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.

Friday, December 10, 2010

5th grade socks and 10th grade FIne Arts

Our last day of 5th grade Handwork next week  the kids will wear their socks, drink Hot coco and play monopoly

  My 10th grade is doing great in their Fine Arts class. So happy with their progress in Acrylic art Media

Sunday, December 5, 2010


My semester is coming to an end so I have a little time to put up an update

All the children in the 5th grade advanced knitting group finished their socks 2 weeks prior to the end of school.
All 7th graders finished their slippers 3 weeks prior to the end of school

The 6th grade tunics hogged way too much time from the handwork curriculum that I had already set in motion. not all will finish their marionettes and we will not be able to put on a show.

This sunset picture is from my Kitchen window.....beautiful! It almost looks like a tacky poster from the 80's

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Saturday, October 30, 2010

first grade

My first graders classroom. She is so happy!!!! I love it!

Check out what cool things this woman is doing

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Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal

Cantaloupe sized pumpkins, also known as sugar pumpkins, are truly great for baking. We took the most amazing combination of oats and spices and then baked them right inside the pumpkin. It’s so easy to make, it looks absolutely beautiful and tastes even better.

My kid assisted by scooping all the seeds and stringy bits out of the pumpkin and also selected which ingredients we’d include inside. You can really add anything you like to the oats – dried fruit, nuts, maple syrup. You name it. No matter what you pick, I can guarantee it’ will taste like fall.

When the oatmeal is done you can put this beautiful pumpkin right in the center of the breakfast table. Bellissimo! When doling out scoops be sure to scrape up some of that baked pumpkin goodness with the spiced oatmeal. Now for the recipe…

Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal
Prep Time: 15 mins  Cooking Time: 40 mins to 1 hour
2 sugar pumpkins
1 tablespoon melted butter or canola oil
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 cups old fashioned oats
1 egg
3/4 to 1 cup lowfat milk (depending on how milky you like your oatmeal)
1 granny smith apple (peeled + diced small)
extra brown sugar for sprinkling
extra milk for splashing (optional)
Preheat oven 375 degrees. Start by carefully cutting the top off your pumpkin and cleaning the insides out. (Save the seeds for later – recipe to come!)
Combine all remaining ingredients (except the sugar for sprinkling and milk for splashing) in a large bowl. Stir well and divide batter evenly between the two pumpkins.  Sprinkle lightly with brown sugar.  Place both pumpkins on a cookie sheet and bake for 45 mins to an hour or until pumpkin is soft enough to scoop and oatmeal is done.  After it was done, we added a splash of milk. Remember: When doling out scoops be sure to scrape up some of that baked pumpkin goodness with the spiced oatmeal. Makes 4 servings.
We cooked the pumpkin with the top off for the first 20 mins and then put the top on loosely (allowing for steam to come out) for the rest of the baking time. If you choose to cook with top on, make sure that the stem soaked in some water and that it is far enough away from the heat source. You can also cook it with the top off the entire time – the oatmeal will still come out tasting great.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

santa fe waldorf school woodwork class and Handwork class

Visiting a beautiful campus, really nice teachers and polite students!!!!   Makes for a very nice experience!

Update on 5th grade socks

At week 8 of the school year my advanced knitters in 5th grade have all done both cuffs (except two who were sick and have fallen behind)  5 have turned the heel on the week 8 and the rest should turn the next week.

2 students have finished one sock .  closed the toe on week 8.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Going MIA

I will be Missing in Action for the next few months. I am finishing up my BA and need to have ALLLLL other distractions taken away.

If I am doing something REALLLLLLY cool I will post it but other wise please look back through my blog to find questions you might have. I did not tag all my posts so there is LOTS if you just have time to look around.

I have posted my curriculum several times in the past and also on the side bar you can find where I order all my supplies

Blessings to all 

Saturday, September 11, 2010

my girls just LOVE this song

An AMAZING teacher and poet

Like Lilly Like Wilson
By Taylor Mali
I'm writing the poem that will change the world,
and it's Lilly Wilson at my office door.
Lilly Wilson, the recovering like addict,
the worst I've ever seen.
So, like, bad the whole eighth grade
started calling her Like Lilly Like Wilson Like.
Until I declared my classroom a Like-Free Zone,
and she could not speak for days.
But when she finally did, it was to say,
Mr. Mali, this is . . . so hard.
Now I have to think before I . . . say anything.
Imagine that, Lilly.
It's for your own good.
Even if you don't like . . .
I'm writing the poem that will change the world,
and it's Lilly Wilson at my office door.
Lilly is writing a research paper for me
about how homosexuals shouldn't be allowed
to adopt children.
I'm writing the poem that will change the world,
and it's Like Lilly Like Wilson at my office door.
She's having trouble finding sources,
which is to say, ones that back her up.
They all argue in favor of what I thought I was against.
And it took four years of college,
three years of graduate school,
and every incidental teaching experience I have ever had
to let out only,
Well, that's a real interesting problem, Lilly.
But what do you propose to do about it?
That's what I want to know.
And the eighth-grade mind is a beautiful thing;
Like a new-born baby's face, you can often see it
change before your very eyes.
I can't believe I'm saying this, Mr. Mali,
but I think I'd like to switch sides.
And I want to tell her to do more than just believe it,
but to enjoy it!
That changing your mind is one of the best ways
of finding out whether or not you still have one.
Or even that minds are like parachutes,
that it doesn't matter what you pack
them with so long as they open
at the right time.
O God, Lilly, I want to say
you make me feel like a teacher,
and who could ask to feel more than that?
I want to say all this but manage only,
Lilly, I am like so impressed with you!
So I finally taught somebody something,
namely, how to change her mind.
And learned in the process that if I ever change the world
it's going to be one eighth grader at a time.

Knit-a - thon baby hats and donation

my 8th grade did 11 days of Knitting baby hats that they donated to a women's shelter for pregnant women. Here is the picture of a pile of wrapped baby hats.  and the mothers are standing on the other side of the table receiving them.

the second picture is of a board I saw in the shelter that said "what is your temperament"   The mainlesson teacher and I were just floored that they had this in their living room.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Been so busy!!!

Busy first few weeks of school..... yes, we in the south west start school in Aug.....yes when it is blazing hot!

Well I usually get sick the first month of it is again...I have the cold and so do all the kids...sneezing on my hands while I help them and all....yuck! 
wash hands .....wash.....sung in my mind to the melody sung in the Kindergarten.

My advanced Knitting group for 5th grade is AMAZING!!!!  14 children in that group, the other 13 children in that grade are in woodworking class.

I have 4 kids already done with both CUFFS!!!!!

  Here is one of my  daughters  at pick up....just loving first grade!

I'll take more pics asap

Sunday, August 22, 2010

3rd grade spinning rocks

For those who wanted to know what the rocks were...they are drop spindles.

Here you can see Renata Spinning with it at the Fiber Craft Studio