Cordage is not a traditional Waldorf subject but I have chosen it as part of the Practical Life curriculum -- farming, gardening, fibers & clothing, housebuilding, measurement, etc. -- that would be done in grade 3 (age 9). At this age, learning REAL LIFE skills is the most important theme.
In FD this week the younger children worked on the diagonal line and practiced combining diagonal lines to make zigzags. We explored cracks in eggs, acorns, and geodes. In Cordage the older children continued their study of wool. They continued carding the wool they washed in week one, did wet felting, and practiced spinning wool into yarn using a drop spindle.
We continued to read The Burgess Book of Nature Lore by Thornton W. Burgess at lunchtime. Our snacktime picture books this week were The Golden Egg Book by Margaret Wise Brown (wet felted eggs, FD: zigzags), The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger (FD: the path of a leaf as it falls), and Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett (winding a ball of yarn, FD: spirals).
Here are some photos from our week:
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