Lesson 2: August 31st, 2022
Had more students this week. 11 girls in total now. Half could make a chain already, the other half not at all. Some didn’t even know how to hold a crochet hook. I obviously cannot divide myself into 2. So I had to stay calm and just run from 1 group to the other. To make matters worse…it was soooooo hot!!!! 35C or 95F inside the classroom. We had a fan but that doesn’t do much in this kind of weather. It’s a good thing we’re all used to very hot weather.
The girls from last week I could easily divide into 2 groups = group 1 that practiced and got better. Group 2 that didn’t practice at home and could still not make a chain. This second group had to join the new girls. They didn’t mind though. They knew they weren’t ready for the next step.
While I teaching group 1 how to make the single crochet in a chain, group 2 went ahead with show the new girls how to hold the yarn and hook. By the time group 1 was practicing the single crochet, all girls in group 2 could hold the hook and yarn properly. Great teamwork I call that!
Time to run to group 2. Strangely enough, the girl who could crochet a chain fastest and first, was a new girl from third grade. She immediately got it and just kept going and going. And she crocheted so fast. It was unbelievable. Sent her to group 1 to go learn how to make the single crochet in a chain.
A real will to learn
One girl from group 2 was still struggling. Last week 2. Her chain was still a mess. But she has an incredible will to learn. And she stayed calm when things weren’t going well. There was no panicking or whining. I really like how she behaves. I’m gonna have to copy her behavior.
I had to hold her hands while she was holding the yarn and hook. I made the moves with her hands so she could see what had to be done. And you know what? By the end of the lesson she was already sitting in group 1 learning how to make the single crochet!!
It was sooooooo hot!!!
As I said earlier, it was incredibly hot. Constant sweating. Because of all that sweating, not only did we look ridiculous and messy, but the yarn was starting to become sticky. Try to crochet then. Not possible of course. Everyone found this so annoying. So we washed our hands every 15-20 minutes with some water. That did the trick! Just with some water is enough. No need for soap. This way our hands weren’t sticky and the yarn didn’t get dirty or sticky.
The girls in group 1 were doing a good job. Their single crochet stitches looked pretty good for a first time. There was just 1 little problem = they were skipping stitches. Their work looked like Swiss cheese! Lol! Of course then came that lovely part of crocheting we all love so much = starting over…. Yikes!!!
Nobody loved that part of course but it had to be done.
Tangles, tangles and moooore tangles
There was this one girl who hadn’t stored her yarn properly in her backpack. It was one huge tangled mess. And she didn’t tell me. Instead she had been trying to fix it herself while I wasn’t looking. Let’s just say that she didn’t know how to untangle….not even one tiny bit.
I managed to untangle a large part but some of it she had pulled so tight that there was no saving that part. Had to cut that part. We did have a good laugh when she said it looked like one of the other teachers his hair. Lol!!!
Then she took her chain out of her backpack. Turns out she had practiced at home and that too was in one big tangle. Thankfully a chain is so much easier to untangle. We quickly fixed that mess.
Then when she practiced the single crochet, I held the chain for a while to keep it from twisting. It kept doing that because of being tangled for so long. Holding the chain helped a lot.
By the end of the lesson there were only 2 girls who need to practice the chain a bit more. The other girls are all ready to start working on crocheting a rectangle. Nothing difficult. Just some back and forth single crochet.
Most of the girls went home immediately afterwards because their mama had come to pick them up. Some girls stayed a while longer and decided to crochet outside to keep busy. One of them said she wish the crochet lesson would last all day long. She badly wanted to stay in school till the evening. That was so sweet!
Homework… fun homework
I sent the girls home with some homework = practice the single crochet in a chain. Gave them the link to my video so they could practice at home with the ‘same teacher’. It’s always better this way. They’re used to my way of teaching and it’s best to continue this way at home. This makes it less confusing for them
I think the lesson went well. They advanced enough. In only 1.5 hour the difference was noticeable. There was no drama or whining. Even no complaining about the warm weather. We’re used to it they said. Next week more single crochet practice and hopefully soon they’ll be able to make a little coin purse.
Thank you for reading and see you next time!