As an elementary school special education teacher, I enjoy the art of teaching. I love everything about it, with a possible exception of numerous meetings! Even these are not so bad when the topic is something I am passionate about. But the greatest joy, by far, are the students! The challenge of meeting them where they are at and moving them forward is a task that is never the same from day to day, includes hours of pondering and planning, trying strategies, changing strategies because a certain one did not work, and most of all seeing and feeling the joy a student (and the teacher!) has when they make progress. TODAY, however, my blog really is not intended to be about the joy of teaching at school, but rather, the joy of teaching a rising second grader to sew! (Sewing?? Does everything have to come back to sewing?? No, but in this blog is usually does!)
This summer I've had the privilege of teaching my grand-niece to sew.... much like I gave her mama sewing lessons some 20-some years ago! During the first lesson she decided that she wanted to make a quilt for her doll -- appropriately named "Big Dolly!" Out came the box of scrap fabrics. We spent much of our time that day with "H" picking out the fabrics she wanted to use. After talking about ideas, and cutting out squares, I put out an old doll blanket of mine on the table, and told her to play around with square placement. She knew exactly what she wanted to do and laid out this lovely design.