Introduction to the Handwork in Waldorf Homeschooling— Virtual Seminar Module

Introduction to the Handwork in Waldorf Homeschooling— Virtual Seminar Module

$150.00 ($100 for LE Families)


We will explore a different aspect of handwork each week— diving into the many ways that you can incorporate these skills into your Waldorf homeschooling program. Please note: this seminar is geared toward adults, it is not an art workshop for children.

Begins September 22nd for 5 consecutive Tuesdays
Workshop Time: 5:00-6:30p.m. PST

Presenter: Melanie Hatch

Week 1
Overview of the Significance of Handwork in Waldorf Homeschooling


An essential component of Waldorf education is the handwork curriculum. It informs the learner about the relationships we encounter in the material world.
Learn how to bring joy and intention into your child’s homeschool experience as we explore the many techniques practiced within the framework of these project -based experiences.
We will cover the materials your child will be using and why they matter, incorporating handwork projects into a weekly rhythm, verses that support the lesson, using stories to support development and ways we can support creative expression in our children. We will start by handwork bag.
Week 2
Knots and Needles in Waldorf Homeschooling.
Knitting in the early grades is a unique, curative and expansive experience for the Waldorf home-schooler. Making our own tools and caring for materials are all a part of the experience. Crossing the midline, following instructions and persistence deepens capacities in the student. This prepares the mind for more complicated tasks and supports the comprehension of your early reader. We will cover techniques and use storytelling to generate images to support skills. We will also touch on how to pair stories based on your child’s developmental stage with a variety of crafts.
Week 3
Helping Hands with Crochet and Clay
Waldorf supports a holistic approach to learning that encourages the natural development of the mind and spirit of the individual. The intent is to give young learners an experience of using their hands. With both crochet and clay, endless possible shapes are explored and re-imagined as these materials and techniques are explored. Handbuilding, brings ideas from our head to our hands; through our hearts becomes an essential meeting place where a capacity for stillness in the learner comes in service of the task. Foundations of a rich inner life become evident as physical forms more closely echo the artist’s desire and experience.
Week 4
Carding, Spinning and Dyeing
The evolution of technology that became the basis of clothing is explored and experienced. In this lesson, we will delve into the handwork practices and problem solving aspects that the curriculum addresses: sheltering ourselves, feeding ourselves and clothing ourselves. We will begin to create a space for our children to connect to the world around them.
Week 5
Shaping the World: Hand Stitching and Embellishment
From form to function we will be looking at addressing needs and purposes. As the needle passes through the fabric and materials are brought together for form and function, refinements, skills and engineering become center stage in consideration of a task. Giving the student opportunities in these endeavors creates capacities and deepens thought processes, sympathies and understanding our cultural tasks and contributions.
Finding and forging a path through personal expression, lays the foundation for confidence, and a joy for learning and work.