The Handwork teacher

I am a mother to two beautiful girls and I teach Handwork and Fine Arts in our local waldorf charter school in Arizona.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

waldorf 5th grade hat tutorial

go to a tube....that is NOT the way

5th needle comes into left hand loop and the yarn is in the right side needle
the first stitch brings them together in a circle....(it looks like a square)

first needle row is the old needle becomes the new working needle

using the European method: get 5 double pointed needles...make them or buy them

Cast on 16 stitches onto 4 needles (the 16th stitch transfers to the next needle) needle 4 cast on only 15. ... the 5th needle is the one that moves around

so a total of 60 stitches.

Once you have a big chain of needles with stitches you need to connect the two ends.
So using your 5th needle go under the fence ( your yarn is in your right hand) catch the sheep and now you have connected the 2 sides and you have a circle.

Start to knit and transfer every time the needle comes to the end.

tail has to be 2 yards long ..child yarn finger to nose 2x

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

grade projects

dmc thread #5

handwork bag material....I know we are suppose to use only white. but since i do not have hangers in my room for the children to hang their work. we put our work in a wicker basket and it is easier to see different colors in a basket.....I will tell you how it goes.

BUT...Dharma trading had some really good material in off white . Scenery Muslin #MUS9/10

I got linen from JOann Fabrics.
4th grade cross stitch in big rug material. this is for a fountain pen case. dark on outside and light on inside.
a gift for the new 1st grade teacher....snowwhite.
2nd grade water bottle project

Monday, July 28, 2008

I want this in my Handwork room

I saw this picture at Lupity lou's blog
and I just went nuts!
I just LOVE that it is their winter fair right now....its 120 degrees here right now

Thursday, July 24, 2008

sweet comments fill our hearts

The gifts I receive from children are not material items... they are compliments like this.

I went to school today to check on all the sewing machines and a woman came in to give them a fix over...thank GOD!

well while there I saw all the summer camp kids....they were ear to ear smiles full of hellos and
"look what I made this summer"

well the best was this ...
Child: "Do you know I am going to be a teacher when I grow up?"

Me: "what kind of teacher?"

Child: "A good teacher"

Me: " will you teach Big kids or small kids?"

Child: "I'm going to be you when I grow up"

MELT.........and a big hug!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

playing in NY with friends from Sunbridge

The Met

do you know how many strokes of paint is in this inch? about 60!

I was able to down load my pics so now you get to see what we were up to

Saturday, July 19, 2008

school's visited this summer

this building was build Anthroposophically correct
santa fe waldorf 3rd grade adobe house building project

santa fe waldorf kinder room
santa fe high school "great room" this is the social room where 4 other buildings are connected to....the high school students rotate through the 4 building in Blocks through out the year. they have no main lesson teacher like in the grades. this great room is their social has a ping pong table and has very high ceilings that carry noise. it seems to be a room where the children can "breathe"
santa fe high school...these are paper art done like tiles
taos toy store
Taos toy store
this is the enclosed play yard outside the toas toy store
this is the side of the grades building. Taos waldorf school

The Taos school with their Yurt Eurythmy room