More than half of students from low‑income households
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Knitting For Kittens: Learning To Knit
My students need needles and yarn to knit cat toys for the local animal shelter.
"When are we going to knit?" The question has been asked more than once. We have started a winter tradition of learning to knit with our middle school students. The older students (mostly boys) come to my class and teach my students simple stitches that allows them to create a finished product
I teach in a rural Vermont school with long, cold winters and wet springs.
It is so important for the children have a hobby other than watching TV or gaming. Last winter, after our initial lesson, every day over 65% of my class would work on a knitting project during their free time in class. They made scarves, hats, bracelets and trinkets for friends and family. The best part is we worked with our older students in our k-8 school and they even taught me how to knit. The students are already looking forward to learning and have no gender bias thanks to all the boys in the middle school that teach us.
I think learning a skill as simple as knitting can calm an anxious person or give them something to do when they are fidgety. It allows the students the opportunity to try something new and feel good about being able to do something all on their own. Learning to knit is hard and requires persistence and determination. It will give these students a skill they can use their whole lives. Also donating the finished product, catnip mice, to the local animal shelter gives them a chance to create something they can give back to their community.
I believe in this project enough that I will do what I can to make it happen.
The students are already looking forward to learning and it is such a great way to give our older students a way to give back to our school as well as my students looking to them as leaders. I love the school connection and I value the community connection. It is a wonderful feeling to try something new, work hard at it and ultimately complete it all on your own.
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