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.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Waldorf 7th grade reproduction Human A & P



You can get this book at Bob and Nancy's book Waldorf Book store. 
Linda Knodle has other books as well that are VERY good for this topic. The activities and the drawings are great for waldorf teachers

Human Fertility

For use with 10 - 12 year olds Grades 4-7
Linda E Knodle
Coming of Age Curriculum Series
Lessons in Support of the Inner and Outer Changes in Puberty and Adolescence
Softound
$29.95

We are happy to be able to offer Linda Knodle’s newest editions of her original Human Fertility curriculum. She has now created two separate curriculum guides to better support the needs of different adolescent age groups.
In this first volume, offered in support of students in grades 4-7, Linda guides teachers, parents and community leaders through a detailed curriculum offerings designed to create a warm understanding of the physical and emotional changes the students are experience. Further, Linda helps adults weave a welcoming community around these teenagers.
This is truly a heartfelt work which has already graced the lives of hundreds of adolescents and the adults who care for them.
Contents:
Part One: Preparation for the Course
  • Introduction
  • Sample Rotation for Middle School Blocks of Study
  • Daily Main Lesson (Sample)
  • Elements of the Lesson
  • Preparation: Before Classroom Work
  • Preparing Yourself
  • Preparing the Faculty Letter for Faculty or Adult Community
  • Preparing for Parents Letter for Parents
  • Preview Questions for Interviews
  • Overview
  • Preparing for the Students Details of the Day
  • Spelling List
  • Resources for Teachers and Parents Resources for Students
Part Two: Lesson Plans
Part Three: Supplements

Friday, November 11, 2011

the math operations

Check out this great site for black board drawings.  http://www.chalkboarddrawing.org/gallery-of-drawings/list/set/28/1

The Four Math Operations- characterized

Allen M. Stovall

- King Peter Plus, easygoing and fond of good food, gathers a bounty of apples from his orchard.
- Queen Mary Minus, compassionate and concerned, gives away apples to those who are in need.
- Raja Taj Times, a happy-go-lucky magician, instantly multiplies a few apples into many.
- Princess Deborah Divide, a strong but fair-minded leader, makes certain each family in her domain gets an equal share of apples.
~Allen Stovall
I wrote a short play based on these and other math characters, which my Grade One Class delightfully performed on the last day of school.
(Thanks to Eugene Schwartz for inspiration.)


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Lantern walk Martinmas






1)       
“Down with darkness, up with light,
Up with sunshine, down with night.
Each of us is one small light,
But together we shine bright.
Go away, darkest, blackest night,
Go away, give way to light! “


2)      
“Light in my lantern, light in my heart, light in the world, light up the dark. Oh lantern I will keep the flame so it will not die. Shine it that the world may see how my light does shine. Shine little lantern light up the light. Shine in the darkness oh wondrous light!”
3)      
“Walk along, to and fro, with my lantern here we go, up above the moon and stars, shinning down to where we are.”

4)      
Walking with my lantern into the night. Chasing the shadows away with light, within , within, my light will never dim.  
5)      
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine, this little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine, this little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.  

Glimmer, lantern, glimmer
Little stars a-shimmer
Over meadow, moor and dale
Flitter, flutter, elfin veil
Pee-wit, pee-wit, tikka-tikka-tik
Rucoo, rucoo.

Glimmer, lantern, glimmer
Little stars a-shimmer
Over rock and stock and stone
Wandering, skipping, little gnome
Pee-wit, pee-wit, tikka-tikka-tik
Rucoo, rucoo.

I go outside with my lantern, my lantern goes with me
Above the stars are shining bright, down here on Earth shine we.
The cock does crow, the cat meows, la bimmel, la bammel, la boom.
‘Neath heaven’s dome till we go home, la bimmel, la bammel, la boom.

