Lesson 4: September 14th, 2022
Today we used the smart tv that’s in the classroom. Should have done this from the very first lesson already. What a difference it made!!!! There was a new girl again. The new girl from last week still needed a LOT of help. Group 2 has already moved to group 1 because they advanced enough. And group 1 makes reasonable nice single crochet stitches already.
I looooove that smart tv
If you read the lesson 3 post in my diary, you’ll know that last week was chaos. The girls had so many questions and they came all at the same time. I didn’t know where to look first and who to answer first. So this week I made use of the smart tv in the classroom. Why didn’t I think of that from the beginning???!!! It made such a difference! This is the video I showed my students:
I put this video on repeat. It meant that any time a student needed me to explain things, the child could just simply have a look at the video and she immediately got the answer she needed. Before she would have had to wait her turn. That’s a waste of good time and not very handy at all. Now there’s no waiting anymore and it makes such a difference. In the video I also use the exact same yarn and hook as during the lessons. This makes it less confusing. It looks exactly the same, just on a tv instead.
The other girls
2 of the girls are still complete beginners. They need my attention constantly. And with that video on repeat on tv for the more advanced girls, I had plenty of time to focus on my new girls. I had to hold their hands and make the moves myself. Had noticed in previous lessons that this is a really really good way of learning for my students. It works way better than showing an example with my own hands. When I hold their hands and make the moves, they feel when the hook does a certain movement and when I turn the hook to where. Because I did this, the girls could not only see the right moves, but also feel them. As I said already, this method is a really good method. When doing this you do have to make sure you showered already. Sitting this close to each other + smelling to sweat = 🤢🤣🤣🤣.
The head mistress
The head mistress had to decided to join us this time. To check and see how things were going. Me = 😲😲😲. She’s not terribly strict or anything like that but it still made me a little nervous.
She had some good tips but no complaints! 🥳🥳🥳
The hook got stuck, really stuck
This one girl her hook kept getting stuck. By stuck, I mean really stuck. So bad that i could not remove the hook. Trying to frog didn’t work. The hook was stuck so bad, I literally had to cut it out. The girl had to start over. But to make sure she wouldn’t get left behind, I made the starting chain and first couple of rows of single crochet myself. After that I paid attention to what she was doing. I had to know how she managed to get her hook stuck like that. It was obvious she was doing something wrong, but what??!!
The first thing I noticed was that the loop on her hook was way too close to the tip of the hook. There’s part of the reason why her hook kept getting stuck. This mistake she was making, made the stitches a lot smaller. A LOT smaller!
But even when she was crocheting in the stitches I made for her, her hook still got stuck all the time. Even though my stitches for not too small. So I had a look again at what she did. That’s when I noticed the tip of her hook was facing the wrong direction every time when she had to pull the hook back out of the stitches. The hook would get stuck. That caused her to panic, she would pull the yarn way too much and she would frantically pull the hook up and down to try to get it out. Told her to calm down. No need to panic. Then when I wanted to show her what to do, I noticed there were lots of little loops on the back of her work. Little loops from messed up yarn. She had actually work through those. That caused the hook to get stuck even more. Let’s just say it was one big mess. 😵😵😵
So I sat her down in front of me, held her hands and made the movements myself. Like I did for the new girls. I made the movements really really slow so she could clearly see what had to be done and when. The main focus was on the tip of the hook cause that’s where she goes wrong. After a couple of minutes of doing this, she got it and was able to crochet without any problems afterwards.
Her piece got smaller and smaller
That’s a typical beginner mistake. They don’t crochet in the last stitch of the row and later on notice the piece has gradually gotten smaller. That’s what one girl had done. She crochets fast. The girl had 20 rows already! It was very nicely done. No bumps or holes. But the sides were a mess. She had skipped the last stitch quite often. And then some rows she had actually made 2 stitches in the last row 😫 The shape of her work did make us laugh really hard. It had the shape of the middle piece panties 😂😂.
Because she crochets so nice and the lesson was almost over, I told her to just continue and focus on keeping her stitches even. Then next week I will have her focus on the stitch count. I’ll have her come to me after every row so I can check how many stitches she has. If she can’t locate the last stitch, I’ll show her where it is. This way she’ll quickly learn how to do it right.
The lesson went well
I think the lesson went really well. Everybody can now do more than last week. That smart tv really helped a lot. It was as if there were 2 teachers in the classroom. Loved it!
All girls, except for the 2 new ones, can now make a reasonably nice looking single crochet in a chain. The 2 new girls can make a chain already and will start learning the single crochet next week.