERIALS (not included):

You MUST have safety glasses or goggles that fit for each child and the following tools for the family to share: hammer, screwdrivers, handsaw, coping saw, tape measure, combination square, clamps, manual drill and bits. It is preferable to have smaller sized tools to make them easier to handle correctly.

If you do not know what to get, I recommend these three sets (we will learn to use everything included in the following three sets):

OPTIONAL MATERIALS (not included):

  • You will need wood, nails, screws, sand paper, glue, and finish, but the amount and type is optional. Options will be provided for each project.
  • Toy tool sets for children not yet ready to use real tools. It can be fun to learn to identify the tools and how they are used.
  • Book: Woodshop 101 for Kids 

Register for woodworking fun today! 


All online classes, whether Live or Recorded, offer access to the class forum where you can interact with the instructor. You will have access to the class and the instructor for the full semester. 

You may register for a class with or without joining The Charlotte Mason Co-op. However, please note that Co-op Members enjoy many benefits including:

  • Discounted prices on classes and CM merchandise
  • Full access to the Private Co-op Area of the Forum
  • Co-op “Gatherings” that include Mom’s Afternoon Tea, CM Study Sessions, Homeschool Planning Sessions, Book Clubs, etc.
  • See the full list of benefits here

When you register for a class and/or the co-op, you will be required to take the following steps:

  1. Fill out a Registration Form – your account status will be pending until your Registration Form has been received and approved. Please note that, after checkout, you will receive an email from rachel @ with the link to fill out the Registration Form.
  2. Read and agree to The Charlotte Mason Online Classes Handbook.
  3. Join the Forum – you can find the forum here:



Both new Members and Non-Members of The Charlotte Mason Co-op will be required to fill out and submit a Registration Form and must read and agree to the rules stated within The Charlotte Mason Online Classes Handbook. All Members and Non-Members status will be pending until they are approved and admitted to the Forum and any classes. Any violation of the rules within the Handbook are grounds for removal from The Charlotte Mason Co-op, the Forum, and all classes. A Charlotte Mason Plenary LLC reserves the right to deny access to classes, the forum, and any memberships to anyone at our sole discretion. Cancellations / non-payments of your monthly Co-op Membership fee will un-enroll you in any classes in which you registered for within the Membership. No refunds will be given for co-op fees or class registration fees. No refunds will be offered for classes lost due to cancellation or non-payment of your Membership.

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2 reviews for Introduction to Woodworking

  1. Stacie Satery (verified owner)

    We LOVE any time we get to spend with Amy! Learning Woodworking with her was an added bonus! The kids learned so many new (practical!) skills and they have beautiful projects to show for their hard work. Thankful for Amy’s guidance, patience and enthusiasm… and thankful that The Plenary was able to offer a virtual class on a handicraft topic that I felt super intimidated by!

  2. Angela Gunning (verified owner)

    My 13 year old daughter is taking Amy’s Woodworking 2 class and loves it! Amy is engaging, communicates clearly and connects very well with children of all ages and capabilities. Wonderful class!

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