The Curriculum of the Steiner School - Class 3

Notes and Lesson Plans

Fibers & Clothing
updated January 14, 2019

Recorded here is my own personal collection of articles, resources, favorite links, teaching ideas, and lesson plans. It encompasses many years, from the very beginning of my experience studying and learning about Waldorf to the present time. People from all around the world visit my site and recommend it to others. Welcome!

This site records my journey. I hope my honesty is encouraging and helps break down some barriers that may prevent people from trying Waldorf methods. Because this is an ongoing site documenting my curriculum planning and ideas, some materials are more Waldorf-y than others. Please feel free to take what you like and leave the rest.

Fibers & Clothing
for Class 3

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This page has helpful links and LOADS of free resources to help you plan your third grade year. Enjoy!

Pinterest - Renee Schwartz
My curated collection of visuals! Browse sample main lesson book pages, watercolor paintings, chalkboard drawings, etc. for Fibers & Clothing.

Waldorf Teacher Resources - Michael Seifert
Also be sure to check out his fiber arts "gems" (lesson plans) and "gallery." FREE!

If you are new to Waldorf, you might want to spend more time with wet felting, kntting, or crochet. In general, Wet Felting is introduced in the Kindergarten, Knitting is introduced in First Grade, Crochet is introduced in Second Grade, and Weaving is introduced this year in Third Grade. Naturally, you have to choose projects for this block which fit your family.

It is also a fun option to combine Linear Measurement with this block instead of with Housebuilding. In that case, you can build a loom! Kids Weaving by Sarah Swett has awesome instructions for building a lightweight portable loom out of PVC pipe!

There's information on clothing making (shearing, dyeing, weaving, sewing, etc.) all throughout Farmer Boy so many people just do it as a read aloud at some point during the third grade year.

My Initial Lesson Planning


Sensory Discovery Jars: Prepare a series of opaque jars, each containing one of these nine beautiful natural fibers (wool, cotton, flax, hemp, silk, angora, cashmere, alpaca, camel). When we introduce a new one, pass it around and let the children feel it before revealing what the fiber is. Revisit the textures of all eight at the end of the block.

We are doing this block in February, which starts on a Friday. That next day is the monthly meeting of our local Spinners & Weavers Guild. So maybe suggest to families that they go to Fort Massac as a family field trip on Feb 2nd.

Week 1 - Wool

    Story: It's Fun to Know Why by Julius Schwartz ("Wool: Fleece for Man" chapter)
    and science experiments:
    "Heat Preserver," p.63
    "A Blanket of Air," p.64
    "Stretch and Spring," p.66
    "Pull and Twist," p.68

    Story: Pelle's New Suit by Elsa Beskow

    Story: Mother Holle illus. by Anastasiya Archipova

    Story: The Six Swans illus. by Dorothee Duntze

    Feel and compare different textures (Romney, Corriedale, Merino, English Leicester, etc.)
    I get my wool fiber from A Child's Dream

    Look at raw fleece (my sister in law shears their sheep and provides raw fleeces for Waldorf homeschool families - prices vary based on weight - please contact me for more info)

    Washing our wool fleece, talk about lanolin, feel lanolin (Lansinoh)

    Wet felting (review yurts from Housebuilding block), projects - pebbles, flowers, hats
    my kids have already done wet felted eggs, acorns, soaps, and geodes

    Wet Felted Flowers (PDF)

    Wet Felted Trumpet Flower Tutorial (YouTube video)

    Hat Felting Process on a Ball (YouTube video)
    Here is how to felt a hat on a ball with Morgan Velasquez in the Jack Rabbit Hollow

    for more projects (slippers, vases) I like Simply Felt

    The Art of Feltmaking has instructions for making felt masks, which could be fun!

    Drop spindle lesson
    Beginners Spinning Set from A Child's Dream

    Start clothing knitting projects according to ability
    (scarves, hats, two-needle mittens... and I am going to try to make my first pair of socks!)

    This book is great for a older sibling hanging out as part of this block... lots of fun patterns for Halloween costumes (I've made the Mermaid Dress-Up and the Firefighter Hat)

Week 2 - Wool

Week 3 - Cotton, Flax, Hemp, Silk

Week 4 - Angora, Cashmere, Alpaca, Camel

    Read fun books about knitting, continue with handwork projects throughout the week

    Story: Socks for Supper by Jack Kent

    Story: Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol

    Story: Lester's Dreadful Sweaters by K.G. Campbell

    Story: Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett

    Look at angora fiber, try to spin it
    I get my angora fiber from Etsy store HomesteadHappenings

    Look at cashmere yarn

    Look at alpaca fiber (local) and yarn (local and from Peru)

    Make wet felted soaps with alpaca fiber

    Field trip to alpaca farm
    my closest is Roaring Oaks Alpaca Ranch

    Look at camel fiber, try to spin it
    I get my camel fiber from Etsy store WoolGatherings

My blog posts from teaching this topic in February 2019:

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