Unit VIII The Worlds of Work and Play
Lesson 2 Home Work
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By examining domestic work, skills,
and crafts, you uncover traditional learning in
your own home and daily life. You can identify experts at home and in the region
whose skills contribute to building family life and community. Domestic crafts vary
from home to home and regionally, and you will study domestic crafts around the
state. You will examine how gender and age relate to domestic work and
analyze where you fit in the scheme of work around the home.
Work around the home is an integral
part of domestic and family
folklife, conveying skills, values, ways of behaving, responsibility, and
connectedness . Gender and age often play a big role in assignment of tasks
and responsibilities. Households harbor master craftspeople, cooks, repair
experts , caregivers, musicians, or gardeners. Children learn traditionally by
observation and imitation from everyone in their households. Some domestic
skills are overlooked as areas of expertise or dismissed as "women's work"
yet require practice, patience, and skill , whether baking biscuits, building a
shed , tatting lace, or managing a scout troop. As in work outside the home,
elements of play enter domestic work as well. Quilting can be entertaining as
well as useful; building something by hand is satisfying; telling stories while
doing household chores makes the work go faster; planning and tending a
garden offers year-round aesthetic and practical rewards .