**We will not have class the week of May 1-5th due to LEAP testing. May 15-19th will be our final week of classes**
Independent Study Unit
Check out the photos added and stay tuned for more soon!
Independent study was wonderful! The kids did a great job working and also presenting. I love to see what they are capable of when they get the opportunities to explore their own interests. Thanks to the parents to helped support their ideas from home and for supplying the necessary materials. I appreciate all y'all do to help our class!
What we're doing now:
With only a few weeks left and an inconsistent schedule due to testing, I thought it would be the perfect time to teach the kids how to knit! Knitting has many benefits for kids (see details below, copied from craftyarncouncil.com). This mini unit will allow kids to work at their own pace.
I will provide basic yarn and we will use chopsticks for needles. If your child wants specific yarn and a set of needles, they are welcome to bring them in. Yarn and knitting needles can be found for very reasonable prices at Hobby Lobby, Michael's, and Wal-Mart.
Why Teach Knitting?...
Learning to knit is fun, creative, and benefits children in a variety of ways. With the current popularity of these crafts and the variety of yarns and cool projects available, it's also easy to interest them in learning, and is a cost-effective program.
As many teachers and doctors attest, improvement is noted in:
- Fine motor coordination
- Critical thinking and problem-solving
In addition, knitting and crochet are valuable tools for "teaching life lessons":
- Responsibility—Students are responsible for bringing their yarn project to class
- Ability to focus and follow through—Learning these skills is a step-by-step process
- Persistence—Projects take time and patience to complete
- Using available materials—Challenge students to be creative with the materials they have to work with
- Personal hygiene—Students quickly learn dirty hands mean dirty yarn
Please check the website often throughout the year to read about what we are learning and to see pictures of our activities.
Feel free to email me with any questions or comments.
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