“People who are unable to use their hands skillfully for all kinds of work, will not become good thinkers and will behave awkwardly in life. It is not the head alone, but the whole human being that is a logician. Activities demanding manual and bodily skill, such as knitting, leads to the enhancement of the faculty of judgment. This faculty is actually developed least of all by exercises in logic.”
— Rudolf Steiner
This simple premise is why we employ a wide variety of handcraft activities at Kamaroi. Children experience the journey of concept, design, execution, completion and presentation of each project. All these elements awaken their creative powers, which can find fruitful application in later life, in many different fields.
In Class 1 children wash, card and spin sheep’s wool prior to learning knitting. They also make their own wooden needles. This is a very different experience to being presented with a ball of wool and plastic needles and allows children to respect the earth’s resources, as well as their own inner resourcefulness.
Craft is primarily the making of beautiful and practical objects, using traditional skills, such as knitting, sewing and crochet. Each skill developed has a specific purpose in developing the needs of the children in a strengthening and therapeutic way.
Learning opportunities relate directly to class, age or development outcomes. Projects are relevant to the specific developmental needs and typically last about a term. Different ages directly influence the motivation, ability, interest, concerns and needs of the children.