At TATVA we see our aim in providing care and an early learning environment.

Tender hands do big tasks

Educating the hands of the child is as important as educating the mind. Human hands are one of nature’s most wonderful creations. We use them to consciously and deliberately serve needs, not just of ourselves but of others as well. Not just of humans, but of whatever we choose to serve. It is the hands that do almost everything that we call “work”. The most brilliant or breathtaking of thoughts can be worthless if it is not translated into something concrete that we create with our hands.

Our Waldorf-inspired curriculum incorporates deep and sustained education for the hands of the child. The first step towards that is taken in the kindergarten years where play is a critical component of the curriculum. It is in play that children develop the “will force” that drives them to action that uses their hands. From Grade 1 onwards, education for the hands becomes formalised through areas like form drawing and handwork.

Form drawing forms a part of the curriculum till Grade 4 and plays a critical role in creating a vital pathway to learning, one that passes through the limbs and in fact the whole body of the child. Starting from simple forms, children graduate by Grade 4 to complex forms that not only enhance the fine motor skills of the child but also provide vital nourishment to the soul of the child.

Handwork starts in Grade 1 with knitting. Through grades 1 to 3, the complexity of the tasks increases till by Grade 3, children start completing difficult projects that take them many days of effort to complete. In Grade 3, children also undertake projects in the areas of farming and housebuilding. By Grade 4, crochet is added as an activity but the complexity of knitting tasks goes up. Children undertake projects that involve creating knitted items that would be useful to themselves or to those they care for, like a pouch for their recorder or a sling pouch for their mother’s mobile phone. Making teacoasters for use at home is a fun part of the crochet work Grades 4 and 5 do. Cross stitching is introduced in Grade 5 as is knitting with 4 needles.

All this work with their hands has many important educational benefits for children. Knitting is a task that involves what Waldorf educators call “crossing the midline”. That is what happens when the left and right parts of the body (as the hands do while knitting) keep criss-crossing each other’s paths repeatedly, rythmically and purposefully to accomplish tasks. Working on complex projects that take many days and involve meticulous planning backed by systematic implementation help children become patient, persevering, hard workers who enjoy the striving to complete purposeful and productive activities. It prepares them for the rigours of further education and life in the real world.

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