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Any other Waldorf Handwork Teachers out there?

 
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Hi all my name is Cathy and I'm a fiber artist in NE Arkansas.  I'm currently in a Waldorf Handwork Teacher training program and was wondering if there were any other handwork teachers out there?  
 
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Hi!
My name is Thea and I've been teaching handwork for almost 20 years, though I haven't done Waldorf teacher training, as I don't make enough to afford it.
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Oh, I wish I were! I love the Waldorf teaching philosophy, but also did not have the money to spend another year on top of my normal teachers cetification to be a Waldorf teacher. I do make Waldorf-esk needle felting and pipecleaner fairies. I even made Paul Wheaton and Jocelyn Campbell Waldorf-esk figures. I'd love to know more about Waldorf handwork!
 
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Welcome, Cathy!

For those of us who only know generally about Waldorf as alternative schools inspired by Rudolph Steiner, could you please tell us about Waldorf Handwork?

-CK
 
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Chris Kott wrote:Welcome, Cathy!

For those of us who only know generally about Waldorf as alternative schools inspired by Rudolph Steiner, could you please tell us about Waldorf Handwork?

-CK


Handwork is part of the curriculum in Waldorf schools. Children have regular handwork classes as part of their education from first grade on. They learn knitting, crochet, embroidery, hand sewing, machine sewing and more. The handwork curriculum, like the rest of the Waldorf curriculum, is intended to meet the children where they are in their development. For example, the skills that are strengthened by learning to knit in first grade are many of the same ones needed to learn to read. It also often connects with what they are learning in other parts of their education, such as in eighth grade, when they study the industrial revolution, and also transition from sewing by hand to using a sewing machine.
 
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Thanks Thea for the great explanation of what we handwork teachers do!  Nicole, here is a link to the teacher training program I am enrolled in.  It's really a great program and I'm glad I am doing it, I worked as an assistant to the lead handwork teacher at my daughter's Waldorf school when we lived in CO and I loved it.  I wanted to get the certification so that I could be a lead teacher myself.  https://www.fibercraftstudio.org/applied-arts-program
 
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