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The Value of Watercolour Painting in the Primary Years

Educators value art as a central part of the primary curriculum and can readily identify the positive influence it has on children’s development. Art practice has been shown to nurture creative thinking and to strengthen problem-solving and critical thinking skills – but best practice and expertise in teaching art in the primary years is only possible when teachers feel confident in their subject matter.

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Studies have shown that more effective teachers do more than their less effective colleagues in establishing rules and procedures at the beginning of the year.

All teachers require positive strategies to manage classroom disruptions and inappropriate classroom behaviours for the optimum learning of all students, and for their own professional development and career satisfaction. Building strong teacher-student relationships is the first step to creating a harmonious classroom atmosphere, increasing engagement and achievement. Positive teacher – student relationships enable students to feel safe and secure in their learning environments and provide scaffolding for important social and academic skills (Baker et al., 2008; O’Connor, Dearing and Collins, 2011; Silver, Measelle, Armstron, & Essex, 2005).

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Bringing Knitting to the Primary Classroom: Supporting Learning

Researchers and educators are slowly awakening to the educational benefits of teaching handcrafts to children, and in particular, knitting.
In the Rudolf Steiner system of education, handcrafts are an essential part of the curriculum and finger knitting is taught to students at age 5-6, with class one (age 7) learning traditional knitting with needles. A knitting project is completed every year in primary school with increasing difficulty –learning to cast on and off, to increase and decrease stitches, and following patterns developed over subsequent years.

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