I go outside with my lantern, my lantern goes with me
Above the stars are shining bright, down here on Earth shine we.
So shine your light through the still dark night, la bimmel, la bammel, la boom
‘Neath heaven’s dome till we go home, la bimmel, la bammel, la boom.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Lesson plan for 3rd grade crochet

Many specialty teachers do not know how to make a lesson plan.  Here is an example of a third grade crochet class.



Third Grade crocheting a soap bag  
OBJECTIVE
Students will: 
  • ·         Learn to single  crochet
  • ·         Learn to make a soap bag
MATERIALS
  • ·         Handwork bag
  • ·         Crochet hook
  • ·         Cotton yarn
  • ·         Scissors
  • ·         Oatmeal soap
SET UP AND PREPARE
All handwork bags should be on chairs. 
DIRECTIONS
  • ·         Say the crochet verse for the students
·         Under the bridge of two
Catch the fish and bring it through
Under the yarn for another one
Through the loops, and then you’re done!
  • ·         Ask students to crochet chain of 15 stitches
  • ·         Then they go back long the first row (this row is only under the bridge of 1)
  • ·         At the end of the row they don’t turn around and go back, instead they crochet along the bottom of their work as if they were turning the corner of a race track (still crocheting under the bridge of 1)
  • ·         At the end of that row, the verse is very important for Under the Bridge of Two
  • ·         Students will continue to single crochet round and round like on a race track till their bag pulls up enough to hold a bar of oatmeal soap
  • ·         Students can either crochet it closed or leave it open to exchange soap when done.
  • ·         Crochet a chain for a loop to hang the soap bag
SUPPORTING ALL LEARNERS
Walk around room to answer any questions that the students might have.
LESSON EXTENSION
Let them take home their soap bags home .
ASSESS STUDENTS
Observe students as they work. Make a note of those students who are talking too much and not working
ASSIGNMENTS -0
EVALUATE THE LESSON
1        Did students listen to the story  2, Did they listen to instructions if not why? 3. Were they quiet and respectful?  4. Were they able to make a soap bag? 5. Did they have to come see you after the lesson for makeup work?





Lesson plans for Handwork

Third Grade Spinning with Rocks  
OBJECTIVE
Students will: 

  1.  Spin with Roving and River Rocks
MATERIALS
·         Small river rocks pre prepped for class
·         Roving
·         Extra rocks in case some come apart.
SET UP AND PREPARE
All handwork bags should be on chairs. 
All rocks are made into drop spindles before class
Roving is separated before hand
DIRECTIONS
  • 1.      Pass out rocks
  • 2.      Talk about spinning and ply
  • 3.      Have the students spin with you
  • 4.      Show them how to change roving
  • 5.      To end, show them how to make a twisty twirl for a bracelet
SUPPORTING ALL LEARNERS
Walk around room to answer any questions that the students might have.
LESSON EXTENSION
Let them take home their spinning rocks .
ASSESS STUDENTS
Observe students as they work. Make a note of those students who are talking too much and not working
ASSIGNMENTS -0
EVALUATE THE LESSON
  1. Did students listen to the story  2, Did they listen to instructions if not why? 3. Were they quiet and respectful?  4. Were they able to make a twisty twirl?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Dowels for knitting needles

It is sad to say but by supplier for dowels is not making dowels for medical health  reasons. Dowels on demand has made the best exotic dowels for me for 3 years now.


So I have been hunting for a new supplier. I found this site
http://www.americanwoodcrafterssupply.com/wooden-products/dowels.htm#Dowels

and they have cool knobs for the ends

http://www.americanwoodcrafterssupply.com/product_category.htm

good price.
I will tell you how I like the needles

Here is a chart for sizing needles

http://www.fibergypsy.com/common/needles.shtml

This year I am ordering 1/4 in needles for the 1st grade

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Final part of my Handwork Training

Here is a small window into my final week at the Fiber craft studio

A wonderfully full week!   Thank you Three Fold learning center, Green Meadow Waldorf School,. Sunbridge and the Fiber craft Studio for such a wonderful four years of training!

we displayed a very small amount of our work for the graduation.