My daughter came home today and told me she's stitching something for mother's day with her teacher. It's nice that it's still taught in some schools ... not many I think.
I was thinking of introducing my kindergaten kids to stitching by doing some card lacing. It'll take quite a bit of preperation, but it'll be worth it. My kids love, love, love craft (I suppose most 5 and 6 year olds do). I'm just trying to think about how I can work it into the unit of work we're doing this term called 'My Place'. Maybe we could make a 'home sweet home' wall hanging (huh! I just thought of that. Obviously blogging is good for one's creative juices).
I have stitched with kids this young before as a casual (relieving) teacher. The teacher planned the activity and then left me to it ... thanks!!! Kids, needles (yes even the large tapestry kind) and threads was not a good mix for this class. I wouldn't attempt threads and needles with my current class either. They lack the fine motor skills. It might have been OK if I'd had some parent help, but as I was on my own, I spent 90% of my time undoing knots, fixing mistakes and rethreading needles. It was a looooong time ago now (at least 18 years) and I think I've blocked it out of my memory. LOL
But with older kids it's great. I made a stitched and stuffed bear with some year 6 kids once and they were pretty good at it. I still had lots of knots and mistakes to untie, but it was much less stressful.
So I'm thinking of running some stitching clubs; one at the school I work at, and one at the school my daughter goes to. It would be a lunch time activity, and Winter would be an excellent time to start it. The kids will be wanting to stay indoors. I could limit the number of kids in the club so that I'm not overloaded with work in the short time.
I'll let you know if I attempt it (or will I come to my senses before I offer my services? LOL)
See you again tomorrow