My Child Will Learn to Knit?

» Posted by on Feb 28, 2013 in Curriculum, Research | 3 comments

KnittingKnitting and handwork is a subject in Waldorf of equal importance to Music and Spanish and the other special subjects. Wonder why? Learn to knit! It requires counting, fine motor skills, spatial awareness and multilateral thinking. Best of all, unlike a math worksheet, this math lesson, a pattern of weaving and intertwining multiple rows, layers, and numbers according to formula, results in a beautiful and functional piece of art. Something each child is truly proud of having made.

Waldorf Educator / Guru Eugene Swartz discusses this topic in full here at Millenial Child.com.

Here is an excerpt from after the click:

“Needles are held in both hands, with each hand assigned it’s respective activity; laterality is immediately established, as well as the eye’s control over the hand. The right needle must enter a fairly tightly wound loop of yarn On the left needle, weave through it and pull it away, in the process of tying a knot. Only a steady and controlled hand can perform such a feat, so the power of concentration is aroused . . .”

3 Comments

  1. I am so thankful that I was taught how to knit at Spring Garden! It’s a skill that I find is special and unique that many of my peers don’t know how to do. Knitting helps me relax and be stress free after a long day at school. I had so many people asking how to knit I started up a club at my high school!

  2. I know I was told the theory behind this when we were looking at Spring Garden, but it really helps to read posts like this as a reminder of just how integrated the curriculum really is.

  3. The math that children perform as they knit also changes as developmentally appropriate, from simply counting stitches and rows in the first grade to multiplying fractions as they calculate the number of stitches to cast on for their socks in fifth grade. There is so much else to be learned from knitting!

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