Knitting changes the way children think and see. It improves fine motor skill as well as gross motor skill. Knitting is calming. Long term goals in today's slap-dash world is a game changer.

Children learn to listen to instruction, implement instruction and clearly see a pattern. When children learn to knit beautifully, and they all do, they are able to experience beauty. Creating, designing and thinking are all tasks that will serve children long after elementary school. The added bonus; they love the work!

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I completed a full Waldorf  teaching loop, taking a class from 1st to 8th grade. This year marks my 14th year of teaching Handwork. In addition to my Waldorf School teaching, I home-schooled my now adult children 1st to 6th grade and later chased my youngest child through the grades at  the Waldorf School of Cape Cod.  

Along the way I developed a  passion for teaching reading.  I am trained in the Orton-Gillingham reading approach,  and more recently in the LETRS methodology. 

This is will be my  5th year at the WCS.  I will be teaching knitting in first and second grade as well as reading in first, second, and third grade.
Jennifer Samuelson has been a knitting and crocheting for over 25 years, she is a book artist and letterpress printer and holds an MFA in theatre. She came to Waldorf education over 15 years ago when her oldest daughter began attending a Waldorf school in Houston, Texas. 

After many years as a Waldorf homeschooler, Jennifer moved from Texas to Utah with her family and began volunteering and working at Wasatch. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and five children, reading, crafting and taking long naps!

Making nourishing food is an act of love and a way to let your child know that they truly matter. Reading to your child each evening at bedtime makes a difference. Simplify, simplify, simplify. Stuff doesn't matter, time does.

—Caroline Hopewell, Handwork Teacher