In case you haven’t heard, I volunteer in an inner city school with grades K thru 8. I work mostly with the middle schoolers, but I am a reading tutor too, so I have a second grader who gets my undivided attention for an hour each week. Not enough, but better than nothing. Last year, I taught after school enrichment sewing. It was not a huge success. I had 8 students and only won working sewing machine so there was lots of down time.
This coming school year, I will be teaching crochet as the enrichment class – and the principal wants me to grade the students. That’s a drag. But, it might be interesting. I am getting excited about teaching the middle schoolers how to crochet. Two of them are knitters. I think one has learned to crochet from a grandmother. I’m not a fantastic crochet teacher, but I’m willing to give it a go. At least, each kid can have his/her own hook and yarn.
For our first project, we will make a dish cloth. After that, I need some ideas for simple beginner projects that will interest boys. The girls are easy. We can make scrunchies, bracelets, headbands, etc. But, what do I come up with for boys? I need some help here. These are boys in grades six, seven, and eight. Caps are out of the question since these African American kids assure me they do not wear caps. I’ll take their word for that.
To make this interesting and to get your creative juices flowing, I’m making this a Giveaway. To the person who sends in the best (IMO) beginner project for boys with a link to a pattern online (or some other source), I’ll send a great new crochet book that I have recently reviewed here. We won’t be doing ripples for the beginners, but this book is just too cool for you not to have it in your library. So, it’s the prize.
One entry per person. The Giveaway is open from now through midnight CDT, August 15, 2014. School resumes August 12, 2014 but my first enrichment class will not be until the following week, so I have some planning time. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find a great, simple, beginner project that will appeal to tween boys. You game? Post your entry in the Comment Section below being sure to INCLUDE YOUR POSTAL ZIP CODE.
Get busy! This book is very cool and you’ll love it even if you’ve never worked up a ripple project before! Looking forward to seeing some great ideas from you. Should more than one person post the same project which I consider to be the winning entry, theperson who posted it first will be deemed the winner. I am the only judge for this contest so you only gotta please me!