At my daughters’ school, “handwork” is part of the curriculum starting as early as age 4. By handwork, I mean knitting. In Kindergarten, the students start with finger knitting. This progresses to knitting with 2 or more needles to create more complex projects such as socks and stuffed animals.
Why knitting, you might ask? Knitting helps develop mobility and dexterity of the fine motor muscles, arouses the power of concentration, encourages a degree of attentiveness as well as flexibility in thinking. Knitting also evokes joy and positive self-esteem within the child from having made something practical and beautiful.
In the 2nd grade classroom, Cecilia is just about finished knitting a case for her pentatonic flute. Her love of knitting has continued at home where she completed a pot holder for her Tita Malia as well as a small blanket for her baby cousin Tristan.
Penelope was ecstatic when she learned to finger knit in class two days ago. Yesterday, she chose her own ball of yarn to use for finger knitting at home. She takes great pride in teaching us how to finger knit. Click on the link below to watch her tutorial, and you too can be an expert finger knitter! (Please note, when she says “birdie beak” that refers to her thumb and forefinger. Also, “worm” is the long piece of string.)