Student Corner

It’s been awhile since I’ve written about the wonderful crochet projects my students were working on and I thought it was about that time. I meant to get this out before the school year ended but better late than never, right? The kids had  really been inspired and their work deserves to be seen.

Student Work

4th Graders

One 4th grade girl made a cute book cover. She asked me to teach her fancier stitches. I taught her how to do alternating single and double crochets and then alternating them in the next row. The book cover came out very cute.

Crochey book cover pouch_2

Crochet book cover pouch_1

After that, she felt ready to make a doll. She’d already tackled working in the round by making emojis so she was definitely ready. She finished the head and body and started work on the hair. She had definite ideas of how she wanted her doll to look.

crochet doll head

I let her know that how the doll looks it’s totally up to her. That’s the fun part of making dolls, they are totally unique to us.

Look at that hair! She’s good. 🙂

Another 4th grade girl has made several scarves but she wanted a pencil case for her brother. She asked me a few questions and then set out to make it.

Crochet pencil case

This will be a pencil case.

crochet pencil case.jpg

Now It’s starting to look like a pencil case! She was adding a Batman symbol to the yellow part before we left for the summer. She even sewed it together to form pencil pockets. I didn’t teach her that!

5th Grader

A fifth-grade girl wanted to try a doll as well. I taught her how to crochet in the round and I don’t doubt she’ll have her own doll pretty soon. She managed to finish the head before we left and hopefully she won’t abandon it now that she won’t be returning (5th graders move on to middle school).

I recently learned about finger knitting and I was able to teach one of my Kinder girls how to do it. With a little guidance, she was able to make herself a scarf. She was very proud of it and I was very proud of her. She wore the scarf all day. 🙂

Kindergartner

Lastly, I’d like to feature one of my transitional Kinders who has mastered the chain in her own way and is itching to move on to the single crochet.

She wants to make so many things and is frustrated that she can’t yet. So far, I haven’t managed to teach a Kinder how to do single crochet. Mainly because they are happy learning how to chain stitch and get impatient that they can’t pick up single crochet quickly. The youngest I have been able to teach that far is second-grade. Even then, that second-grader didn’t master single crochet until she was in third grade. However, this child is so determined, I think she can actually do it. If not this year, I’m pretty sure she’ll be able to do it next year. Transitional Kinders get two years of Kinder. So next year, she will still be a Kindergartner. We will both feel a sense of accomplishment if she manages to learn the stitch. She’s really sharp so I have no doubt she’ll get it.

I am soooooo proud of them all! Watching them make their projects was a revelation to me about how good they’d gotten. I’m constantly harping on about how you can make anything once you learn the basics. If you can dream it, you can make it happen, and they did! I was actually giddy when I saw how little they needed me for these projects. Sure, I guided them, but the ideas and implementation was all their own. So proud.

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10 thoughts on “Student Corner

  1. This really is such an amazing thing you’re doing Yolanda! Not only are you teaching them a valuable skill, you are also giving them the those less tangible things – pride, self esteem, confidence, creative thinking etc etc. AND we all know how hobbies like crochet are great for reducing stress and anxiety so you also teaching them a skill that they can use as a coping tool! It is really hard for many children to find a niche unless they are good at sports or play an instrument.
    I love that doll, she did such a great job with the hair!! Probably better than I can do!
    The book cover is a fantastic idea and she should be super proud of how it came out – that is not a basic stitch pattern you showed her. A lot of skilled crocheters would have trouble with mastering it as quickly as she did! Well done!!
    I’m not sure what I love most about the pencil case – first of all I love how it came out and the attention to detail plus the creativity in her design. Second – I love that she wanted to make something for her brother!!! ❤
    And finally the video – what a cute and clever way to chain! Plus she seemed way more confident than I am! Whenever I try to video tape myself doing something my hands start shaking like crazy from being nervous!! She has a very promising future in creating video tutorials!!!! 😀
    Thank you Yolanda for everything you do for these children! ❤ 🙂 ❤

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    • Awe, Tami, thanks. I always appreciate how much care and thought you put into a comment. 😍
      As for the video, the kids are all hams. They see a camera and they all want to be in the picture or wanting you to film them. I have to beat them off with a stick!
      Most of them want to make things for someone else. They get so excited at the idea of being able to make presents for their loved ones. It is especially touching when it’s for a sibling. I don’t know why it always surprises me when it’s not for a parent. They are great kids. 🙂

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    • Thank you Katie. I can’t wait to see how far she’s gotten when she comes back. I’d started her with the arms before we left and I sent her home with some yarn for the legs. I gave some quick instructions while we were going out the door on how to assemble them and even quicker ideas for the clothes in case she got that far. But then again, it’s summer and she might not work on it at all. 😂

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  2. I applaud you for encouraging so many children to expand their creativity and for showing them anything can be accomplished if you persevere. I loved her doll and the book cover, both reflect her confidence and her desire to be her own spirit.
    Thank you for all you do.

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