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Camphill Academy | Evaluated Learning Experience

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Development of the Will Through Craft

Formerly Lower School Crafts

15 contact hours (variable – over several weeks).

The Camphill School, Glenmoore, PA; instructor-led individual study at various locations across North America.
September 2007 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: gain an understanding of will development through the lens of the Waldorf craft curriculum in grades 1-8; experience the progression of activities in the childhood years; gain practical experience of children’s developmental stages and their relevance and adaptation to the curative educational setting; gain insight into how children learn new will activities through challenging oneself to learn new craft skill; develop practical exercise of teaching a specific student one skill over time; gain an awareness of the complexities of working with individual students with disabilities; describe aspects of the craft curriculum of the Waldorf school, lower grades and its relevance to the developmental stages of the child; explain processes underlying the will development of all children; explain some of the ways in which various craft activities can be adapted for the child with special needs; reflect on her/his own learning process in acquiring a new  manual skill; demonstrate introductory skills in one particular area of craft work as practiced in the  Waldorf curriculum lower grades; reflect on ways in which fine motor skill development accompanies the development of intellectual skills; describe some pedagogical strategies for teaching will activities to students with disabilities.

This course provides an introduction and overview of craft curriculum for grades one through eight in the Waldorf School and discusses the relationship between craft activities and children's developmental stages. It includes hands-on practical experiences in addition to lecture, and a reflective paper.
Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 1 semester hour in Inclusive Social Development, Curative Education, Education, Special Education, Waldorf Education, Arts, and any discipline which could benefit from such a complementary learning experience (10/10) (11/15 revalidation) (10/20 revalidation).