Monday, June 27, 2011
5 Fridays went too fast
I went into the teaching of the children figuring that they weren't going to take my heart but boy was I wrong. I had such a good time spending an hour each week with the group of children that I was not happy to see it end on the 24th.
I taught 26 children the basic knitting skills in groups of 6 or 7 over 4 weeks and then this last week was just spending some time with some of the children making sure they understood. The children ranged from grade 1 to grade 5 and most weeks I had a mixture of the grades so that made it a little more fun. Some of the group caught on quickly and others took a bit longer but after three weeks I had a couple of the previous students helping me with the younger ones.
The roses were given to me by the two ladies that run the Homework Club as a Thank You from them. Their comment was "I took a child, handed them a pencil and get them to write a paragraph in one day". I guess that is true because I got the child to cast on, and knit garter stitch within an hour most weeks.
The boys and girls did extremely well in their knitting and seeing their faces meant more than words could say. Yes, hearing "Thank You, I really appreciated you teaching me to knit" was great but seeing the smile and look of satisfaction was even better. The hugs I got also showed me that they had a great time.
I hope that I will be able to go back in the fall to the Homework Club but at least I know that I will be seeing the children around the neighbourhood over the summer.