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Handwork Curriculum Guides

Do you need help with teaching handwork? Are you a new teacher, or an experienced teacher who wants to explore more? A homeschooler? Offering after-school enrichment? Are you wondering how to set realistic and developmentally appropriate goals? Are you looking for more ways to bring imagination, images, music and movement into your handwork classes?

Handwork will offer a balance to academic learning. Children see tangible results of their success and the rhythmical, repetitive, movements will provide a respite from everyday challenges and troubles children might experience. Three-dimensional thinking and problem- solving, perseverance, and focus will strengthen the foundations for academic excellence.

Even if you don't know how to knit. This guide will teach you so you can teach your children. Build up your skills and feel confident in sharing handwork with your own children or a whole class.

We will help you and guide you in selecting appropriate projects; setting the students up for success; pacing your teaching; staying ahead of the skills you will be teaching and so much more! We provide background information on child development and the foundations of the handwork curriculum; grade-level patterns accompanied by step-by-step videos; teaching strategies; classroom management; and practical tips on managing time, resources, and expectations which will support you in your teaching all year long. 

Learn from Elizabeth and Shellie with 50+ years of combined successful – and joyful – experience teaching Waldorf-informed handwork in public, private, and homeschool settings. We also offer online skills courses and professional development, as well as a two-year handwork teacher training program.

 

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1st Grade Curriculum

  • How-to videos set you up for success. Everything you need from casting on to casting off and problem solving.

  • 16 handwork projects - including seasonal and extra projects - to carry the handwork curriculum through the whole school year.

  • Detailed, step by step videos for each skill and project.

  •  50+ pages of in depth teaching guidance.

  • Stories, verses, and songs to sing together.

  • Regular price $165 USD

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2nd Grade Curriculum

  • Designed to meet a wide variety of skill levels from very beginning knitting to advanced 2nd grade and beginner crochet.

  • How-to videos set you up for success. Everything you need from casting on to knitting, purling, and problem solving.

  • 21 handwork projects - including seasonal and extra projects - to carry the handwork curriculum through the whole school year.

  • Detailed, step by step videos for each skill and project.

  • 50+ pages of in depth teaching guidance.

  • Stories, verses, and songs to sing together.

  • Regular price $165 USD 

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3rd Grade Curriculum

  • 3rd grade is the biggest year in handwork!

  • Everything you need to teach crochet, carding, spinning, weaving, natural dyes, & wet felting to carry the handwork curriculum through the whole school year

  • Step-by-step videos walk you through best practices for teaching these new skills and setting your children up for success

  • 100 + pages of in depth teaching guidance

  • Child development, the 9 year change, managing expectations, the rhythm of teaching, and class management

  • Stories, verses, games, and songs to sing together

  • Regular price $195 USD 

Reviews for WHE Handwork Curriculum:

"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."

Betty Staley

Waldorf educator, international lecturer and consultant, and author

Be sure to check out our online video library for more handwork resources!

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