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Teaching Children to Crochet
Created By: Tammy Williams

I have always been interested in the needle arts such as regular and Brazilian embroidery, tatting, quilting and sewing. When I started my teaching career I was blessed to have a principal who was a master at crochet. She had learned from her grandmother, and she always wore beautiful crocheted scarves and ponchos to school. I caught the crochet bug from her, and she taught me to crochet. She was delighted when I announced that I would teach my 4th graders to crochet for "enrichment."

As an elementary school teacher, teaching my students to crochet was a life changing event for me. Students who were always "fidgeting" finally found a creative way to use their hands. My girls who knew how to crochet but were shy and withdrawn became classroom experts as I enlisted them to help others, and I saw their self esteem soar. My boys surprised me the most, they veered from the scarf pattern I taught them and came in with crocheted balls and even gloves! I forged stronger bonds with my parents who either wanted to learn so they could help their child, or who already knew and came in to "talk crochet." Even my parents who did not know english very well, I found we could talk "fluently" through sharing projects and teaching stitches, these things needed no words!

I am most proud of this though, that while some students will put their hooks down and move onward through life, some will continue the craft. They will continue to grow in skill and technique, they will crochet for friends and family, children and grandchildren. For some of my students, what I taught them in their fourth grade year, beyond the math and reading, will be the hobby that will be their constant and steadfast friend for the rest of their lives. And the things they will crochet for their grandchildren when I am long gone, I can take just a little bit of credit for giving them their start. For me, this truly is "touching the future.!"

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