Recently I have embarked on a new homeschooling journey.
After hearing numerous times about the Waldorf method of teaching and learning, I decided to try it out for myself.
Our homeschool has always been an eclectic mix of what our children need at the time.
I was drawn to the Waldorf method because it integrates so much of nature, puts a high emphasis on free play and outside play, and the celebration of holidays throughout the year.
I am going to show you what this has looked like in our homeschool in five lessons.
This is the final lesson, and it is all about Handwork.
What is Handwork?
Handwork includes knitting, crocheting, hand sewing, embroidery, cross stitch, wet felting, paper crafts and machine sewing.
Benefits of Handwork
Research shows a connection between fine motor skills and brain development.
Activities such as knitting or crocheting also involve using both sides of the brain.
Handwork also builds readiness for reading and writing, teaches traditional arts, and helps us all slow down.
Eye tracking and numeracy are also skills used when doing handwork.
A Great Starting Point with Handwork
On our family’s Waldorf journey, we have been receiving guidance from Melisa Neilson with Waldorf Essentials.
A great starting point to learning handwork would be to check out the 52 Weeks of Handwork series.
Handwork Ideas for Kids
This idea is perfect for younger students, but I will use with all of my children since we are new to handwork.
This is an overview of handwork ideas through the years of Waldorf.
This is a perfect first or introductory lesson in sewing.
Handwork Ideas for Adults
How Handwork Helps You Hold the Space
If you missed my post on holding the space, click here to see what this is all about.
Holding the space requires your presence and your energy.
Electronics are energy sucking devices. They take away your time and your energy and your presence.
I have learned that when I am holding the space I have to leave the electronics behind. The computer and the phone stays out of the area where we are learning and playing.
I keep my hands busy with knitting or embroidery or reading.
Here is my first attempt at knitting. I have never done anything like this before. It is all brand new for me.
For me, these help me hold the space.
What handwork project will you start on today?
And if you have any other handwork ideas, please comment below. I would love to try something new.