Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Today at Homeschool Group Learning, the theme was knitting and crochet.
I am not adept at these things ( surprise, surprise!) . I do, however, know a few Waldorf education inspired wool crafts for children.
So, I taught a few young children how to
finger knit. This site also shares a simple story and verses related to finger knitting. And some easy projects.
We graduated to basic knitting with coloured pencils, in lieu of knitting needles. Felt very rustic.
And if you are very adventurous you and the children can even make your own knitting needles.
Thomas and Anthony made poms poms. Wouldn't they look good as Christmas tree ornaments, in the Christmas colours above?
Alexander undertook a project in French knitting. Yes, knitting. I know what you are thinking. :-)
What did we learn while knitting?
Apart from hand eye co-ordination and creativity, we learned to be at peace.
There is something very restful about the rhythmic flow of finger knitting, for example - and about the conversations that flow when adults and children sit together to undertake a simple, quiet craft.
A teacher reflects on knitting with her sixth grade class.
Lessons learned. Personal reflections. Poignant.
A taste - "Last night three of our students and their mother were murdered. Five weeks ago, another sixth grade student was killed by gunfire. We are all in a state of shock. So in art today, I gave the kids the choice between knitting
and doing free drawing as a way to express feelings. Although a few said
they wanted to draw in their sketchbooks, none of them did. They all
knitted. Interesting. I knit when I'm upset or stressed, as a therapeutic
activity. It seems they are making the same choice. We talked about how
knitting could be healing and soothing (once you know what you're doing). "