So far my third grader is learning to crochet. Here are examples of beginning crochet work that she has done so far:
A belt with wooden beads:
A crocheted “Thread of Life” (my term) for our All Souls’ Day (November 2nd) table:
And another view, with some orange paper flowers the children made for this festival:
Note there are no examples of knitting projects yet as our year just began in September. Third Grade is also the correct time to teach the purl stitch as the nine-year change marks the appropriate time to move out into the space beyond and behind oneself. This experience of self- awareness and what may lie away from oneself belongs to the nine-year old who is beginning to separate.
If you need a recap as to what types of handwork comes where within the framework of Waldorf Education and why, here is a wonderful article by my Waldorf homeschooling group’s handwork teacher Ms. Forster: http://theparentingpassageway.com/2010/03/28/handwork/