Did you know that handwork helps children learn?
Handwork at Greenwich Steiner School forms an important part of the Steiner Waldorf Curriculum.
- Beginning already in earliest Kindergarten, children start with knitting and crochet and this continues throughout the Lower and Middle School. Knitting of course is already widely reputed to be calming and have therapeutic benefits for the developing child, as well as helping children to build skills for life.
- Later on in the school, children learn sewing, felting and woodwork, all of which help to forge pathways in the brain to support cognitive development. Knitting in particular is now understood to be an excellent preparation for learning computer coding.
- Have you ever considered just how much counting is involved in knitting or sewing? Both engage with all four basic mathematical processes and simple geometry. They help children to develop basic patterns, as well as the opportunity to strengthen good hand-eye co-ordination too!