Monday, April 22, 2013

tomorrow ... teaching kids @ carclew


So this is where I am going to be all day tomorrow (Tuesday):


And this is what I'll be doing:


Yep, I'm pretty nervous - it's booked out (that means 15 kids per class) and there are 3 classes for the day, with 15 minutes clean-up in between.  PHEW!  I'm exhausted just thinking about it ;)

This time kids are aged between 5 and 12 - since it may be a struggle teaching 5-6 year olds how to cross stitch, I might get them onto long stitch instead.

Wish me luck!!  ;)

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  1. Good luck and well done you! Just a little tip: it can be helpful to have extra needles threaded for the younger students, they have a tendency to pull the thread out for a while, before they get the hang of it. But the older ones can get lots of practice with needle threading if they are feeling helpful.

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    1. Thanks Mary! We used so much wool and threaded so many needles ... most of the young kids just came up to me when they needed another needle threaded ;) But you're right, some of the older kids did help out too!

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  2. I think that sounds like great fun Michelle, and what a beautiful building to be teaching in! Looking forward to hearing how it went (after a good night's sleep, of course)! ;o)

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    1. I was SO exhausted afterwards - PHEW! I really earned my tuition fee! Yes, it is a gorgeous building in a beautiful setting - it was built in 1897. I'll definitely do a follow-up blog entry soon ;)

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  3. I've tried to teach kids to do things with needles and threads before.... better you than me! Good luck!

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    1. Yeah, it's pretty tricky! There are things (like threading a needle) that we take for granted - steps that have to be explained one by one. It was definitely challenging, but all in all pretty successful!

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    2. Perhaps it's different in Australia, but here the main problem is lack of motor skills and frighteningly low tolerance for frustration. "I CAN'T DOOOOOO IT" after approximately 15 seconds of trying, if they try at all. It's disheartening. There's going to be a whole generation of kids in California who can't do anything with their hands beyond playing Xbox or texting.

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    3. No, it's not different in Australia unfortunately :( Kids just don't learn the value of things that take a bit of time to learn - they want everything NOW! Saying that, some kids did really *get* it - maybe because it was something completely different from what they're used to?

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  4. You are a brave woman. The thought of a room filled with children and sharp things scares the crap out of me, lol!

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    1. It scares the crap out of me too!! I think I did OK though - some kids learnt stitching, and no one got hurt, ha!

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