In Handworks, students make beautiful pieces of practical, everyday use: a knitted case for their new recorder, a woolen hat or socks for warmth in winter, a stuffed animal or puppet to keep or give. Over the course of eight years, the children all learn to knit, crochet, sew, and embroider. In the upper grades, children are introduced to basketry and machine sewing. There is an emphasis on using natural materials, both wool and cotton, while often incorporating plant dyed materials. Children gain a sense of accomplishment from discovering their ability to create objects of use and beauty. This profound confidence carries over into all aspects of their home and school life. Manual dexterity supports the unfolding of cognitive ability, and handworks projects are age-appropriate and timed to support that development in each child.