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  • Keywords
    • cognitive development,
    • handwork,
    • homeschooling,
    • imagination,
    • storytelling,
    • unhurried education,
    • Waldorf education

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Teaching Through Stories
Jane and Jeremy Learn to Knit
by Elizabeth Seward

“Unhurried education, and teaching to the heart through stories, develop a lifelong love of a continually unfolding process of learning and loving the world.” Teaching through Stories: Jane and Jeremy Learn to Knit will encourage you to take things into your own hands by giving you the tools to teach others. It’s effective and fun to teach using stories—this book tells you how! The first in a series on teaching handwork, this complete guide is written for teachers and others who want to teach this popular craft—or any subject—to children through storytelling, fostering personal connection in any educational setting. This handbook is a practical guide to creating and telling your own stories, and connecting with listeners, with examples from knitting lessons. It introduces important pedagogical foundations and offers suggestions for managing a busy handwork classroom. The last chapter shares ideas about selecting patterns and materials and over a dozen of the best patterns the author has developed.  Teaching through Stories embodies an unhurried approach to education used successfully for a hundred years in Waldorf schools around the world.

“I began my Waldorf teaching career as a handwork teacher before becoming a class teacher and high school teacher. How I would have loved to have had Elizabeth Seward as a guide at my side. There is nothing else available like it.” Betty Staley, co-founder of Rudolf Steiner College, currently Advisory Board member of Alliance for Public Waldorf Education. “. . . a master class in storytelling as the path to deep learning. . . . her emphasis on an ‘unhurried education’ wakes us from the teach-to-the-test fog that has overtaken much of American education”. Bernadette Murphy, author, Zen and the Art of Knitting and The Knitter’s Gift

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Born in England, Elizabeth Seward, PhD, has been in Waldorf classrooms since 1984 as a parent volunteer, handwork assistant, high school teacher, lead handwork teacher, and class teacher. She mentors teachers in private and public Waldorf schools and consults with schools on building a handwork program. Elizabeth teaches knitting, spinning, and other textile arts to ad hoc community groups and shares her enthusiasm for Waldorf education with parents of young children, homeschooling parents, and graduate students. She offers retreats and conferences for teachers, homeschool teachers, and parents. Elizabeth holds a doctorate in Education from Claremont Graduate University, an M.A. in Applied Linguistics, and most recently an interdisciplinary M.A. in Spirituality and Education. Her thesis was “Knitting: A Gateway Contemplative Practice?” Elizabeth has been living in Los Angeles for forty years and knitting for over sixty. She loves swimming, gardening, and meeting the challenge of every individual learner. Elizabeth has three grown children and four lovely young grandsons who are beginning to learn to knit.


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