It was a wonderful week. The last week of school is always the best. It started Monday with Amara’s Honor Roll awards and every day was something fun! Way to much fun to put all in one post so I am breaking the excitement down by days.
Tuesday I did a special project with one of the Moms from Amara’s class and her Mother! I love it when there are three generations in the classroom. We spent an hour in the classroom teaching the girls to knit. I think we had 17 girls split between the three of us. I thought it was great that there were two Grandmothers in the classroom that day. This Mom did an amazing job — and went to a lot of expense, too! She gave each girl a very large plastic jar. In the jar she had stuffed printed instructions, a cute set of purple knitting needles, and a ball of yarn! PLUS she had already cast on 20 stitches for them so that they could jump right into learning to knit. Other than the one left-handed girl who I just could not help — we had fun! As I explained to the other mom and the girls — I can’t even brush my teeth with my left hand let alone knit!
Amara got a little frustrated and impatient that she didn’t immediately get it. So did a couple of the other girls. Learning to knit is hard! It was one of those moments when I wonder how teachers do it! But I thought fast and asked them “How many of you can ride a bike?” I was surprised that one of the girls still couldn’t ride and I asked them “How many of you learned to ride in the first hour?” There was loud mumbles of no. I explained it was the same thing with knitting, you just have to keep trying. They were amazed at how quickly I could make those needles fly. Practice! I used the questions about riding a bike because I knew Amara had struggled to ride and I was hoping it would give her the patience to try and learn to knit. It worked! She ended up really having fun. Mrs. J took all the boys outside to play for an hour except for one boy who wanted to stay and learn. He did really well and had fun, too!
I don’t think any of the girls really learned to knit in that hour but their interest was piqued! I bet many of them will pick it up again this summer. I’m hoping Amara and I can!