“People who are unable to use their hands skillfully for all kinds of work, will not become good thinkers and will behave awkwardly in life. It is not the head alone, but the whole human being that is a logician. Activities demanding manual and bodily skill, such as knitting, leads to the enhancement of the faculty of judgment.” 

Rudolf Steiner

Handwork in Primary School

Handwork in the early years meets children in the world of goodness through creating projects that are natural, beautiful, useful and good.

The practice of handwork at Willunga Waldorf School involves weaving recorder cases and knitting bunnies and chickens in Class 1 before knitting gnome beanies and dolls in Class 2. Crocheting is introduced in Class 3 when the students crochet their own poncho and chair cushion. Students are also shown the natural process of dyeing wool. In Class 4 the students learn to cross stitch, which they turn into a pencil case. In Class 5 the students learn Fair isle knitting and knitting in the round.


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