Keiran brought these home a couple weeks ago. I can hardly believe that my son knows how to knit. When I asked him jokingly this morning if he knows how to knit he merely laughed at me and pointed at his sweet knitted chickens with pride in his eyes. He's worked on them all year.
I can't begin to tell you how excited I am that he can knit. I don't know whether it's because it's so outside of the box by way of educating our children in school or the fact that he has a skill that I didn't learn until I was 16. Or just that it's so cool that my boy can knit.
When I googled "why 1st graders knit in Waldorf Schools", I came across an article written by Dr. Christine Gruhn on the Davis Waldorf School website. I found this fascinating:
"Children in the first grade will learn to knit and to play the recorder. Steiner believed that children who learn to knit will read better, and that learning music will help a child develop skills in mathematics. By 2002, we have learned that the same areas of the brain are active in reading and in knitting, likewise is true for mathematics and music."
Dave and I had a disagreement about the math & music concept. He didn't believe me when I told him that the two were connected. He thought I was making it up. As I do tend to make some things up I could kind of see his point. Luckily I had my trusty iphone during this conversation and quickly found article after article stating that math & music can go hand in hand.
I'm lousy at math & music so maybe there is something to be said for that.
Have you taught your child/children to knit? What age did you start?