On November 14 and 15, Gail Langstroth returns to Spring Garden Waldorf School for a presentation and workshop on eurythmy and vowel sounds – the sounds of the soul. There will be an introduction and brief workshop on Friday, November 14, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The movement workshop will be Saturday, November 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with a lunch break from 12:00 to 1:30. The cost for both Friday and Saturday is $80. REGISTER HERE.
There are two opportunities to visit Spring Garden this November:
- The first is on Wednesday, November 12th, at 9 am for our In-session tour.
- During this tour, you’ll be guided through the grades to see our teachers and students as they learn in the Waldorf style. We will point out what makes Waldorf Education different as you experience it and can answer your questions as we tour.
- The second opportunity is Sunday, November 15th, at 1 pm for our traditional Open House.
- During this event, families can visit classrooms and speak with teachers, staff and current parents as they learn about Waldorf Education.
Click Here to Register for either of these events.
If you’d like more information before visiting, check out this video version of our in session tour as featured on the TV program, Sustainable Life.
- Nov 4: Cheese Quesadillas, Spanish brown rice, school garden vegetable, fruit salad
- Nov 18: To Be Announced
- Dec 2: To Be Announced
- Dec 9: To Be Announced
The standard lunch is $3.75. Hot Lunch Forms are available HERE: http://sgws.org/sgws-parents/forms/
by Caty Petersilge
If hand work has one ultimate purpose, it is to build students up in the direction of that knowledge until they no longer second guess their ability to create what they imagine. This takes a great deal of time and many accumulated successes, and confidence in one’s creations is a lifelong human pursuit. Consistently creating useful, beautiful objects with one’s own hands is a tangible and powerful support to this work, and giving those creations to others is fulfilling in even more far-reaching ways.
Here is a breakdown of handwork done, by grade, at Spring Garden Waldorf School.
Class One spends their first few weeks of school making two very important implements for handwork: a finger-knitted drawstring (for their handwork bag) and a pair of knitting needles. This is done in preparation for two days at the end of September when Class Eight comes down to join us for handwork class and teach their first grade buddies how to knit! This is an efficient and magical means of passing on such a nimble handicraft.
Class Two, having honed their knitting skills last year, begins this year by creating a thinner pair of knitting needles. Using these new tools, they knit their flute case, which holds their flute in second grade, and their recorder in third through eighth grade.
In Class Three, students get familiar with a new tool: the crochet hook. The students learn the single crochet stitch and make a ten stitch by ten row bookmark. Once this is completed, they will use the same stitch to make their pencil case. Later in the year, they will learn to crochet in the round and the students will make a pattern to grow a hat for themselves or a loved one.
Class Four, in preparation for their studies of Norse mythology, students do Norse knot work — creating bookmarks or bracelets from wool yarn. Students are also at the beginning of embroidery, learning the four basic stitches required to make a needle case, which will serve as a home for their needles as they work on their elephants in sixth grade.
Class Five knits toe-up socks in the round, which are certainly the most complex and difficult handwork the children have yet encountered. When the children finish their first pair of socks, they can choose to make a second pair or to create a pair of mittens.
Class Six sews elephants making use of the needle cases the students made in fourth grade. The elephant will be given as a gift to a younger friend, so special attention to detail is necessary where seams and stitches are concerned. Toys are meant to be loved and played with after all, so we must remind ourselves to make them durable!
Class Seven plunges into felt making, which comes at the perfect time for seventh graders, whose last few years of handwork have featured steadily smaller work and more fine motor skills. Felt making comes in as a breath of fresh air and gross motor skills, with hard work in the arms and shoulders forming a strong, grainless fabric.
Class Eight’s great work is to create a pair of flannel pajama pants using treadle sewing machines (they are studying the industrial revolution, so they are in a unique position to appreciate the difference these machines made in lives of people back then). We also pick up a paper craft skill: making Froebel stars. These sixteen pointed cousins to origami can be seen hanging from the ceiling in the handwork room.