now this why I give credit to friends... did after being awake 39hrs... will revisit correct as necessary with my current wide-awake sparkling grey matter....! Thank you so much Bill! best wishes, Peter,
Also, I work with children age 2,5-12. I'd like to find something for them to do that they don't already know. But they know the standard macrame already. What would be an easy but unconventional or underrated knot that kids would be able to learn rather fast?
Hi Nicolaj!, Firstly a few questions (yeah.. I know it's a lot to do with attention span, esp. with the younger ones...) if you don't mind... 1: Apart from practising at home,(btw: do you give them projects to do at home?), how often each month do you intend giving classes in macrame/knotting? 2: How proficient are the children at present? You can perhaps use a link on 1 or 2 macrame deviations on dA to illustrate your answer... 3: What is the length of the lesson section or (the whole lesson) spent on this one subject? 4:Finally: You stated: "I work with children age 2,5-12" that age range is pretty huge! ...With very significant differences in the average abilities of a 3yo compared to a 7yo and even more between a 7yo and an 11yo; not to mention that something fun and exciting for a four-year-old could be pretty boring for an eleven-year-old; do you split the class into groups... or are we talking several different classes (with similar / compatible ages)?
This question of the number of classes isn't clear in your question... because it's quite a lot of work creating lesson plans for say 4 or 5 different classes and I would have to know the abilities/level of each class...than creating one plan which you could adapt to various sections of a single group...
A single plan I could almost certainly help with! ... but several plans aimed at different ages is a lot of work as all teachers know,considering the materials / worksheets/handouts that would need to be worked out/generated etc... and I don't think I could commit that amount of time with all I have on my plate at present
hope this answers your question... Bye for now... my friend, best wishes, Peter.
Well, that's the problem, it's one big group since I do after school care. And it's not really a class but more like a thing they can do if they want to. There is no obligation.And I wasn't really planning on asking you to design me some classes, but I thought you could maybe point me to some easy knots. I'd think the ones that would be interested are those of the age-group between 6-12, but some would not know it and have no real patience, while others already make friendship bracelets with letters in them and stuff like that.
I was thinking about maybe translating some of your work in dutch to use with the kids and give it a difficulty rating so that those who are better could challenge themselves separate from the others. But I'm not sure I've got time for it.
Sorry to jump into this conversation like this. Macrame is usually only based on a few different knots and all the variation and design elements come from the combination of these knots. There are of course many nice decorative knots too and some of them are even quite simple. I have small easy to understand and well illustrated book on decorative knots at home. Maybe something like that would help you. I will look up how it is called. If you are only generally looking for things to do with the children you could also think of loop braiding (some good tutorials here [link] ), or finger weaving, or tablet weaving. You could even try Sprang, or plysplitting. These are all techniques with little additional materials required. If you want to know about any of the techniques you can send me a note. I am living in the Netherlands and may even be able to give a few tips on how and where to find certain materials and supplies. Greetings, Anna