Finger Knitting in the Classroom
Minds On: The Six-Word Memoir Project was a project developed by SMITH Magazine in November 2006. Since then, it has found its way into classrooms and boardrooms around the world. The essence of the six-word memoir is to tell a story in six words to summarize thinking, and to extend and build conversations.
Use six words to describe your experiences or reaction to one the images you see below in the Discussion.
Let's Explore why we use Finger Knitting in the Classroom: Finger knitting is a great exercise for students that requires few resources and has a low threshold high ceiling applications. In this module, we will explore: cross curricular connections, constructivist paradigm (actively constructing knowledge in social settings), beginning makerspace exploration, a precursor to knitting with needs, and some links to coding.
Shopping List of Finger Knitting
What you'll need for this module includes: Yarn (chunkier looks better in my opinion) and your fingers! You can purchase yarn at many dollar stores. Walmart or the bargain bin at Michaels are other good options. Remember to use the weekly coupon at Michaels for an additional discount on full-price items. Teachers can also show their Ontario College of Teachers card and receive 15% off regularly purchased items (although not in conjunction with the weekly Michaels discount coupon).
Some great guides you can follow (click the picture to follow the link)
On Mobile: Making a beaded bracelet
On Mobile: Making an infinity scarf
On Mobile: Making a Winter toque
Part two of the Winter Hat finger knitting project can be found at this link.
Consolidation: Take a picture of one of the projects you created and post it to the discussion. What did you like about this experience? How would you modify or use this experience for learners in the classroom? How else might finger knitting be used to support special needs in the classroom?
Add to the Discussion on Finger Knitting.
We encourage you to read through the posts of your peers and to comment and contribute where you feel a connection.
Some additional resources and links:
Finger Knitting Projects: http://www.stitchandunwind.com/finger-knitting-for-kids/
Finger Knitted Animal Ears: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lWgId-A3Lc
Finger Knitted Rug: http://www.flaxandtwine.com/2012/02/woven-finger-knitting-hula-hoop-rug-diy/
Finger Knit a Blanket: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YTenXk52GI
Why Teach Knitting: http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/classbenefits.html
Melanie’s Full Presentation on Finger Knitting: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/11CaNpS7ryOhOmFwNImKFirqIgbrCcF6nDbklC79YpgM/edit?usp=sharing