Knitting and Learning
Date posted: June 11, 2015
Have you tried knitting with your students? The process is at least as important as the product.
Some teachers have used knitting to enhance the learning in their classrooms. “When I Knit, the Anger Goes Into My Yarn”: Knitting the Way to English describes one teacher’s experience of introducing knitting as an activity to her ESL class for domestic violence survivors
What Do You Do With a Student Who Fidgets?, a recent nprEd article, includes knitting as one of the techniques that helps calm students.
Handwork, including knitting, is a part of curriculum in Waldorf schools from early grades. Teaching Kids to Crochet and Knit: Why Waldorf Schools Incorporate Crafting into their Curriculum looks at how and why it can be integrated into early learning.
There is evidence that knitting offers several health benefits, including stress relief, anxiety reduction, and reduced cognitive decline. Read a brief description of the research in Might crafts such as knitting offer long-term health benefits?.
This coming Saturday is World Wide Knit in Public Day. You may see people knitting in unexpected places.