1st Grade Handwork Curriculum

Full year of curriculum for only $165 USD

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Detailed, step by step videos for each skill and project

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Each handwork project comes with a step by step video walking you through to the finishing touches so you will feel confident bringing these skills to your children.

Move through the curriculum at your own pace

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Here at Waldorf Handwork Educators, we are keenly aware that every circumstance is different. Each parent or teacher brings different strengths to this work; each student will be met in different ways by engaging in handwork. Every child or class is unique. Treat this integrated curriculum as a guide and work through the reading materials and patterns at your own pace.

Stories, verses, and songs to sing together

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Young children learn best through their imagination. Stories, verses, and imagery bring handwork skills to life. This curriculum includes a full collection of 1st grade handwork songs to sing together including audio recordings and sheet music by Jodie Jean Marston.

15 "How To" videos set you up for teaching success

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Our "How To" Videos will walk you step by step through each project and skill including:

  • Making Knitting Needles 

  • Casting On

  • Casting Off

  • Knitting

  • Problem Solving

  • Picking Up Dropped Stitches

  • Dealing with Extra Stitches

  • Changing Colors

  • Knit 2 Together

  • Counting Rows

  • And so much more....

50+ pages of in depth teaching guidance

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Learn how, when, and why to teach handwork to your children. We bring a deep insight into child development, the foundations of Waldorf pedagogy, managing time, materials, expectations, and much more.

Seasonal Projects

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Handwork is so much more than just knitting! Here you will find a wide variety of age appropriate seasonal and festival projects to sprinkle in throughout the year.

Written by experienced handwork teachers

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The most comprehensive Handwork Curriculum available anywhere! Written by experienced Waldorf Handwork teachers with over 50 years of combined teaching experience. A full year of in depth curriculum. Click HERE to learn more about who WHE are.

Free preview sample instructional videos and read the full overview of how to use this curriculum guide

The Knit Stitch
How to Cast On
How to Use This 1st Grade Handwork Curriculum Guide
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Congratulations! You are embarking on an exciting, challenging, incredibly rewarding journey with your child, your children, or your students. Treat this guide as a guide, it is NOT a must-do list; it is NOT a course to work through step by step.

Here at Waldorf Handwork Educators, we are keenly aware that every circumstance is different. Each parent or teacher brings different strengths to this work; each student will be met in different ways by engaging in handwork; each project, even if you follow the same instructions, will find its own unique style. Your geographic location will both provide and require differing modifications and will offer different inspiration; available supplies may limit and dictate innovation or will stimulate adaptations. For this reason, our supplies list recommends what we have found to be high quality and reliable, but we also encourage you to source local alternatives. You will find a written doc explaining the value of natural materials. 

Patterns and instructional videos are at the heart of this curriculum guide, and at the same time, we offer you many short written pieces to highlight and introduce you to the foundations of Waldorf pedagogy – the why, when, how, and what of this child-centered approach to learning and the profound value of handwork in this integrated curriculum designed to fully support your child’s optimal development of head, heart, and hands.


Where to start?

Treat this curriculum guide as a celebratory buffet – look it over, browse around until you find something interesting, then explore that for a while. It will probably lead you on to something else. Perhaps enjoy this phase of exploration before delving into the patterns and instructional videos. The written materials are drawn from our combined 50+ years of successful teaching and studying Waldorf pedagogy and will help you navigate the challenging and joyful work of teaching. The patterns are well tested and well loved by children throughout the world. Some are traditional Waldorf patterns, known and loved for generations in Waldorf schools around the world; some are our own innovations, but all are based on the same understanding of child development and appropriate for a 1st grader (or thereabouts).


How many of these projects should we do?

Do not expect to work through all of these patterns! Even experienced teachers would be very unlikely to manage that. Remember this is a celebratory buffet, not a to-do task list which must be accomplished. Your child may well like to make a little family of bunnies, for example, or may not be interested in another of the projects. Our goal as teachers is to empower our students with a sense of delight and competence, and we know we have succeeded if our students want to do more. You will find helpful guides to selecting, introducing and pacing work with your children.

Written patterns and instructions are listed with related instructional videos, and we have provided a library of basic ‘how-to’s for reference.

Where can I find help?

We will be offering periodic live check-ins, dates tbd, if you have purchased a curriculum. Waldorf Handwork Educators also offers conferences in spring and summer, as well as an ongoing rotation of skills classes. Check and register for our mailing list to learn more, and to hear about handwork curriculums for additional grades as they become available.


We hope you will enjoy teaching handwork as much as we do!

Congratulations again and thank you for buying this extensive handwork curriculum guide.


If you have any questions about the 1st Grade Handwork Curriculum, please feel free to reach out to us at

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Reviews of 1st Grade Handwork Curriculum:

"Your pairing of PDF patterns with How-To videos is perfection, and creates opportunities for all kinds of learners to participate."

Robyn Beaufoy Wolfe

Co-Founder Waldorfish : art + resources for teachers and families.

"If you were on a desert island and wanted to teach handwork to a group of children, you couldn’t do better than enrolling in the WHE Handwork Curriculum course and starting with the focus on the first grade.  However, you don’t have to be on a desert island. Anywhere that you are located, you may wish to work with a group of children and show them the way.


You will be armed with a treasure trove that would allow you to understand the relationship between child development and handwork, how handwork integrates with other subjects, strengthens the child’s will and helps children create items of beauty and usefulness. This course will explain why you are doing each project. You will find clear directions how to proceed, as well as verses and stories to help the children use their imagination, and so much more. Next you will be led to what projects you can do. You will have a choice of many different projects just right for the first grade. If you need help, there are videos clearly showing you what to do. It is as if you have a friendly partner, modeling, explaining, and helping you along the way.


Although the program offers specific instructions how to keep the children’s attention, and how to carry out the activity, you are also given a great deal of freedom how to shape your classes.


This course is not only for teachers in a homeschool environment. It is useful for any teacher who wishes to deepen their understanding of what, how, and why handwork serves the child. And just a little secret, it is also very helpful for adults who want to develop their own relationship to handwork, who will follow the whole course through the grades, and experience the journey of self- enrichment. Elizabeth Seward and Shellie Smith have designed this course based on years of experience teaching children and teachers. What a great contribution to sharing handwork with children!"

Betty Staley

Waldorf educator, international lecturer and consultant, and author