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I Think We’ve Got a Club

I think it might have been last week (perhaps the week before that) when I described how my initial foray into teaching one of my students to knit led to five students wanting to learn.

Well, I thought I would give you an update.

The girls have been coming into my classroom during lunch to knit…to get assistance with extra stitches showing up and whatnot…

Today, I had two or three girls in my room.  It was a relaxed time.  I played music and worked on “teacher” stuff while they discussed their knitting travails.

Then I heard something that warmed my heart when two more gals entered the room and began talking about a bunch of them knitting on Saturday before a band competition!  Apparently, one girl challenged the others, betting that they couldn’t knit.

Guess what?

They picked up the needles and began knitting!

One of the girls bought one of my original girls a new set of needles!

Although I haven’t been able to start an “official” club, what I think I’ve got on my hands is something unofficial…a movement that is spreading.

The girls are very excited, and they are talking about knitting things…like blankets and hats!

I finally feel justified for having oodles and oodles of extra yarn in the closet.

I pulled out a basket and will be taking it to school tomorrow after promising, about five times, that I wouldn’t forget.

One of my girls wants to learn to knit a hat.

She believes she’s ready for double pointed needles.

I’m nervous, but I’m not going to discourage her.

She’ll persist and be successful.

Her confidence is what I’ll draw upon when I encourage her that she has what it takes to make learning gains on the FCAT.

Knitting…talking…creating…building…

It’s becoming more than a club.

It’s becoming a family, where relationships and trust are being generated, watered, and fed.

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4 Responses

  1. It’s definitely a time when seeds can be planted! SO excited for you…and those girls!

  2. Bravo!

    Who knows, before long you may have some boys join this impromptu group.

  3. What a heartwarming thing to read! Wow, you’ve created an atmosphere for those girls to relax in…and learn..and bond. They’ll always remember you for teaching them how to knit and, more importantly, that you’re real and you care.

  4. Such fun! Hope your club becomes “official” soon. Glad to see that they want to and enjoy knitting 🙂

    Good luck!!

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